Cardinal Vertue

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Design No. 0084
Built for: R. J. Sergent
Builder: E.F. Elkins, Christchurch, England,,
Date designed: 1946
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 19
Principal Design Data
L.O.A: 25’ 3½” ( 7.70 m)
Datum: 21’ 6″ ( 6.55 m)
Beam Max: 7’ 2″ ( 2.18 m)
Draft: 4′ 6″ ( 1.37 m)
Displacement tons: 4.2
T.M.: 4.97 tons
Ballast ratio: 47.1%
Sail Area: 384 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan slutter

Planked in Mahogany on grown Oak frames notably her saloon wasn’t lined but instead battened, otherwise she was a standard Elkins Vertue, and with probably the most distinguished sailing history of any Vertue, as in 1963 Cardinal Vertue was the smallest yacht to have rounded Cape Horn, but she was probably most famous gaining honour in the hands of her third owner, David Lewis.
David a New Zealander living in England, sailed her single handed to Stavanger in Norway and back in 1959 to qualify himself as an entrant for the first Observer Single Handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1960. He then sailed her from Plymouth (England) to New York for the grueling 3000 mile race.
In his book, The Ship Would Not Travel Due West, David tells of the race, in which he competed (and came third) against Francis Chichester and Herbert (Blondie) Hasler and others.
But Cardinal Vertue’s story did not end there. In September 1962 David sold her to another remarkable man, Australian Bill Nance, who in 1963 left Brixham on the first leg of his circumnavigation and reached San Fernando in Argentina in 61 days. His next leg was to Capetown and then on to Melbourne a voyage which proved to be as tough as Bill had feared, and with 2,000 miles to go he lost his mast off the Île Saint-Paul half way between Madagascar and Western Australia. Bill pressed on and made Freemantle under jury rig, and there he carried out repairs before sailing on to Auckland where Cardinal Vertue was refitted before the last leg of her circumnavigation to Buenos Aires via Cape Horn.
Nance and Cardinal Vertue gained the considerable distinction of holding the single handed speed record for a long passage: 122 miles per day for 53 days.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Cardinal Vertue, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

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Study Notes

34 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of Andrillot and the various Vertue types. Construction scantlings of the carvel, strip plank & steel versions are outlined as are the variant deck arrangements, accommodation layouts and rigs.
Included are generic drawing lists for each of the alternative designs and information for clients considering building a new Vertue.

Model Plans

G:Laurent Giles Naval Architects (NZ) LtdProjects�950 – 0999

Full set of Stock Building Plans

1244 Vertue XXXV low res

Full construction drawings are available for the Vertue. There are many options available: a new Vertue can be constructed from the original pre 1938 or post 1945 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction or for steel construction. In all cases full lofting (with full size templates for the strip plank version), hull and deck works construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.
Just click on contact us on our home page, send a short message with the title ‘Vertue stock plans’ and we will reply to discus which options are required with each version of the famous and extremely highly regarded ocean cruising yacht.

Poster & Art Prints

1981 Lines Plan low res