Sailing yachts

Laurent Giles Wanderer class

(REF: 18240)


  • Designer: Giles, Laurent
  • Builder: Colne Marine, Essex
  • Year: 1965
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 29'9"
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 8TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Wanderer class

The Wanderer was Jack Laurent Giles’ 8 tonner, designed for Eric Hiscock to undertake his circumnavigation voyage.  Her lines were drawn with blue water cruising in mind and it is easy to see the similarities between this and the famous Vertue which had been such a success already.

This yacht was built for Captain David Guthrie  by Colne Marine, Essex in 1965, for the purpose of sailing across the Atlantic.  This he completed in 1965 from Madeira to Antigua in 26 days.  The following year he returned to Falmouth via Bermuda, a voyage of 3295Nm.  She was built to a high standard with strength and seaworthiness in mind.

Long keel design with a transom stern and transom hung rudder, slightly cut away forefoot to reduced the wetted surface area and gentle spoon bow.  Quite full in the bilge amidships to give stability and interior volume, with a fine run aft .


In the present ownership a refit has been started with brand new standing rigging all round, complete with the necessary certification, and a refitted sail wardrobe.  The engine has been proved as a reliable unit and although she looks cosmetically rough the hull appears to be sound.  Some elbow grease and hard graft will have her a long way to being sorted out.

LOD                                                 29’9”

LWL                                                 24’6”

Beam                                              9’6”

Draft                                               5’

Thames Tonnage                         8TM




Planked in 1″ Iroko all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers

External 5 ton lead ballast keel with stainless keel bolts

Some iron strap floors and some grown oak floors.

Solid yacht laid teak deck of 1 1/8″.

White painted teak coachroof coamings, sheathed plywood coachroof deck

Self draining cockpit.



Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped alloy Proctor spar.

Wooden roller reefing boom

Stainless steel rigging, new 2017 with certificate, to internal bronze chain plates

Furlex 2000 roller furling system on the genoa, fitted 2005.

Working sails repaired as necessary in 2017 and in good condition.  Large number of spare sails.



Bukh ME 24hp 2cyl marine diesel installed new in 2005.

Single lever control, 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5.5kts cruising, 7kts max

2 stainless steel tanks, total of 35 gallons.

Twin 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.



4 berths in total.

Galley in aft port corner, needs refurbishing.  Chart desk to starboard.

Unusual dinette arrangement to port in the saloon giving a neat saloon table with a single comfortable seating either side.  Pilot berth to port under the side deck.

Starboard side of the saloon is a full length settee berth.

Moving forward there is a heads compartment to port with a Blakes sea toilet and hand basin.  Hanging locker to starboard.

Forward cabin twin V-berths, anchor locker and storage.




Full specification and details available upon request





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.