Laurent Giles sloop for sale

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Price
€330,000 (£292,325)
Year
1966
LOA
18 m
Fuel
diesel
Beam
4.5 m
Country
Portugal
Draft Max
2.97 m
Keel
Full keel
Boat Type
Sail
RB Ref
RB122662

About this Laurent Giles sloop

The distinctive and stylish hand of Jack Laurent Giles’s design is easily recognised in ALBACORE. With only 2 owners since her launch her versatility has been demonstrated as an amazingly effective race boat in her early years; winning all the important races in Portugal. In her second career she has been equally successful as a family cruising yacht sailing longer distances, notably to the Caribbean and South America. Long ownerships normally bring rewards and ALBACORE’s owner has indulged her in several major refits, changing her deck, rig and electronics, fully in character to ensure she remains such a useful family yacht.



Brokers Comments


The distinctive and stylish hand of Jack Laurent Giles’s design is easily recognised in ALBACORE. With only 2 owners since her launch her versatility has been demonstrated as an amazingly effective race boat in her early years; winning all the important races in Portugal. In her second career she has been equally successful as a family cruising yacht sailing longer distances, notably to the Caribbean and South America. Long ownerships normally bring rewards and ALBACORE’s owner has indulged her in several major refits, changing her deck, rig and electronics, fully in character to ensure she remains such a useful family yacht.

History


Designed by J Laurent Giles and built in 1966 by Port Hamble to the order of Mr. Moniz Galvão, ALBACORE arrived in Portugal that year, where she was fitted out with the interiors in fine joinery.
During the period between 1967 and 1973, she considered the best racing boat in the country, winning al of the most important local races.
Following the Portuguese revolution in 1974, she was taken to England and bought by Mr. António de Figueiredo, the present owner, who then took her to Brazil from 1976 to 1977.
In 1977 ALBACORE participated in the Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro race, after which  she sailed to Antigua staying until 1980.
She returned to England in 1980, where some alterations in the sail plan were made. A new mast, shorter boom and a furling system for the genoa and staysail were installed, according to a Laurent Giles designed set of modifications. On completion of these and other small works, she returned to Portugal, for her owner’s enjoyment, in local races and cruising the Iberian Peninsular coasts. In 1986 she participated in the Nantes-Lisbon race, and was placed in fifth.
In 1990 she went to France – Bretagne, to participate in a championship, representing Lusitânia (Portuguese insurance company). On the return she participated again in the Nantes-Setubal race and, surprisingly, she achieved third place in the general class.

Construction


- Honduras mahogany and teak planked hull
- Teak deck
- Mahogany superstructure and joinery

Accommodation and Domestic Equipment


- Access to the accommodation is by double doors and sliding hatch aft starboard of the deck saloon
- Wonderful light deck saloon with very large windows
- Original teak cabin sole
- Access to engine room by lifting hatch in sole as well as lifting steps forward in saloon
- White painted deck head
- Settee seating port and starboard
- Huge stowage lockers outboard of settees under side decks
- Folding dining table
- Nav station facing aft
Moving aft
- Steps down
- Large fridge freezer at base of steps
- Aft cabin impressively fitted out in high quality joinery
- 2 x Berths
- 2 x Large mirrors
- 4 x Opening ports
- 2 x Large hanging lockers with rattan fronts
- En suite head with Vac flush WC, shower and basin
Moving forward from saloon down steps
- Galley to port
- Cupboard with rattan fronts laid out athwartships
- Large 2 burner hob
- Stainless steel 2 bowl sink with mixer tap set in worktop
- Guest Head with WC and shower to stbd
- Guest cabin fwd to port
- 2 x Berths the top one outboard
- Rattan fronted cupboards
- Opening port
- Similar 2 berth guest cabin to starboard but without side bulkhead so less privacy
- Large hanging locker to port by entrance to fore cabin
- Fore cabin with large deck head access to fore deckhead
- 2 x Bunks
- Substantial stowage in drawers and hanging locker
- Access to bow locker stowing anchor chain

Rig Spars and Sails


- Navtec adjustable hydraulic backstay
- Alloy 3 spreader mast
- Spinnaker pole stowed on leading edge of rig
- Demountable inner fore stay
- 2 x Andersen 58 ST halyard winches
- 1 x Andersen 45 ST reefing winch
- Navtec hydraulic vang
- Running rigging new 2016

- Fully battened main sail new 2017 Tommy Sails; former Hood loft and sail maker in Germany
- Furling No 1 Genoa new 2017 Tommy Sails; former Hood loft and sail maker in Germany
- Stay sail
- Yankee

Deck Layout Equipment and Ground Tackle


From aft
- Panama fairleads
- Large teak stern mooring cleats P&S
- Stainless steel pushpit with opening gate and passarelle
- Hatch cover to large lazarette with chrome mushroom vent over
- Large deep cockpit with 2 opening sole boards accessing large sail store in bilge
- Lifting bench seats
- Carbon boarding ladder stowed
- Cockpit table (stowed in focs’le when not in use)
- Foot controls for cockpit winches
-2 x Andersen 58 ST 2 speed winches mounted on teak bases outside cockpit coamings
- 2 x Andersen 68 ST 2 speed winches mounted on teak bases outside cockpit coamings
- Helmsman’s bench seat divides cockpit
- Large “Destroyer” helm wheel
- Engine controls concealed to stbd
- Navigation instrument repeaters fwd aligned by traveller
- 2 x Andersen 52 main sheet winches
- Chromed vents on dorade boxes and large deck hatchway over owners cabin
- More nav instrument repeaters on cockpit fwd bulkhead
- Laurent Giles pattern Highfield levers for running backstay
- Original Lewmar genoa cars on track fore and aft down cap rail
- Wide side decks
- Deck saloon with teak laid coach roof, sliding hatch aft and 2 large hatches fwd
- Trunk cabin forward with raised coach roof enhancing fore cabin head room
- 2 x Large chromed vents
- Fresh water deck wash tap in small deck locker to stbd of Mast
- Hatch on coach roof over 2 guest cabins
- Large hatch fwd on coach roof over focsle
- Original Laurent Giles hydraulic windlass
- 30 Kg Bruce anchor stowed on bow roller
- 2 x Large teak bow mooring cleats
- Chrome Panama style fairleads
- Pulpit

Mechanical Electrical and Tankage


- Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 122 HP / 91 Kw 6 cyl Diesel 2005
- Waterjet bow thruster
- Cummins Onan 7MDKBL 7/9 Kw 115 / 230 V AC Diesel generator
- Harken hydraulic power station

Navigation Communication and Electronics


Instruments in or near cockpit, readers / screens
- 2 x Steering compasses
- B&G instruments
    - Analogue wind magnified
    - Rudder setting gauge
    - Hydra 2000
    - Hydra auto pilot
    - 20/20
    - Universal 3 Log speed direction
Instruments at deck saloon nav station
- Simrad CP 44 chart plotter
- Isolator panel for the yacht
- B&G Hydra 2000
- Furuno VHF with dedicated batteries
- Furuno SSB with dedicated batteries
- Furuno Navtex
- Furuno radar
- Barometer
- Samsung TV

Safety


- 2 x 6 man RFD Seasava plus E life rafts new 2016 stowed in cockpit under deck
- Set of hydrostatic life jackets; new 2016
- 1 x Manual Diaphragm bilge pump in cockpit
- Tender and Mercury 9.9 outboard; new 2016

Refit and Maintenance


Every year, since 1980, she has been back to the shipyard for painting, varnishing and minor repairs. From November 1991 to July 1992 she went to a shipyard to make a complete overhaul of the hull and systems. In 1997 all the electronics were replaced. Thereafter:
2003
- New mast, boom, spinnaker pole, Reckman genoa furling system
- New set of Hood sails including full batten main sail, furling Genoa, stay sail and yankee
2004
- New B&G Hydra system, including GPS
- Refurbishment and fitting out of the galley
- WCs renewed
2005 Palma de Mallorca
- New complete teak deck
- New engine room, including new water and fuel tanks
- New Yanmar 160 HP main engine
- New shaft and Maxprop propeller
- New generator
- New electrical system
- New winches including a hydraulic power station by Harken for two primary winches
- New hull paint (Yellow lady)

Other Equipment

ALBACORE

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