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Vertue II (GRP)

Brief details

Builder

Bossoms Boatyard, Oxford

Based on a 1936 design by Laurent Giles, the Vertue II is a later GRP version of this classic small cruiser. By modern standards the Vertue is heavy displacement, but this makes her a reassuringly solid and stable yacht. With laid teak decks and quality joinery, plus expensive detailing such as closed fairleads set into deep toerails, the Vertue II was always an expensive yacht for her size when built. Over 75 years since the design originated, the Vertue remains an excellent choice for safe short-handed cruising.

LOA

25' 8"

Sail area

464 sq ft main and genoa

LWL

21' 6"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

7' 10"

Cabins

Saloon and forecabin

Draught

4' 5"

Berths

4

Displacement

approx 9,200 lbs

Engine

various small diesels

Ballast

approx 4,400 lbs

BHP

12- 20

Keel type

Long keel with transom-hung rudder

In 1936 Laurent Giles designed a small yacht called "Andrillot". Built in Oregon pine for £400 by Moodys, she was gaff cutter rigged, with bowsprit and topsail, the designer describing her as having "...the general outward character of a pilot fishing boat". "Andrillot" soon became noticed for the long passages she began to make, one cruise to Biscay took in the West of England and the Scilly Isles, and returned via the Channel Islands, winning her skipper the Royal Cruising Club's Founders Cup.  By 1939 ten sisters had been built, rigged as Bermudian sloops having double headsails, sometimes known as "slutters".  In 1939 one of these won the Little Ships Club's Vertue Cup in 1939 for a 750 mile summer cruise, taking in 22 ports and taking only 19 days for the round trip - a remarkable achievement for a small yacht without an engine.

After winning the Vertue Cup, Laurent Giles entitled the class the Vertue, making minor modifications to the hull and coachroof design. These Vertues became the classic small boat of choice for the single-handed long distance sailor. The owner of the original "Andrillot", in the post-war Vertue XXXV, took her transatlantic east-west, surviving a hurricane and a knockdown in the process. Many other Vertues made much longer voyages, including several circumnavigations.

There were various 'tweaks' to the Vertue lines over the years, including different coachroof designs, and slight alterations to the sheer. In the late 1970s the Vertue II was created for GRP production, these again had slight alterations to the original design, including a simpler sloop rig and about 4" more beam than the original Vertues. They also have a slightly higher ballast ratio, and retain the essential character of a tough, all-weather little cruiser.

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Yachting Monthly gave the Vertue 3rd place in its feature 'Top 100 Best Boats of the 20th Century', saying ".... Laurent Giles 26 foot classic has proved to be one of the most seaworthy small designs ever built... and her rugged profile is instantly recognisable 70 years after it was drawn."

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Above: Behind the hanging space opposite the heads is a bank of drawers for bosuns stores etc.






Not your usual £120 Jabsco in the Vertue II illustrated here - this is a Baby Blake, which to buy new now (and they are still made) costs £3,800.

There is a small fold-down washbasin above the heads (photo below)

Photographs Yachtsnet and from owner

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There were options from Bossoms for internal fitout - this yacht had white bulkheads instead of wood veneered, and on this boat the saloon table with fold-out leaves is fitted on a hinge/swivel bracket
that allows it to be put to one side when not needed, and can also be moved into the cockpit when required as a cockpit table.

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GRP Vertue II for sale
GRP Vertue II for sale
GRP Vertue II for sale

Over the years the Vertue rig has changed, from a gaff cutter with bowsprit and bumkin, through a double headsail "slutter" bermudan rig, and a fractional sloop, to the present simple masthead sloop, with roller-furling on the genoa

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