Vertue XXXV

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Design No. 0124

Built for: Humphrey D. E. Barton
Builder: Elkins Boatyard, Christchurch, England
Date designed: 1950

Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 35

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 Sloop


Humphrey Barton was at the time a partner in the design practice (Jack Giles had been able to design the boats but needed someone to sell them). Hum’, as he was affectionately known caught the public’s imagination when he and Kevin O’Riorden set off on the start of their three thousand mile beat to windward.

Since Andrillot various accommodation changes had been made, fittings and details had been improved and in 1946 the straight through coach roof was introduced with the mast stepped on deck. It is a matter of record that Vertue XXXV encountered six gales during that voyage which took the route to the south. In the last, a hurricane, the deck works suffered damage during a knockdown in a freak sea, lessons were learnt and the design was subsequently modified. Despite that fact this single voyage has probably done more for the reputation of the Vertue Class than any other


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Vertue XXXV, 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

1244 Vertue XXXV low res

A replica of Vertue XXXV can be constructed from the original 1950 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints

1981 Lines Plan low res