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Design No. 0051

Built for: L. A. Biddle
Builder: Elkins Boatyard, Christchurch, England
Date designed: 1937

Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 5

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 Sloop


Built on the same design and by the same yard as Monie it was the exploits of Epeneta that gave the class its name. The class was actually named post war by Laurent Giles in recognition of the presentation to Lawrence Biddle and Humphrey Barton on Epeneta, of the Little Ship Club’s Vertue Cup for their crossing the Bay of Biscay in 1939. Even then it took a further eight years before it was official named The Vertue Class. Note the spelling with an e not i after Peter Vertue who provided the cup.


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

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

Download Drawing List

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 the Vertue class.

Model Plans

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

Full set of Stock Building Plans

306 Sail, Spar & Rigging Plan Low Res

A replica of Epeneta can be constructed from the original 1950 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints

1981 Lines Plan low res Epeneta