Vertue 159

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Design No. 0643
Built for: Senor Iker de Leizaola
Builder: San Sebastian, Spain.
Date designed: 1946/73
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 159
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

This is the first Vertue rigged as a bermudan cutter and with aluminium spars ~ the sail plan and deck layout being prepared for the client who had become interested in the Vertue after visiting the office on Quay Hill in February 1973. Unlike the earlier gaff cutters she had her masthead stay set back at the stem head and fore stay at the coach roof, her coach roof arrangement being the extended ocean cruising version.
Having received the package of drawings this client had asked if the beam could be increased, but the Partners successfully dissuaded him on the grounds that they have a fairly high ballast ratio and were already a well proven design which had built up a considerable reputation, but to increase beam would also increase weather helm. There ensued some discussion as to how they might change the design if they were to undertake a total redesign.
During construction her sheer line was raised by one inch and the Coach roof was raised by an equal amount to bring standing headroom to 5’ 11”, this was thought not to have any detrimental effect on appearance.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Vertue Vertue 159 (the bermudan cutter), Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

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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.
Just email us (using contact us on our home page) with the title ‘Vertue new construction’ and we will reply to discus which options are required for each version of the famous and extremely highly regarded ocean cruising yacht.

Poster & Art Prints

1981 Lines Plan low res Vertue 159