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Laurent Giles 47 ft Yawl 1951



Laurent Giles 47 ft Yawl 1951

Designer Jack Laurent Giles
Builder Sabberton Bros Norfolk
Date 1951
Length overall 46 ft 11 in / 14.3 m
Length deck 46 ft 11 in / 14.3 m
Length waterline 33 ft 10 in / 10.3 m
Beam 10 ft 8 in / 3.25 m
Draft 6 ft 5 in / 1.95 m
Displacement 16.5 Tonnes
Construction Carvel larch on oak frames
Engine Lombardini LDW 2204 M 60 HP Diesel 2014
Location France
Price POA

These details are provisional and may be amended



As with Jack Laurent Giles’s Vertue design, ISMANA displays that purposeful charm blending style with function as only he knew how – a style that has the onlooker captivated; more subtle than the very long overhangs that seduce so easily and far more seaworthy as a result. He was a clever man was Laurent Giles.

ISMANA’s current owner has fully restored her with the help of Hubert Stagnol and he seems to have known exactly what he wanted to achieve. Her structure is impressive enough but it’s in the simple detailing and original fittings on deck and below that make this boat very special.

ISMANA has spent the past three seasons ashore and is now in need of a refit. Bring sensible offers - you might be surprised.



Originally designed in 1948 as a sloop and intended to be built in India, the design was then changed and she was built as a yawl by Sabberton Brothers in Wroxham (Norfolk) for the Sabbertons themselves and launched in 1951 under the name “MONOLEEN”. Bought 2 years later by J R Bryans; he increased the draft by 8 inches and raced her successfully in RORC events during the 50s and 60s as “CHEEMAUN”. In the70s she sailed a lot in both British and French waters - in the hands of David Morrell for 4 years as “SOGNANTE” and finally as “ISMANA” with John Blair – writer of “Yachtmaster Offshore”.

In 1989, the boat was bought by Dr Brocard a Frenchman, who refitted and sailed her to Greek waters where she stayed until 2003 before making her way back to Brittany, then to be bought by her present owner who undertook a major refit at the Hubert Stagnol boatyard in Bénodet.

Back in the water from 2009, she has since taken part in classic events such as “La Belle Plaisance” 2010 and 2011, the “Brest Classic Week” and “La semaine du Golfe”. Twice, she has won the “Prix de la Restauration” at the Benodet and Brest events. ISMANA has been classified as a “Bateau d’Intérêt Patrimonial”.



- Carvel built of larch planking over sawn and steam bent oak frames
- Steel and oak floors
- All bronze fastenings or copper rivets through frames, knees, timbers and other framework
- Original bronze structural fittings
- Lead ballast (12,100 lbs) in a long classic keel
- All but one structural bulk heads in marine plywood are new
- Cabin soles are marine ply, iroko and teak


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Every part of the interior has been meticulously restored and replaced as appropriate with great attention to the detail of the construction and the spirit of the Laurent Giles design. Overall accommodation for 7 is arranged as 1 single and 1 double berth in the saloon, 2 berths in the owners cabin forward and 2 pilot berths, one each side of the pilot cabin. Bridge deck access is by doorway, hatch and companionway steps down into the doghouse.
- Chart table and seating to port
- Electrical and navigation instruments forward
- Quarter berths under side decks each side
- 2 x 3 deep chests of drawers each side facing aft
- Large lifting cabin sole access to the engine
- Steps down to the saloon cabin
- Port side L shaped galley
- Gimballed Calor gas cooker and oven
- Stowage below and outboard above work surface
- To starboard, another large work surface
- Cupboards below and outboard above

Forward to saloon
- Original iroko varnished joinery with lockers, stowages, at each corner
- Cupboards and drawers
- Single settee berth to port,
- Shelf and cupboards along the port settee
- Double settee berth to starboard
- Large shelf against the forward bulkhead
- Mahogany double drop leaf saloon table under skylight

Iroko sliding door to head compartment
- Original porcelain hand basin to port
- Baby Blake manual WC to starboard
- Easy twin cupboards on each side
- 2 x Opening ports and 2 dorade vents for good ventilation

Forward through double mahogany door,
- Owners cabin with two single berths with drawers beneath
- Deckhead hatch and 2 bronze opening ports
- Varnished mahogany joinery with drawers and cupboard forward
- Large fore peak under hatch for chain, fenders, warps etc


Rig, spars and sails

- Bermudan yawl rig on varnished masts
- Spruce main mast
- Oregon pine mizzen mast
- Spruce spinnaker pole
- Twin spreaders to main, single spreaders to mizzen mast jointed by original L Giles fittings
- Bronze sail tracks, slides and goosenecks on both masts and booms
- New internal stainless steel chain plates
- Stainless steel standing rigging

Main mast
- Masthead furling forestay to stem head fitting
- Harken furler
- Inner forestay
- Twin lowers, single intermediates and cap shrouds to the main
- Main backstay with tensioning handle on screw
- Running backstays
- 2 speed classic bronze roller winch for metal halyard
- Lewmar ST 40 bronze winch for genoa / spinnaker halyards

Mizzen mast
- Lewmar ST 16 bronze winch

Sails and canvas
3 x Hood sails, hand finished, “Champagne” coloured, excellent condition
- Medium genoa for furler
- Mainsail with 2 reefs
- Mizzen

- Mizzen staysail East Coast Sails as new
- Spinnaker light in chute, Crusader Sails in excellent condition
- Spinnaker medium in chute by Crusader Sails in excellent condition
- Storm jib, old
- Staysail, old
- Covers for mainsail and mizzen


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

- New teak deck over marine ply; wide and clear to the sides
- High varnished mahogany bulwarks
- Coach and dog house with varnished mahogany and teak coamings
- 10 x bronze rectangular opening ports
- Large skylight over main cabin
- 3 x hatches on decks and coach
- 4 x Bronze and stainless steel dorade vents on boxes
- Well protected cockpit with teak seats and deep lockers beneath on both sides
- Bridge deck to cabin entrance
- Independent large forepeak for chain, fenders, warps
- Original wooden wheel
- Hydraulic system to a stainless steel quadrant and rudder stock inside lazarette
-Top of rudder stock squared to take emergency tiller
- Simpson Lawrence V2000 bronze 12V windlass
- 45 Lbs CQR anchor + 80 metres 12 mm chain
- Fortress FX 22 light anchor + chain and long warp
- 1 Fore and 1 aft cross bollard
- 2 x Large bronze cleats on aft deck
- Port and starboard mooring pipes through bulwark
- Bronze sheet tracks on bulwarks
- Bronze staysail track forward of main mast
- 2 x ST bronze Wilmex genoa winches
- 2 x original bronze spinnaker winches
- Lewmar Emsworth mainsail sheet winch
- Bronze handles
- Wooden boarding ladder
- Boat hook
- Fenders


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Lombardini LDW 2204M 60 HP Diesel with TMC 260 gearbox in service 22 / 08 / 14
- Flexible mounting with Aquadrive anti-vibration system on conventional centre line shaft
- Bronze 3 bladed propeller
- Engine control port side cockpit
- Cisco engine control board by companionway steps and chart table
- New electric circuits
- 2 x 110 Ah 12 V domestic / engine batteries
- 1 x 90 Ah windlass battery
- 220 V shore power connection with sockets in cabins
- Newmar battery charger 40 A 3 banks
- Distribution board at chart table with AC / DC breakers, switches, volt and ammeters
- Vetus hydraulic steering system
- 120 litre Vetus fuel tank under cockpit with electric gauge
- 2 x Galvanized steel water tanks (200 L+ 250 L) under saloon settees
- New plumbing
- PAR pump for pressurised water supply


Navigation communications and electronics

- Autohelm 7000 autopilot acting on the hydraulic system
- Sestrel bronze steering compass
- Furuno GP 32 GPS
- Ocean radio receiver
- Navicom RT-550 VHF



- 1 x 6 man liferaft 1994
- 2 x fire extinguishers
- Life jackets
- Horseshoe life buoy
- Classic round life buoy
- Offshore flare pack
- Fire blanket
- Safety lines each side of deck
- Rule 3000 automatic bilge pump
- Whale 25 manual diaphragm pump under cockpit seat



A restoration at the Stagnol Boatyard was undertaken between 2005 and 2009 with the main works comprising:
- Deck, bulkwarks and cockpit were removed and rebuilt
- The new deck is ½ inch teak planking bonded to ½ inch marine ply; no visible fastenings
- Some frames and planks were replaced
- All bulkheads new but one original
- All joinery carefully removed, restored and put back in place
- Outside and inside paints and varnishes completely stripped off
- Keel bolts surveyed and replaced where necessary - mainly at the stem
- Engine and all mechanicals lifted and surveyed
- All spars and fittings restored


Refit 2014

- Hull newly repainted
- All bright work completely re varnished
- Masts and booms inspected and re varnished
- 6 new stainless steel bolts (stern and ballast)


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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