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Laurent Giles Vertue Boats Review and Specs

Year: 1963  
Manufacturer: Wooden Ships
Price: £24,500

Vertue.                                                                                                   Length on deck                                       25.3’ Lel                                                         21.5’ Beam                                                     7.2’ Draft                                                       4.6’   Thames Tonnage                                     5TM     The Vertue was designed by Jack Laurent Giles before the war and has become probably the most celebrated small cruiser ever, largely due to the amazing voyages made in these tough little ships. It was Humphrey Barton who made the design’s reputation in his blue water voyages in Vertue XXXV and Hiscock spoke highly of the design. He engaged Laurent Giles to design his Wanderer 2 and 3 both designs owing much to the Vertue.  15 were built in teak by Cheoy Lee of Hong Kong and Speedwell of Hong Kong further confirmed the Vertue reputation by sailing home to England from Hong Kong and again sailing to the Caribbean, down to Cape Town and back home. Since these first extended voyages in the 1960’s proving that a well-designed and built small yacht could sail safely off-shore, many Vertues have made similar and longer voyages and a Trans-Atlantic voyage in a Vertue is nowadays regarded as totally normal though still just as challenging. The early boats had very short coach-roofs with sitting head-room below. After the war, the topsides were raised by a plank and a much bigger coach-roof added extending forward of the mast and raised to a dog-house aft so that Vertues are often identified as “long” or “short” dog-house models, there being a few inches difference but seen as a one window or two dog-house. In a little boat, a few inches can make a significant difference. This one is the long dog-house model with twin windows. The extra few inches length in the dog-house make a noticeable difference to the space below.   Built by Cheoy Lee, Hong Kong  in 1963.   Planked in 1 1/8

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