36ft Laurent Giles Bermudan Sloop with centreplate, 1959


August 2021.

Location: Ashore   St Osyths, nr. Colchester, Essex.  GB
Make: Laurent Giles
Year: 1959
Condition: Fair, requiring a major refit
Category:  Classic Sailing
Class: Antique and Classics Race Cruiser
Keel Type: Centreboard displacement hull


Vale of York an attractive Classic Bermudan Sloop, very pleasing sheer line with a counter stern, racked bow, a relatively shallow long keel with Centreboard.
She was bought ashore for a refit in August 2021 . The mast has been un-stepped, the Standing rigging wires have been re served  and the Fore stay replaced with new.

The centreboard has an hydraulic lifting system. A generous open deep cockpit aft.  An adjustable seat at the helm position. Wheel steering

In her day she had a RORC rating, for racing Offshore and was extensively cruised. She was the forth yacht commissioned by a Lt Col. to be designed by Jack Laurent Giles.
She offers cabin heating, generous headroom in roomy light accommodation.

Vale of York was left afloat, albeit under an overall framed cover for 5 years.  She now requires a major refit . There has been found

some severe Electrolysis damage to some of her floors and around the horn timbers.



Nominal Length: 10.97m
Length Overall: 11.00m
Length At Water Line: 7.32m

Beam: 2.95m
Draft: 1.91m
Max Draft: 1.91m
Keel Up: 1.22m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 25 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 182 litres
Displacement: 7.00kg
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Engine Power: 28hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Itchenor Shipyard Co Ltd
Designer: Jack Laurent Giles
Boat Name: Vale of York


Hull Material: Carvel teak planking on Oak frames.
Hull Design: Displacement with centreboard.
Hull Speed: 11 knots



Engine Description: Volvo 3 cylinder diesel engine. Installed new 2003. 28hp, last serviced in  August 2021.


Carvel splined planking, Mahogany topsides and teak for the under water hull. All copper fastened to hardwood frames. Bronze strap floors. She has a centreboard which drops through a lead ballast keel.
Decks and coach roof have been clothed epoxied and painted over marine ply. Deep open aft cockpit built in teak ( varnished). Natural teak cockpit sole.
A purpose built seated helm position further seating with lockers under and stowage for the gas bottles, a lazerette aft of the cockpit. Wheel steering from a pedestal.
Half doors with a sliding hatch over to enter the accommodation.  Step in down onto the engine box and into the cabin sole.
Teak raised dog house coach roof which drops down going forward over the saloon. A Fore hatch at it’s front edge.
Interior cabinets / shelving/ stowage and berths are all as originally fitted. Good standing headroom below.
In the accommodation the hull sides have been painted out. fixed bronze framed glazing throughout the main cabin plus 2 x sky lights in the coach roof. Make for a light and airy environment.

Accommodation:  ( Images above were taken Summer of 2021.)  

12v cabin lighting in accommodation. 2 x gimballed oil lamps in the saloon.
Natural teak planks on the cabin sole. To port of the engine box. a pilot berths runs aft under the port deck .

Using the engine box as a seat there is a drop down chart table . and the navigation equipment fixed to the deck head above.
Starboard is the galley, one large s/s basin with manually pumped cold water only.
Plastimo Neptune: double gas hob with grill and oven.
Semi bulkheads forward into the saloon with opposing wide full length settee berths with stowage beneath. Upholstery covered. Port berth converts to a double. with an infill .
Eberspacher cabin heater.
Forward again Heads to port with a Jabsco sea toilet.opposite is a vanity unity with mirror and drawers.

Through a doorway into the fore cabin with two full length large single berths with drawer stowage under. 2 x 12v reading lights.
Chain locker in the forepeak.



Vale of York pictured afloat Summer 2021.


A bespoke overall fitted Winter cover with frame… New 2018.
s/s frame for the spray hood.
Dodgers with clear screens fitted, side vision from the helm.
Bronze fairleads
Teak and bronze deck cleats.
Galvanised boom crutch
Control for hydraulic lifting of centreboard
Teak chokes for the secure stowage of deck gear and a CQR anchor
Original Simpson Lawrence manual anchor W.
Dorade boxes with large vents mounted on the coach roof.


Solid varnished mast and boom
Original bronze Tufnol winch
2 x Lewmar 40 sheet winches
Genoa tracks are mounted on the toe rails

Sails: All made by Gowens of Mersea Island. Main, 2 x jibs and a spinnaker.

Navigation Equipment:

Sestral steering compass in a binnacle mounted on pedestal.
Ships wheel for the helm pedestal mounted
Nasa marine echo sounder
Icom VHF

Safety Equipment:

Varnished teak grabrails on the coach roofs
Gas detector
2 x fire extinguishers ( expiry dates unknown
2 x Electric bilge pumps,  1 x Manual bilge pump