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Design No. 0658
Built for: Ronald Mitchell Jnr.
Builder: R. Mitchell, Woombye, Australia.
Date designed: 1946
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 160
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: Masthead sloop

Ron Mitchell made contact with Bill Matthew, the managing Partner when he was visiting Falmouth aboard the Australian yacht Calypso in August 1971. He wrote “I intend to do a lot of deep water cruising in all parts of the world” and “I have heard nothing but good reports about the Vertue’s seagoing capability”.
Having selected the design Ron was specific about the general arrangement that he desired – that of Stelda V 120 (design number 0465), and his preference was for the short boom slutter rig. But it was not until Ron had completed the cruise aboard Calypso in June 1973 that the plans were ordered and construction began.
Originally Ron asked for strip plank construction but at the time this was not available, however with the approval of the Partners Ron used 7/8” x 1 1/8” cedar planking with reduced timber (Queensland Maple) spacing. It was not until 1984 when Barry van Geffen drew the revisions for the first wooden Vertue Mk II (V 205 – design number 1106) that drawings for strip plank construction were offered as standard.
Building in his spare time it took Ron five years to complete V 160, she was launched in 1978 and in the following year Ron and his wife cruised many thousands of miles up and down the Australian east coast.
Having met Hum’ and Mary Barton aboard Rose Rambler Ron ‘took to liking’ their yacht. Indeed he liked it so much that he bought plans for a Rose Rambler (design number 0452) which had been designed for the Bartons sixteen years earlier.


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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 the Vertue class.

Model Plans

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

Full set of Stock Building Plans

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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.
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