Vertue II (Mk II)

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Design No. 0953

Built for: Various owners
Builder: Bossoms Boatyard, Oxford, England
Date designed: 1984

Class – Hull Number Vertue II  Mk 2 Class No. 1

Principal Design Data

L.O.A: 25’ 8” ( 7,81 m)
Datum: 21’ 6” ( 6.53 m)
Beam Max: 7’ 10″ ( 2.38 m)
Draft: 4′  5” ( 1.37 m)
Displacement tons:  4.16
T.M.: 5.77 tons
Ballast ratio: 48.2%
Sail Area: 357 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan Sloop

The early history of Vertue II was chequered; in 1977 Rossiter Yachts of Christchurch England had masterfully outfitted the second hull. She was named Sallie after her owner’s wife. The mould tools remained at Seaglass Ltd, by then a subsidiary of Westerly Marine Construction who was, at the time one of the most prolific European production yacht builders.

The next three boats were built entirely by Westerly Marine Construction. It was perhaps a peculiar change in style for them as up till then, they had specialised in lighter fin keel and twin keel yachts, many of which were conceived in the Giles’ drawing office. Sparrow, hull VII no 3 was Westerly built and engineless, owned by David Hayes, an American, she was the first Vertue II to round Cape Horn.

The hull tools, owned by Mike Else who had financed the original project, remained at Rossiters Christchurch yard until in 1984 after some deliberation the contract to build new Vertue (Mk II’s) was given to Bossoms Boatyard in Oxford – better known for their exquisite river launches and electric boats.

Thirty five Vertue II Mk II’s were constructed after 1984, mostly finished by Bossoms and marketed by the Laurent Giles brokerage, but a small number were sold directly by the moulders and finished by their owners. Unfortunately as far as we are aware Bossoms ceased building the yachts in the late 1990’s and the hull and deck tools are no longer in existence.

See also the Lymington Seaboat built Vertue II Mk I (design number 0718)


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for the Vertue II Mk II, 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 Andrillot and the various Vertue types. Construction scantlings of the carvel, strip plank & steel versions are outlined as are the variant deck arrangements, accommodation layouts and rigs.
Included are generic drawing lists for each of the alternative designs and information for clients considering building a new Vertue.

Model Plans

Full set of Stock Building Plans


A Vertue II Mk II can be constructed in G.R.P from the original 1984 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction (design number1198) for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

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