Maid Meriel

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Design No. 0056

Built for: Lt. Col. E. W. Busk.
Builder: H. King, Pin Mill, England
Date designed: 1937

Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 11

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


Maid Meriel was launched in 1946 and was the first project that Giles put with Harry King’s yard at Pin Mill on the river Orwell. Nearly ten years before Maid of Malham was constructed a few miles to the southwest by King & sons yard at Burnham on Crouch, but the two yards were not connected and the latter which also built Wanderer III (design number 0164) closed in 1975.

Kings at Pin Mill presently continues to build clinker dinghies. It was they who in the same year as Maid Meriel constructed Peter Duck (design number 0054) Giles’ floating bath-chair for children’s author Arthur Ransome.

Maid Meriel has also been named Karesta Ferida, she is of the same hull form as Monie but was the last of the class built entirely to 1937 drawings prior to the introduction of the 1946 ‘revamped’ Vertue design. She currently sails from Lymington.


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Maid Meriel, 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 Maid Meriel can be constructed from the original 1937 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 Maid Meriel