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Laurent Giles Columbia Class sloop

(REF: 18501)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Year: 1979
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 20'6''
  • Beam: 6'5"
  • Draft: 4'5''
  • Tonnage: 3

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Laurent Giles Columbia Class sloop designed by Laurent Giles as an affordable, capable and easily handled cruising boat.

The design has a reverse sheer to increase internal space, deep self draining cockpit, and water tight bulkheads fore and aft which act as dry stowage space but also as collision bulkheads.  She is a mini blue water cruising yacht and far more capable then her dimensions suggest.

Bought by the present owner from the chap who built her.  She requires a small amount of work including a cosmetic tidy up to make her ready for the summer, but she appears to be structurally sound.

Also available for purchase by separate negotiation is a very good quality single axle road trailer that fits the boat very nicely, making her a very cost effective way of getting afloat this summer.

Length                                  20’6”

Beam                                    6’5”

Draft                                      4’5”

Thames Tonnage             3TM




Edge glued cedar planking copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers, sheathed externally.

Iroko centreline structure with sawn hardwood floors across the centreline.

Cast iron fin keel fastened with mild steel keel bolts.

Sheathed plywood deck finished in non-slip deck paint.

Painted mahogany coachroof coamings with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Skeg hung wooden rudder with tiller steering.



Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped Procotr alloy mast.  Proctor alloy roller reefing boom with a clever though-mast gooseneck and a winding handle on the forward face of the mast.

A number of sails in good condition including a good mainsail, genoa and asymmetric with a snuffer.

Stainless steel standing rigging, believed to have been replaced in 2004.

Furlex roller furling headsail.  Split standing backstay.  An easy rig to handle.

Pair of bottom action Andersen sheet winches.




Simple interior layout with 2 berths and comfortable sitting headroom.

Steps down into the cabin with a galley area to port with a 2 burner Primus stove.  Chart table to starboard.

Forward through the ring bulkhead to a settee berth either side with sitting headroom.

Masses of storage space in the ends of the boat and under the side decks.



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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.


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