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25′ Laurent Giles Vertue 48

This Vertue 48, “Stronghold” (ex. “Davalon”) was built by Elkins in Christchurch U.K. and launched in 1954. The previous owner commissioned the boat for two summers in the 1990s. Between 2000 and 2012 the boat was not commissioned and kept in a purpose built barn with an earth floor. Between 2012 and 2016 the boat was stored under a shed roof while comprehensive repairs were made by the current owner. This boat is in excellent condition and a true testament to the design.

A 2017 survey is available upon request. 


MAIN  very good, “Manchester” stitching good, 2 reefs,

GENOA very good, corner rings corroded

#1 JIBvery good, bent on hanks

#2 JIBolder, very little used, miter cut


Ground Tackle

13 LB. Danforth, 150’ rode and 15’ chain stowed on deck in chocks

22 LB Lewmar Delta, 150’ rode and 15’ chain



Garmin GPSMap 441S chartploter  with depth transducer

Ritche BN-202 bulkhead mounted compass

Marinebeam LED side lights and stern light

Marinebeam LED reading lights and Dome lights



Rule 2000 automatic bilge pump

Whale Mk5 manual pump in cockpit


Cook Stove

Optimus model 535 gimbled pressurized kerosene 2 burner stove



Yanmar 2GM20F



2 Group 27 batteries



13 gal. fuel tank


Standing rigging new 2016

4 year structural rebuild completed 2016


Oak backbone

Oak sawn and steam bent frames

Iroko planking

Copper rivet and bronze screw fastened

Lead ballast

Bronze floors

Bronze keel bolts


Restoration Summary and Notes:

Two new stern timbers in the backbone

Galvanized floors replaced with cast bronze floors

5 pairs of steam bent frames replaced

New garboard planks of WANA

1st and 2nd broad strakes repaired and rehung

Lower half of transom frame, port and starboard replaced in OAK

Deadwood below keel aft of ballast removed, repaired with new oak shoe and replaced

Graving piece was fitted to forefoot

Butt blocks and thru hull backing blocks replaced

Iron bolts fastening wood floors to sawn frames replaced with stainless carriage bolts.

All bolts fastening dead woods and backbone structure replaced

Original bronze keel bolts replaced with new bronze

Hood ends of planking refastened with bronze screws

All old caulking was reefed out, seams were faired and recaulked


Deck and spar hardware, stem head fitting, pulpit, the stanchions, bases

The mast bands and mast head fitting were regalvanized.

A new mast step was cast in bronze.  New backstay blocks were fabricated in stainless.


Canvas on main deck was removed and replaced with a dynel/epoxy covering

Hard pine deck was sister fastened with ring shank bronze nails

Toe rails were removed, the covering boards repaired, and original toe rails replaced

New cap rails


The engine is a Yanmar 2GM20F, serial #04665

The serial # indicates the the engine was manufactured after 1983

Engine was removed, new shaft log was drilled, and engine was reinstalled

New electrical wiring, new batteries, new exhaust plumbing


Interior of the hull was scraped, sanded, and refinished

Cockpit sole and sides were rebuilt

Foc’sle was rearranged slightly to make it closer to original


Painted  spars were wooded and varnished

Old roller reefing gear was replaced with cast bronze slab reefing tack and clew

Aluminum sail track was replaced with bronze sail track

New standing rigging

New running rigging



Price $29,000
Name Stronghold
Type Sail
Length 25 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer Laurent Giles
Classification Sloop

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