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Francolin is one of the few, beautifully proportioned, early Vertues built to the Monie drawings.  She is the only Vertue known to have been built at Harold Kimber’s yard in Somerset.  She was commissioned by Colonel James (John) Munn and 1938.  She has had various deep refits over the years and now has a diesel auxilliary engine.Francolin

Epeneta built to Monie drawings.

FRANCOLIN   The Monie drawings were used for her construction and her specification was modified slightly.





Vertue 6 Francolin


  • Laurent Giles design No: 0052
  • Builder: H.J.Kimber, Highbridge, Bridgewater, Somerset, England
  • Launch Date: 1939
  • Hull Material: Pitch pine on oak.
  • Deck: Canvas over yellow pine
  • Engine: Yanmar 1GM10 offset to port.
  • Ballast keel material: Iron
  • Doghouse: None. Renewed coachroof with increased camber.
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Three
  • Rig: All as Monie.
  • Mast: Wood
  • Heads'ls: --
  • Backstay arrangement: Single to bumkin & runners.
  • Home Port: River Tamar
  • Current Owner: John Shorthouse
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