Wellow Maid is an unusual Vertue because she was slowly built to an early set of drawings; either those of Andrillot, or more likely to those of Monie, as illustrated. I hope to verify this soon. Her slow construction resulted from her being built, like a number of Vertues, by her first owner, Jim Burnett. Other ‘home-built’ boats include ‘Maid of Tesa‘, ‘Elusive Vertue‘, ‘Northam Vertue‘, ‘Kea‘, ‘Tui of Opua‘ and ‘Flying Fish‘.
She is a well-known boat on the Solent and has only had one previous owner, her builder.
- Laurent Giles design No: 114
- Builder: A.S. 'Jim' Burnett, West Wellow,Romsey, Hampshire, England.
- Launch Date: 1950
- Hull Material: Oregon Pine
- Deck: Canvas over pine?
- Engine: Beta diesel
- Ballast keel material: Iron
- Doghouse: None
- Cockpit: Short standard.
- Berths: Two
- Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop.
- Mast: Wooden
- Heads'ls: Masthead genoa and stays'ls.
- Backstay arrangement: Single standing backstay to bumkin with runners.
- Home Port: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
- Current Owner: Richard & Marion Heming.
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- Other comments: Wellow Maid is an outstanding early Vertue having been built over several years, probably to the Monie drawings.