25′ 1954 Laurent Giles Vertue Sloop - ID: 45422

25′ 1954 Laurent Giles Vertue Sloop


Stronghold (ex. Davalon) is a Laurent Giles designed Vertue 48 built by Elkins in Christchurch U.K. in 1954. The Vertue’s are handsome and exceptionally capable compact blue-water cruising boats.  Stronghold is a fine example, in exceptional condition following her 2012-2016 refit.

In 2012 her current owner dropped the ballast keel, replaced the sternpost and sternpost knee, the garboards and the keel bolts. Additionally he added bronze floors throughout, refastened along the keel, stem and sternpost (she’s otherwise copper riveted), replaced the dynell deck covering, and stripped the hull to bare wood and refinished.

Stronghold is currently moored in Woods Hole, MA ready for showings.  2017 survey is available upon request.



MAIN excellent condition (new in 2021)

GENOA very good, corner rings corroded

#1 JIB very good, bent on hanks

#2 JIB older, 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



Cape Horn Self-steering Gear


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

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