Vertue 174

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Design No. 0713
Built for: Leslie St. John Emmerton
Builder: L. Emmerton, Mission Viejo, California.
Date designed: 1946
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 174
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 masthead sloop

When Cheoy Lee ceased building wooden yachts, the prolific Vertue among them, Leslie Emmerton happened to be on a three month business trip to The Far East and it was from there that he wrote to the Partners.
Initially he was seeking a ’production’ wooden Vertue – he was not interested at all in buying second hand, but hearing that world-wide there were no builders currently producing the yacht he decided to purchase the plans and approaching some yards himself. He requested recommendations for yards who would be capable of ‘doing an excellent job of construction this type of vessel', and commented 'It also occurs to me that your firm may have had similar enquiries previously, and if that is the case it may be worth attempting to get together with two or three of these people and ask a builder to quote on building all three instead of just one, in the interest of a better price'.
But ironically in 1975 the cost of building a standard wooden Vertue in the UK by a reputable builder was in the order of £15,000 – Two years later the first production G.R.P Vertue built to Lloyds 100 A1 had a price tag 20% greater. Perhaps as a direct result of Cheoy Lees cessation of wooden boat production in 1975 alone the Giles office provided ten sets of Vertue plans for clients to build wooden Vertues.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Vertue V174, 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

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 Vertue 174