Flying Fish

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Design No. 1239
Built for: Jack Bassett
Builder: J. Bassett, Maine, United States of America.
Date designed: 1946/84
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 230
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

By the time that Jack Bassett contacted Laurent Giles in February 2000 the company had been reformed and had for six years been under the control of Barry van Geffen. having been interviewed by Jack Giles in 1998 shortly before his death two years before, Barry had left school in Lymington had started his yacht design career with Laurent Giles & Partners Ltd in 1971 under the tutorship of the remaining Partners.
Barry having gained his expertise in the drawing office assembling the packages of plans for Vertue (and others) for new construction, and executing many of the revisions to the Vertue design including the 1984 development of the G.R.P Vertue Mk II, had become the authority on Vertues within the Laurent Giles firm.
Launched in 2010 Flying Fish was built to the original Vertue hull form with raised sheer, not the Vertue II. Her hull is of cold-molded construction with an initial layer of Alaska Yellow Cedar – tongue and groove molded and edge glued. Three subsequent layers of 1/8″ cedar were vacuumed bagged and epoxy glued at angles to one another and biaxial glass fibre cloth added on the outside to protect the soft cedar such is the general specification given on the standard drawing for strip plank construction. The whole project took Jack eight years of building, most of which was in a boat shed in his front garden and in the cellar! Jack has been very complimentary about the design, the level of information in the drawing package, and the characteristics of Flying Fish, and after two transatlantic voyages wrote to Barry in 2009: ‘Since launching I have been quite happy with the handling of the Vertue; she is well balanced and a true blue-water sailor’.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Flying Fish, 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

1363 Construction Plan 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 Flying Fish