V 111 Tom Thumb



Tom Thumb is now rigged as a standard masthead bermudan sloop with inner forestay for working stays’ls, running backstays and a long boom for the mains’l.  The standing, or ‘preventer’ backstay is taken to the usual Vertue double boomkin.  This bullet-proof rig has enabled these diminutive boats to be driven hard, as evidenced by the exploits of sister-ships such as Cardinal Vertue V19 and Vertue xxxv.

These photos of Tom Thumb before her recent refit show her to be a fairly straightforward Vertue of the 1960’s.  Kimber’s had previously built one of the early boats, Francolin V6 at their yard just before the War.  We hope to be able to show more recent photos in due course.




  • Laurent Giles design No: 421
  • Builder: Kimber, Highbridge, Somerset.
  • Launch Date: 1962
  • Hull Material: Teak on CRE
  • Deck: Swept teak over ply
  • Engine: Yes
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Long
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Two/three?
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop with inner forestay.
  • Mast: Spruce with double spreaders
  • Heads'ls: Genoa and stays'ls
  • Backstay arrangement: Single to boomkin
  • Home Port: ?
  • Current Owner: ?
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  • Other comments: Tom Thumb had a major refit in 2014-15 after many years sailing out of Salcombe.