V 111 Tom Thumb



Tom Thumb is now rigged as a masthead bermudan sloop with a standard long boom for the mains’l.  The standing, or ‘preventer’ backstay is taken to the usual Vertue double boomkin.  

Tom Thumb photographed since her recent refit in Plymouth.





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 and Blake, Highbridge, Somerset.
  • Launch Date: 1962
  • Hull Material: Teak on CRE
  • Deck: Swept teak over ply
  • Engine: Volvo MD2020 diesel
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Long
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Three
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop with inner forestay.
  • Mast: Pine with double spreaders
  • Heads'ls: Furling masthead genoa
  • Backstay arrangement: Single to boomkin
  • Home Port: Craobh, Argyll, Scotland.
  • Current Owner: Bill Ainscough
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  • Email address: bill@harrockltd.com
  • Other comments: Major refit at Will Stirling's yard in 2014-15 after many years sailing out of Salcombe. Recently cruising the Baltic.