Via Maris

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Design No. 0604

Built for:  Dr. & Mrs. Fred E. Ellis
Builder:  Wolter Huisman, Vollenhove, Holland/ and

A.H. Moody & Son, Swanwick, England

Date designed: 1970

Principal Design Data

L.O.A: 50’ 0”  (15.55 m)
Datum: 37’ 1”  (11.31 m)
Beam Max: 12’ 5″ ( 3.82 m)
Draft:  6′ 5”  ( 1.98 m)
Displacement tons: 16.32
T.M.:  25.0 tons
Ballast ratio: 36.8%
Sail Area:  944 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan ketch

The design was prepared for the owners of Mia which was the fourth of the Laurent Giles designed Donella Class (design number 0361) and cruised extensively throughout the world while in their ownership. Via Maris was then sold in 2008, underwent a major refit and was renamed Bucephalus.

Jack Giles created the hull lines with a bold sheer, plenty of forward flare and of course his signature forward knuckle which featured so often on his motor sailers and cruising sailing yacht designs from that era.

Giles again leant towards over specified construction scantlings and this was certainly true of Via Maris’ aluminium hull scantlings which are in excess of Lloyds scantling requirements. Huismans constructed the hull long before they became so well known for Superyacht construction.


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Via Maris. 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

10 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of Via Maris

Model Plans

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Full set of Stock Building Plans

60422 Repro Sail Plan copy

A replica of Via Maris can be constructed in aluminium from the original 1970 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints

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