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Design No. 0585
Built for: B. Spruce
Builder: B. Spruce, Bunbury, Western Australia,
Date designed: 1946
Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 149
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 slutter

The plans for this ‘standard’ Vertue were ordered in August 1968 by hand written airmail letter and when the cost was GB £102 plus a few shillings. Named Yacabba she was built by the owner between 1970/71, painted white the only external aesthetic change being a pair of round scuttles each side of the doghouse in place of the raked Vertue style windows.
It was not until four years later that Yacabba was fitted with a working engine because when Bob Chambers bought her in December 1974.
Carvel hull planked with Jarrah planking below the waterline and Oregon pine above the original Vries 6hp had proven unreliable and gave at best 3½ knots.
The designers had received no communication throughout the construction period and early sailing years and were therefore delighted to hear from Bob and it was thought for a time that she had been constructed with an overall length some 12 inches longer than specified on the plans.


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Yacabbe, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

Download Drawing List

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


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 buy 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 Yacabbe