Island Vertue was clearly beautifully built and fitted out and has recently been taken on a circumnavigation of Tasmania by her owner Michael Vaughan.


The teak deck finish accentuates the substantial feeling aboard this chunky little ship.


Permanent bowsprit for tacking down a large reacher.



Substantial cockpit joinery and practical spray hood over the main hatch.   Micheal kindly took us for a gentle sail out of Hobart a few years ago.


The layout below is unusual with a single berth in the focsle and a quarter berth aft.  The joinery work is strong and seamanlike.




Island Vertue is fitted out below with an ideal combination of substantial wooden sections and lightly painted surfaces which make her feel cosy but bright at the same time.  The layout is a modern take on some of the early layouts found in the boats of the 1950’s.



  • Laurent Giles design No: ----------
  • Builder: Ian Smith in Sydney and Dennis Lees completed in Tasmania
  • Launch Date: January 6 2000
  • Hull Material: Epoxy sheathed western red cedar strip planking
  • Deck: Teak finished grp sheathed marine plywood
  • Engine: Yanmar 2GM20 diesel
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Long
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Four
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop with inner forestay
  • Mast: Aluminium alloy
  • Heads'ls: Roller furling genoa and furling storm jin
  • Backstay arrangement: Standing inboard backstay with runners
  • Home Port: Hobart, Tasmania
  • Current Owner: Michael Vaughan
  • Contact details:
  • Email address: islandvertue@gmail.com
  • Other comments: Built to VII drawings the exquisite Island Vertue is an outstanding example of the design.