Vertue V 185

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Built for: N. J. Petterson
Builder: N. J. Petterson, Cleveland, United States of America
Date designed: 1946
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 185
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

Mr Petterson planned to undertake extensive ocean cruising and his wife and was particular that his requirement was for a two berth layout. He favoured G.R.P construction and at this time in September 1977 Laurent Giles were in the closing stages of negotiation with the Lymington Seaboat Company to grant a single world-wide licence for the production of a fiberglass Vertue.
Mr Petterson had anticipated a complete redesign to incorporate all of his requirements but the Partners were unwilling to do this given the £135.00 fee. Instead they offered the standard plan set with additional drawings of those specific areas which differed from the standard boat. Altogether a total of thirty-eight plans were provided, the most for any of the Vertues constructed before or since.
It would appear from the correspondence that the finished yacht stepped the bermudan cutter rig stepped on the extended ocean cruising deck works. The hull type being of raised topside and of carvel planking and steamed timbers construction with a lead keel. The interior layout was as Simo (V113) built by Percy See in 1961


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for V 185, 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 V 185