Wooden ships comments on this Laurent Giles Dorus Mohr
The Laurent Giles Dorus Mohr is a classic Jack Laurent Giles design, one of 4 built to this design. The first two were built together and launched together.
Built by Port Hamble Ltd, in 1961.
The yacht has been in present ownership for 30 years. In present ownership she has been a family yacht cruising extensively from Devon to Scotland, Ireland and France.
The hull is planked in pitch-pine, all copper and bronze fastened to heavy oak frames with twin steamed intermediates, 2.25” x 1.125” @ 8” centres.
Oak floors on the heavy frames, galvanised straps on the steamed timbers.
Lead keel, bronze keel bolts.
Extra thick sheer strake in classic Laurent Giles style with gold cove line.
The underwater surface was sheathed with Cascover sheathing many years ago. Cascover sheathing is a modern form of copper sheathing. A very strong nylon cloth is glued to the prepared bare wood surface with Cascophene resorcinol glue to totally protect the wood from marine borers. And additional advantage is the enormous strength added to the hull, especially resistant to debris collision.
Solid yacht-laid teak deck, caulked and payed with varnished king plank and cover-boards and deep varnished teak toe rail.
Stainless steel stanchions, pulpit and push-pit.
Massive RNLI type bronze fairleads.
Superstructure in 4 parts:
a shallow coach-roof over the fore cabin, galley and fwd heads:
the next step up over the sunken deck saloon
step up to the wheel shelter over the midships cock-pit
after coach-roof over the aft cabin.
The coamings are in varnished mahogany with chromed port holes and window frames.
The coach-roof decks are sheathed in Trackmark with varnished roll-round edges.
Varnished grab rails on the coach-roof decks
2 pairs of vents on Dorade boxes.
Glazed low-level hatch on the fore deck. Hatch on both upper and lower levels of the
coach-roof and on the after coach-roof.
Perspex roof in the wheel shelter allows the helmsman to see the sails above.
The most distinctive feature of the Dorus Mhor design is the sheltered, deck level cock-
This feature was continued in the later and slightly smaller Laurent Giles Salar
design and gives a unique inside/outside feel of contact with your surroundings
while still being totally sheltered from the weather.
The cock-pit sole is at main deck level. Walk-in each side past the after coach-roof.
6’6” head-room under the sweetly cambered roof.
Windows all round.
Open backed but fitted with a canvas tilt to keep the weather out if necessary.
Port side helm with helmsman’s seat. Excellent all round visibility
Sear lockers each side.
Port side locker provides quick access from main deck down to the engine room.
Stbd doorway in to the accommodation.
Bermudian ketch rig on varnished spruce masts and spars.
The main mast is stepped on the forward coach-roof with a steel tube compression post
below. Single spreaders with jumper struts above.
Stainless steel rigging with swaged terminals and stainless steel rigging screws to internal
galvanised steel chain plates.
Twin lowers and cap shrouds, single fore stay from stemhead to jumper struts, split
Twin topping lifts to the main boom which stows in a collpasible boom crutch on the
Main boom sheet with 3-point attachment on the after coach-roof, double-tailed, the tails
led to a pair of winches on the coach-roof, accessible from the cock-pit.
The mizzen mast is stepped through the aft deck.
Cap shrouds round twin forward swept spreaders, twin well-spaced lowers.
Mizzen back-stays on bronze Highfield levers.
Mizzen boom sheets to the push-pit, the tails led in to the mast along the boom.
Kicker on tackle.
Captive wire and brake halyard winch on the main mast takes the mainsail halyard.
2 x Lewmar 40 2-speed top action chromed winches on the main mast take the headsail
Captive wire and brake halyard winch on the mizzen mast.
Pair of Lewmar 40 2-speed chromed winches on the after coach-roof take the mainsail
Pair of Lewmar 40ST self tailing winches on the coach-roof take the genoa sheets
Single Lewmar 40 2-speed chromed winch on the centre-line of the after coach-roof.
Mainsail. Twin topping lifts on the boom and lazy jacks. Sail cover
Mizzen with sail cover
Self-tacking genoa on a varnished boom pivoted on the top of the windlass, sheeted to a
track, tail led aft to a self-tailing winch at the cock-pit.
2 additional headsail halyards rigged.
Cummins 4BT 100hp turbo diesel
Fisher Panda Duomaster 25 240v 2.5kw generator in a sound-proof box.
Combi inverter/charger with 130 amp battery charger.
Racor fuel filters
90 amp 24 volt alternator.
Hydraulic pump belt driven off the lay-shaft on the front end of the main engine.
24v alternator belt driven off the lay-shaft on the front end of the main engine.
Clutched Jabsco pump driven off the lay-shaft on the front end of the engine and
plumbed to allow pumping of 3 separate bilges, forward aft and engine room.
Engine sea water intake bronze valve with filter.
Tanks: Fuel 603 litres
Water 1278 litres.
Batteries Engine start 2 x 12v 105ah, new.
Service 4 x 12v
4 berths in 2 cabins + saloon settee + passage berth
V-berths in fore cabin with 6’3” headroom
Fwd bulkhead to chain locker in the bow.
Lined hull sides.
Varnished mahogany joinery, drawers below the berth, cabinet forward between the
berths. Top edges of the berths trimmed with an aluminium capping, a feature typical of
the period. Hanging locker and drawer stack in the after port corner.
Hanging locker in the after stbd corner
Stbd off-set bulkhead door to passageway aft with stbd heads and port galley.
The doorway is oval top and bottom and trimmed in the same aluminium capping.
The stbd heads compartment has a Blake sea toilet, porcelain hand basin and shower.
Teak grating to the shower tray. 12v pump out on the shower tray.
Galley with smart Plastimo Neptune 2500 2 burner grill and oven gas cooker.
Stainless steel sink gravity drained with pressurised H&C and manual salt water faucet.
Useful work surface inside a deep fiddle rail allows galley work at sea.
Varnished mahogany joinery with good locker space below and cupboards above.
Twin portholes over the cooker and sink provide welcome ventilation.
12v/gas stock fridge set in vacant recess below. 6’4” headroom.
Stbd off-set steps up to the saloon. 6’1” headroom
U-shaped dinette to port upholstered in fabric around a fine mahogany double drop leaf
table fitted with fiddle rails.
Seating along the stbd side in matching fabric upholstery.
Chart desk at the forward end with drop-down flap surface, used with flap up and seated
on the end of the settee.
Ample locker space under the settees and behind the settee backs.
Book shelves on the bulkhead, brass clock and barometer, all fine varnished mahogany
Joinery, carpeted cabin sole all give this saloon a very comfortable atmosphere.
Grab handles by the doorways, overhand grab rail.
Stbd off-set 2 step up to the cock-pit.
After stbd corner steps down to a passageway through to the aft cabin.
Passageway berth along the stbd side with stowage under. 6’2” x 2’ plus.
Panel opposite removes to access the engine room from stbd side.
Aft cabin oval doorway like the other trimmed with aluminium capping. 5’11” headroom
Gernerous port and stbd berths, 6’6” x 2’ plus, drawers under. Dressing table between with 6 drawers against the after bulkhead.
Hanging locker in the fwd stbd corner by the door.
Heads compartment in the forward port side corner closed off with a curtain.
Blake sea toilet.
Porcelain hand basin on the fwd bulkhead with pressurised H&C and manual cold water
pump. Mirror above.
Furuno stand alone GPS
Autohelm 7000 auto-pilot
B&G speed indicator
B&G wind indicator
B&G electronic compass
Sestral clock and barometer
Hand bearing compass
Kent Clearview screen
Original hydraulic Torkmaster windlass
2 x 75lb CQR bower anchors
RIB with 15 hp outboard engine on s/s davits over the stern
2 x life buoys with lights
Emergency VHF aerial
Manual and 12v bilge pumps
Warps and fenders
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