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A Custom Laurent Giles Vertue 26″

This is a truly special Laurent Giles Vertue, built by an experienced and dedicated boat builder, Jack Basset. Jack has been building boats for over 30 years, and chose the Vertue as the design he most wanted to construct for himself. The Vertue design was created in the 1930s by British designer J. Laurent Giles as the quintessential off-shore boat. This particular Vertue has preven herself as a true bluewater cruiser, having crossed the Atlantic ten years ago, and was prepped for another crossing when the pandemic hit and the plan had to be scrapped.

Jack Laurent Giles, a graduate in Engineering Science from Cambridge University, set out to pioneer scientific yacht design. Early designs were conventional sailing yachts, but as his confidence grew he soon showed himself to be a master of his trade. Notable examples of Laurent Giles’ work include the famous 25-foot (7.6 m) Vertue, and at least 230 of these have been made. Vertue XXVwas the boat that really sealed the class’ celebrity status, mainly due to the book written by Humphrey ‘Hum’ Barton (1900-1980) about his 1950 crossing from Falmouth to New York via the most direct West/East passage, called Vertue XXV (UK edition) or Westward Crossing (US edition). Barton commissioned the yacht to sail to America and gained publicity for the Laurent Giles yacht design company. The 3,669 mile crossing was completed in 47 days 11 hours, making an average speed of 3.38 knots per hour, or 77.26 miles per day. After completing the trip, Barton famously said of the Vertue: “During the past thirty years I have sailed in numerous small yachts and have examined a great many more and I am of the opinion that Vertue XXXV is the most perfect small ocean-going yacht that has ever been designed and built”. 

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Conception Island, Bahamas

She features a new Yanmar 2YM 15 diesel engine, six sails by Nat Wilson, chartplotter/depthsounder, AIS transponder, radar, self-steering, anchors, series drogue, nesting dinghy, custom interior, plus much more. This is an absolutely lovely little bluewater boat with a design pedigree that was clearly honored by her builder. She lies in Maine and is listed by the owner for $100,000.

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