Hippo was built using W.E.S.T. system epoxy glued, western red cedar strip planking, to the basic Vertue II drawings 718, which had originally been drafted for the first grp boat Vertue Voyager.



Hippo was sailed many thousands of miles by Paul Dare before being based in the West Country.  She is an interesting, very modern, example of a Vertue.


  • Laurent Giles design No: Amended 718 drawings
  • Builder: Paul Dare
  • Launch Date: 1999
  • Hull Material: Strip planked cedar and epoxy
  • Deck: grp sheathed ply
  • Engine: Beta Marine BZ482 13 hp diesel
  • Ballast keel material: Lead encapsulated with grp sheathing
  • Doghouse: None
  • Cockpit: Short self draining
  • Berths: Two
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop
  • Mast: Metal with single pair of spreaders
  • Heads'ls: Furling masthead genoa jib
  • Backstay arrangement: Standing backstay no runners
  • Home Port: River Tamar
  • Current Owner: Jon Dunsdon
  • Contact details:
  • Email address: Hippo213@btinternet.com
  • Other comments: Hippo is one of the last Vertues to be built.