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John Laurent Giles

John 'Jack' Laurent Giles 1901–1969 was a naval architect who was particularly famous for his sailing yachts He and his company, Laurent Giles & Partners Ltd, designed more than 1000 boats from cruisers and racing yachts to megayachts

Notable examples of Laurent Giles' work include the famous 25-foot 76 m Vertue sail numbers suggest that some 230 of these have been made, Wanderer III, the 30' sloop in which Eric and Susan Hiscock circumnavigated, and the race-winning Gulvain, the first ocean racing yacht to be made from an aluminium alloy

His famous Myth of Malham, a revolutionary small displacement yacht for John Illingworth, was inspired by developments in aeronautics; the novel design helped win the Fastnet race in 1947 and 1949 The updated Miranda IV of 1951 had a rudder mounted separately from the aft of the keel a 'spade rudder' which heralded the arrival of the modern period of yacht design

Laurent Giles described as part of his design philosophy that a yacht should have "the utmost docility and sureness of manoeuvring at sea, in good or bad weather" - his boats were designed to maintain a steady course with minimal action by the helmsman but respond instantly to the helm if the need arose

He was awarded the honour of Royal Designer for Industry in 1951


  • 1 List of Designs by Laurent Giles
  • 2 See also
  • 3 External links
  • 4 References

List of Designs by Laurent Giles

  • First Yacht Lutine C&N 60'
  • Gulvain
  • Jolly Boat Laurent Giles
  • Lymington-L-Class 1933 and the later modified/ revised L-Class design of 1955
  • Maid of Malin
  • Peter Duck yacht
  • Robert C Seamans ship
  • Sails Of Dawn, Mc Gruer 57' 1969 final yacht before death
  • Seamaster Sailer 19
  • Seamaster Sailer 23
  • Vertue yacht
  • Vertue II- a beamier version of the original Vertue design, mostly made in GRP
  • Wanderer Class, 29’9”, 9 tons
  • Westerly Yachts Westerly Marine Construction Ltd - a number of designs, including their Centaur 26, Pageant 24, Chieftain 26, Longbow 31, Westerly 33, Discus 33 and Konsort 29

See also

  • Category:Sailing yachts designed by Laurent Giles
  • Category:Boats designed by Laurent Giles

External links

  • Laurent Giles Naval Architects
  • Sailboat designs of Jack Laurent Giles at Sailboatdatacom
  • The Laurent Giles Archive includes a full register of yachts; original construction and outfit drawings for many of projects produced by Laurent Giles & partners Ltd 1927 - 1979, Laurent Giles Ltd 1979 - 1987and Laurent Giles Naval Architects Ltd 1987 - present are available
  • Brief biography of Laurent Giles in Spanish


  1. ^ Lee, Adrian; Philpott, Ruby 3 Jan 1991 Laurent Giles: Evolution of Yacht Design Adlard Coles Nautical ISBN 0-7136-3322-0 
  2. ^ Lee, Adrian; Philpott, Ruby 1990 Laurent Giles & His Yacht Designs International Marine Publishing ISBN 0-87742-285-0 
  3. ^ "Wanderer III - Details of Laurent Giles Yacht" Laurent Giles Archive Archived from the original on 2015-05-18 
  4. ^ Vigor, John 1994 The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge McGraw-Hill Professional ISBN 0-07-067475-2 
  5. ^ Website for Vertue Yachts VertueYachtscom
  6. ^ "Westerly Centaur archive details" Yachtsnet's archive of boat details and pictures Yachtsnet Ltd Archived from the original on 2014-04-03 Retrieved 2015-10-01 
  7. ^ "Sailboat designs of Jack Laurent Giles by year" sailboatdatacom Archived from the original on 2015-09-28 Retrieved 2015-10-01 

  1. ^ Laurent Giles Archive

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