Wooden ships comments on this Laurent Giles Wanderer Class
The Wanderer Class was a development of Hiscock’s Wanderer 111 designed by Laurent Giles and built for him in 1952. In Wanderer 111, Hiscock sailed 32,000 miles in a 3-year circumnavigation.
After his experience with Wanderer 111 he judged she would be a better ship with a little more beam and sail area and the result was the Wanderer Class.
Several were built in UK yards and quite a few by Cheoy Lee in Hong Kong who had also built 15 of the Laurent Giles Vertues, some would say a smaller sister to the Wanderer.
This yacht was built in Southampton by the previous owner and his company Launched in 1985 she is believed to be the last wooden Wanderer built in UK and the construction was supervised by David Hopkins, Marine Surveyor from Hamble. .
Spring 2015. The owner is now in poor health and no longer sailing. The yacht has been laid up for 18 months and he has now instructed us to slash the price and sell this season.
Being built on hardwoods there is no significant opening of the hull after her time ashore. In addition to the yacht, the owner is offering all his boating equipment collected over many years including dinghies, outboard engines, sails and cordage. Full list to come.
Planked in iroko, all copper fastened to 1 ¾” x 1 ¼” steam bent oak timbers in 2 laminations to avoid inevitable fracture on the tight turn at the tuck and the bilge, heavier and closer spaced in way of the mast, on an oak back-bone.
Iron ballast keel. Massive oak floors on every second timber with galvanised strap floor on the other timber making a very robust back-bone.
Deck laid in 2 layers of ½” ply, Cascover sheathed and painted.
5” toe rail with varnished iroko capping.
Pair of varnished wood mooring cleats on the fore and after decks. Heavy Sampson post, slotted to accept and hold the chain on the fore deck.
Totally clear side and fore decks.
Capstan-type chain windlass on the fore deck
Twin chain roller galvanised stemhead fitting.
Stainless steel pull-pit and stanchion posts with twin guard wires.
Varnished iroko coach-roof coamings with 2 fixed windows aft and 4 opening bronze port holes each side.
Nicely cambered sheathed and painted ply roof with varnished grab rails each side.
Heavy duty, varnished iroko fore hatch on the fwd end of the coach-roof.
Dorade vent in the middle of the coach-roof.
Cabin entrance sliding hatch in a garage with grab rail each side. Spray-hood over on stainless steel frame.
Deep, sheltered self draining cock-pit with high, varnished iroko coamings give a tremendous feeling of security.
Tiller steering to transom-hung rudder.
Seat/locker each side divided into 2, long locker forward, short locker aft. The locker faces forming the cock-pit well lift and hinge with the lid to give excellent access to these deep storage lockers.
Locker aft in the well to the lazarette with a glass holder on the coaming above under the tiller – just right for a whiskey glass.
Teak gratings in the well.
Large, opening ply panel in the well gives excellent access to the stern tube etc for service.
Wide bridge-deck across the front of the cock-pit.
The cabin entrance hatch is slightly off-set to stbd with a sliding hatch in a garage. Solid iroko varnished louvered washboards with optional mosquito or clear Perspex wash-boards.
Masthead bermudian sloop rig on round section, hollow, painted, built wooden mast stepped in a galvanised steel cup on the coach-roof with a similar mast section compression post below the deck.
Single spreaders. Steps up the mast.
Stainless steel standing rigging with stainless steel rigging screws to internal bronze chain plates.
Twin standing back-stays to the quarters, twin lowers and cap shrouds.
Fore stay with Harken roller furling gear.
External bronze mainsail track.
Slab reefing varnished boom with stainless steel goose neck fittings on twin mast bands
Halyards led aft through turning blocks on the mast and coach-roof to jamming cleats under the spray-hood.
Main sheet on tufnol blocks with a jammer on the lower block to a galvanised horse across the tiller on the aft deck.
Headsail sheets led through blocks on single cars on Harken tracks on the toe rails.
Pair of new Lewmar 44 self tailing sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.
Pair of single speed, top action Lewmar winches on the coach-roof under the spray-hood + 2 x 3-line Harken clutches.
This is the simplest rig the yacht can carry, strong, well-built and the new self-tailing winches make the headsail very manageable.
All sails original 1985 in white terylene.
Mainsail 233sq’ with Kemp Packaway self-stowing system.
Genoa No 1 300sq’ on Harken Mk 3 roller furling gear.
No 2 and 3 genoas
Storm jib and spinnaker
Wooden spinnaker pole stows up the rigging.
Bukh 20hp 2-cylinder diesel installed new in 1985. Salt water cooled.
Belt driven alternator
Single lever controls
2 x 12v batteries in the bilge in front of the engine with change-over switch.
V-berths in the fore cabin with infill to make a large double berth. Drawer below in varnished iroko joinery.
Bulkhead doorway, stbd off-set, oval top and bottom, to ablutions area.
Jabsco sea toilet to port with lockers under the side deck.
The forward bulkhead door swings round to close off the WC compartment.
Opposite to stbd under the side deck is a newly built stainless steel hand basin, draining overboard, with shower head delivering H&C pressurised water allowing a shower wash, draining into the bilge.
Bulkhead door with oval top and bottom, off-set to stbd through to saloon cabin. This door closes off either the hand basin or the saloon cabin allowing use of the heads and ablutions area independent of either the forward cabin or the saloon cabin or both.
Narrow, vertical chain locker alongside the hand basin compartment with the chain fed through a hawse pipe in the coaming above.
Saloon cabin with port and stbd 6’6” settee berths.
Pilot berth behind the port settee berth with fold-away pipe cot – probably the most comfortable sea berth in the yacht.
Varnished mahogany saloon table with fold-out flap.
Part bulkheads each side aft to:
Stbd large chart table, drawer and lockers under.
Oilies hanging locker aft under the bridge deck.
Port galley with Flavell 2-burner, grill and oven gas cooker, stainless steel sink in a work surface athwartships under the side deck. Good stowage.
Fold-down varnished flap over the cooker suitably disguises it when not in use.
Step-locker box and step over the engine to the entrance hatch.
Surface lifts and front pulls away to give good access to the engine.
Electrical controls down the stbd side of the engine step.
25 gall flexible water tank each side under the settee berths.
Hot water calorifier tank under the port pilot berth.
Pressurised water supply to galley and fwd hand basin.
Sealed, draining gas locker in the port cock-pit locker contains 2 Camping Gas bottles.
Cock-pit table on a pedestal stows away under the pilot berth.
6’2” head-room in the saloon cabin.
5’7” head-room in fore cabin.
Varnished iroko joinery and sole boards, all very thick and strong.
3 pairs of laminated hanging knees each side to the coach-roof form attractive features in the cabin as well as adding enormous strength to the structure.
Grab rails along the coamings each side.
Small side-board shelf each side over the fwd ends of the settees provide stowage space for bedding. Lockers under the side decks above each side.
Brass reading lights above the berths.
Pascal Atkey charcoal cabin heater on the fwd saloon bulkhead.
Bulkhead steering compass alongside entrance hatch. Hand held GPS
ST60 wind/speed/depth Clock and barometer.
Wind speed indicator
Danforth and fisherman anchors Capstan chain windlass
Hand held fog-horn Deck safety lines
Stainless steel boarding ladder Life buoy.
These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.