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Lymington 'L' class

Brief details

Builder

Elkins of Christchurch and others

A classic daysailer/weekender from the board of Laurent Giles, and a forerunner of the legendary Vertue class, the Lymington 'L' class started with two boats built to the design by Laurent Giles as 'day cruisers'. The boat illustrated here is one of the first two, being built in 1933 for Col. Bland-Strang for £205.

LOA

23' 6"

Sail area

280 sq ft main and 3/4 genoa

LWL

19' 5"

Rig

sloop

Beam

6' 9"

Cabins

1

Draught

4' 0"

Berths

2

Displacement

6,048 lbs

Engine

varies

Ballast

believed approx 2,500 lbs

BHP

6- 8

Keel type

Long keel

Lymington 'L' class


In her first year this yacht was raced with the handicap fleet at Lymington, and, according to 'Yachting Monthly' of the time, "....handled admirably, was conspicuously dry and well-mannered" and ".... in light winds repeatedly outsailed her rivals, leading the class by as much as 2 mins a mile"

The design was soon adopted by the area as a local one-design racing class, and it is believed 38 were built in total, all except one of which are apparently still sailing.

Lymington 'L' class


The Lymington 'L' is primarily a dayboat, this example having been restored to the original interior plan, with just two berths, and a forepeak empty for sails and gear. There is a small galley and chart table.

The original hull and sailplan had a short bumkin allowing a longer boom, reaching to above the rudder head. On this yacht the boom has been shortened: the sailplan sketch below reflects this. Despite this she still has a good sail area for her size

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Lymington 'L' class

Laurent Giles was asked if he could draw out the lines of the Lymington 'L' One Design a little. His questioner wanted ".... a boat in which two people can sleep, cook and go cruising".

The result was the famous "Andrillot", the first of the Vertue class. The Vertues have a strong resemblance in hull form to the 'L', although the Vertue is slightly bigger, has more freeboard and a larger coachroof.

Lymington 'L' class

Lymington 'L' class

   

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