Charis was built by Elkins the year after Sally II but to the amended drawings prepared for Monie’s construction at the Berthon boatyard in Lymington.  She was either shipped or sailed to the east coast of the US and her coachroof was replaced by a higher structure complete with large doghouse windows.  She apparently spent some time in California but we believe she is now kept in Maine.

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The modified masthead sloop rig that first appeared on Sally II ,V2. This highly logical solution for easier handling of hanked-on headsails was used by the Giles practice in a number of designs.   However this is one of Monie‘s drawings.                                                                                                                                                                                              


Charis in America.  She had by then been fitted with a replacement, fully glazed, coachroof, which is probably a unique alternative to the old original low coachroof with which the pre-war boats were built.                                                                                                                                                                                                                


  • Laurent Giles design No: 40
  • Builder: E.F.Elkins, Christchurch, England
  • Launch Date: 1938
  • Hull Material: Pitch pine on oak
  • Deck: (Probably canvas over pine)
  • Engine: Not known
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Unusual hybrid doghouse/coacroof now.
  • Cockpit: Self-draining
  • Berths: Three
  • Rig: Masthead sloop with inner forestay
  • Mast: Wood with two pairs of spreaders
  • Heads'ls: Genoa & stays'ls
  • Backstay arrangement: Standing double with runners
  • Home Port: Eastport ME US East Coast
  • Current Owner: Patrick Donahue
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  • Other comments: We are very keen to hear about where Charis is now based.