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Design No. 0729
Built for: Clane Cranfield
Builder: C Cranfield, Vancouver, Canada.
Date designed: 1946
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 178
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 cutter

When Clane Cranfield contacted the Partners in December 1975, his request was not specifically for the designs of Vertue. He wrote “I am interested in building a small (22’ – 26’) gaff or Marconi rigged cutter of traditional character. The prime requisite is that she be beautiful. She will primarily be used for cruising deep-sea”. He received by return mail a selection of eight design information sheets (These days we provide Study Notes) which included: Normandy and Lymington classes, Wanderer II and of course the Vertue. Thereafter detailed correspondence discussed the alternative construction method, rigs and layout that could be offered. Clane describe himself as being an amateur builder” and requested as much detailed information as possible from the plans”.
A list of the ‘standard’ detailed plans was provided and it was easy for Clane to decide; within three weeks he placed his order for the Vertue. His yacht would be called Rambler and Clane would sail her predominantly in sheltered waters. The principal design features that he selected were: extended ocean cruising version, short cockpit, two berth layout and the masthead cutter rig with wooden spars.
Clane wrote: “Building my own vessel capable of cruising offshore has long been a dream, this order forms the first step towards making those dream a practical reality”


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Rambler (V 178), 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 Rambler