Wooden ships comments on this Laurent Giles Bermudan Yawl
Lutine is one of the most famous of English yachts, now offered for sale after a total rebuild followed by several seasons extensive cruising and racing. Recent complete professional cosmetic refit, she is now looking absolutely stunning.
Designed by J Laurent Giles for Lloyds Yacht Club and built by Camper and Nicholson in 1952.
At a time when racing in America was very competitive, Lloyds Yacht Club wanted a yacht to compete with the Americans on their terms so she was designed to the Cruising Club of America rules rather than the Royal Ocean Racing Club rules.
She was rebuilt for the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta and came 3rd in Class One
Lutine has exceptionally sweet, very traditional lines with a relatively short bow over-hang and a well-balanced counter stern.
She has ample freeboard and a typical Giles sheer to make her a dry boat capable of putting in fast times even in a sea.
She has also proved to be very easily handled after the refit and the owner regularly sailed the yacht with himself and his wife though he raced with a full crew.
Teak planking fastened with galvanised bolts through the steel frames, copper rivets through the steam bent timbers.
All new steel angle frames at approx 3’ centres with new 2 steamed oak timbers between.
Lead ballast keel.
All new silicon bronze keel bolts.
Regalvanised strap floors on each of the steam bent timbers with new galvanised bolts.
Steel plate gusset floors bolted to the steel angle frames.
In a recent improvement, an original constructional fault which has been made good by adding steel brackets to the steel plate floors to pick up the keel bolts thus now effectively tying the hull structure to the back-bone and the ballast keel and removing the leak which the yacht has had since new when pressed hard.
Teak deck and deck structures, all replaced new in the 2008 refit.
The yacht was found by the present owner in a derelict condition in 1999 and underwent a major rebuild before being relaunched again in 2001.
In the rebuild, the hull was stripped completely and the deck removed. Only the planking and the back-bone were left of the original structure.
All the steel frames were replaced.
New galvanised bolts in the steel frames.
All steamed timbers replaced, copper and bronze fastened.
The beam shelf was doubled up from the mast forward.
All new silicon bronze keel bolts.
The deck was rebuilt to the original plan with all new deck beams and a new teak deck laid on a marine ply sub-deck.
The teak is yacht laid and joggled to a centre king plank and bonded to the ply sub-deck with no visible fastenings.
Seams payed in butyl rubber compound.
The side decks and fore deck are totally clear and uncluttered with nothing to trip over.
Bulwark all round with capping in varnished teak, very nicely shaped round the fine counter stern and incorporating bronze panamas forward and aft to take mooring lines through the rail rather than over the top where they will damage the varnish.
Large chrome and teak cleat on the aft deck to take stern mooring lines.
Massive oak Sampson post just aft of the stem with cast bronze capping takes the forward mooring lines.
The deck structures comprising a dog-house and coach-roof, a small sky-light either side of the mast, a large sky-light forward of the mast over the owner’s cabin with chromed vents on Dorade boxes each side and a fore hatch were all rebuilt to precisely the original designs working from the original plans, all in varnished teak with lights in chromed bezels. Lazarette hatch.
The dog-house and coach-roof are decked in scrubbed teak with varnished teak margin boards.
A minor change was made to the dog-house where the original 2 large windows were changed to 3 smaller windows for greater security. Safety glass used throughout.
The cock-pit was rebuilt to the original plans with a forward well for the crew and a deep helmsman’s well aft.
The forward well is self draining with a bridge deck to the cabin entrance and scrubbed teak seats each side.
The coach-roof and dog-house coamings are extended aft with 10” deep coamings round the cock-pit with nicely radiussed after corners.
The forward well is divided from the helm well by a seat level beam which carries the main sheet block on a centre eye bolt.
An enclosed box either side of the wheel contains engine controls, VHF and sounder to stbd and a chart plotter screen to port.
Wheel steering with the original bronze wheel driving sprocket and chain to stainless steel cables to a stainless steel quadrant on the bronze rudder stock.
All pulleys, turning blocks and cables have been replaced.
Arm on the rudder stock takes the con rods for the Simrad twin hydraulic ram auto-pilot.
The top of the stock is squared to take an emergency tiller.
Twin chain roller stainless steel stemhead fitting takes the outer forestay.
Stainless steel push-pit at the stem, stainless steel stanchions with twin guard wires, gates each side.
Bermudian yawl rig on varnished masts.
The main mast, mizzen mast and both booms were built by Collars in 2008 with all new stainless steel mast fittings.
Both masts are stepped through the deck onto the back-bone.
Twin spreaders to the main mast, single spreaders to the mizzen mast.
All new stainless steel rigging in 2008 with Stalock terminals and rigging screws to internal stainless steel chain plates.
Twin lowers, single intermediates and cap shrouds to the main.
Single standing back-stay passing to stbd of the mizzen mast to a deck fitting on the aft deck, braced through to the counter below..
Outer masthead fore stay to the stemhead fitting. Inner fore stay from upper spreaders to a substantial stainless steel fitting on the fore deck, tied through with rod and rigging-screw below the deck to the stem.
Fredrickson roller cars on the main and mizzen mast sail tracks
New polished stainless steel mast fittings all designed for the yacht by Ed Burnett.
Rectangular section, slab reefing main boom with stainless steel end fittings.
X-section aluminium sail track.
Mainsail SKB Sails 2003
Mizzen SKB Sails 2003
Mizzen staysail SKB Sails 2009
Staysail SKB Sails 2003
Yankee on roller, SKB Sails 2003
Big Assymetric spinnaker Doyle Sails 2006
Storm jib Doyle Sails 2009 (unused)
New headsail sheets 2010
Bamar MEJ Italian 12v roller furling gear on the outer stay for regular use, new 2006.
Harken roller ball blocks and fair leads
Harken main sheet blocks
Inner and outer sheet tracks on the side decks. Twin cars on the outer tracks.
2 x Lewmar 68ST bronze self-tailing sheet winches, new 2008
2 x Lewmar 40ST bronze self tailing sheet winches, new 2008
2 x Meissner 32ST bronze self tailing sheet winches
Pair of 12v warping winches on the aft deck.
Masts. All mast winches new in 2008
4 x Autal 2-speed top-action bronze winches on the mizzen mast.
2 x Lewmar 40ST bronze, self-tail halyard winches on the main mast.
1 x Lewmar 40ST bronze self tailing winch on the deck by the main mast.
1 x Autal W8 boom-mounted reefing winch.
Yanmar 6-cylinder 100hp naturally aspirated diesel engine, flexibly mounted on the centre-line to conventional centre-line shaft with deep sea seal and 3-blade bronze prop.
Single lever controls.
Electrics 12v circuits.
1 x 12v battery on engine start
2 x 12v batteries on domestic supply.
12v- 85amp belt driven engine alternator.
Steca PR1010 solar panel with control unit at the chart desk.
Main on/off switch under the chart desk.
Battery state indicator
Electrical distribution board at the chart desk.
Victron battery charger and shore power connection
3 x stainless steel fuel tanks. 1 x 45 gall + 1 x 15 gall reserve tanks aft of the engine, gravity drain to a 45gall feed tank under the midships cabin sole.
Twin SU 12v pumps feed fuel up to the engine
US Versitronics fuel guage.
120 gallons fresh water in 2 x stainless steel sinks under the saloon cabin seats.
Pressurised water supply. With FW pump under the galley sinks
Hot water frm large volume calorifier tank behind the galley, heated by the engine cooling water.
Accommodation 8 berths + 2 saloon settee berths.
The interior has been redesigned and rebuilt for modern cruiser/racer requirements while maintaining the atmosphere and character of the times.
Fore peak stowage, fore hatch over. Sea toilet in the after port corner of the fore peak.
Centre bulkhead door to owner’s cabin. Double berth to port, single berth to stbd.
Stowage under the berths
Varnished mahogany bulkheads.
Large sky-light above, 6’6” head-room
Stbd off-set bulkhead door to passage. Twin hanging lockers to stbd with the saloon pilot berth behind.
Heads compartment to port with sea toilet, porcelain hand-basin and shower.
Shower and hand basin drain to a collecting tank with 12v auto pump-out.
Sea toilet pumps over-board. New black water tank in the midshipos bilge, not yet connected.
Stbd off-set bulkhead door to the saloon cabin. Port and stbd seating.
Shelf and lockers up behind the port seating.
2 pilot berths up behind the stbd seating, one running forward behind the hanging lockers, one running aft behind the galley lockers.
Varnished mahogany bulkheads and joinery with raised and fielded panels, varnished deck beams against a white deckhead, inlaid teak cabin sole with centre-line lifting panels
6’9” head-room under the coach-roof + sky-light.
Dickinson diesel cabin heater against the bulkhead with flue to deck, new 2010. Dedicated stainless steel fuel tank on the bulkhead by the mast.
New double drop-leaf saloon table.
Step up aft end of the saloon cabin, engine under with lifting panel for good access.
Port chart desk against the half bulkhead with forward facing seat.
Chart stowage in the deck.
Electrical distribution board above.
Stowage under the seat.
Galley to stbd with new 2009 Wallas diesel cooker, glass surface hob, new 2008.
Separate, gimballed diesel-fired oven below.
Ample drawers and cupboards below the work surface and above under the side deck.
Twin stainless steel sinks drain over-board.
12v fridge under the sinks.
6’8” (203mm) head-room under the dog-house.
6’10” (208mm) in the saloon
6’2” (187mm) in the heads passage
6’6” (198mm) in owner’s cabin
Stbd quarter berth 7’6”. Ahead of the quarter berth and outboard of the galley is a very large, deep locker access by a cupbpoard door at the head of the berth.
Port side access to a large double berth in an L-shape running aft as a quarter berth and then athwartships under the cock-pit well to give an almost private cabin. 7’6” x 4’ berth
Centre-line steps up to the cock-pit with sliding hatch and twin washboards.
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