V 89 Mea



Mea V 89 on the river Colne, in Essex, on the east coast of England.

ICEBIRDThe ‘Ocean’ Vertue sailplan was originally conceived as a bermudan cutter like this, above.   Mea is now rigged as a bermudan sloop.

Concept drawings of the ‘Ocean Vertue’ which shows the interior arrangment to which Mea was built.  She now has a ‘v’ berth in the focsle.




Mea was beautifully built to a very high spec including teak planking and a lead keel by the Cheoy Lee Shipyard in Kowloon, Hong Kong.


  • Laurent Giles design No: 320
  • Builder: Cheoy Lee
  • Launch Date: 1959
  • Hull Material: Teak on ipol
  • Deck: Painted marine ply
  • Engine: Beta 14 Diesel
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Ocean, stepped coachroof design
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Four
  • Rig: Masthead, all inboard bermudan sloop.
  • Mast: Spruce
  • Heads'ls: Furling genoa
  • Backstay arrangement: Twin to transom
  • Home Port: Wolverstone, Sussex
  • Current Owner: Matteo Richiardi
  • Contact details:
  • Email address: matteo.richiardi@gmail.com
  • Other comments: Mea is a beautiful example of one of the 'Ocean' class of Vertues.