V 167 Tui of Opua



Tui of Opua is one of the finest Vertues in the world.




 Tui is kept immaculately.  Here is Thelma Morley in the cockpit, in Hobart, Tasmania a few years ago.

Tui is a long-term floating home


Builder, owner and liveaboard, Bruce is seen here talking to Frances Robinson in Hobart. 

Bruce has kindly sent a great deal of information about the building of Tui over the years but here is a schedule of the main timbers used in Tui’s construction:

Wooden keel and stern post, Australian Tallowood from northern NSW,
The stem structure is laminated Honduras Mahogony,
The planking is Honduras Mahogany,
The transom is Honduras Mahogany,
The steam bent timbers are laminated Silver Ash from the Victorian highlands,
The stringers, beam shelf and carlins are Spotted Gum from Northern NSW,
The deck and cabin beams are Silver Ash,
The deck and cabin tops are 3 layers of 1/4 inch coachwood ply,
All exterior trim and hatch covers are teak
All interior trim is Honduras Mahogany
The mast and boom are aircraft quality Sitka spruce 








  • Laurent Giles design No: 694
  • Builder: Bruce & Thelma Morely, Toronto, NSW, Australia
  • Launch Date: 1994
  • Hull Material: Honduras Mahogany
  • Deck: Three layers of coachwood Ply
  • Engine: Yanmar 1GM10 diesel
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Stepped Ocean coachroof, no doghouse
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Four
  • Rig: All inboard masthead bermudan sloop
  • Mast: Spruce with single spreaders
  • Heads'ls: Genoa and stays'ls
  • Backstay arrangement: Twin standing to transom
  • Home Port: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Current Owner: Bruce & Thelma Morley
  • Contact details:
  • Email address: tui167@mail.com
  • Other comments: One of the finest Vertues ever built to the ocean coachroof and accommodation layout. Very long term liveaboards.