Serif sails out of Plymouth where she has been based for some years.  She is sailed as a masthead bermudan sloop with both genoa and stays’ls set on the topmast forestay as required.  Her running backstays have been replaced by intermediate lower shrouds, and the backstay has a lower span that terminates on the quarters.

Whilst the heads’ls are hanked on, the mains’l has roller reefing.












Serif ashore for the winter in the shed at Mashfords.


  • Laurent Giles design No: 111
  • Builder: Cardnell Brothers, Maylandsea, Essex. UK.
  • Launch Date: 1948
  • Hull Material: Mahogany on oak.
  • Deck: Canvas over pine.
  • Engine: 16hp.
  • Ballast keel material: Iron
  • Doghouse: Short
  • Cockpit: Short not self-draining
  • Berths: Three
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop.
  • Mast: Wooden
  • Heads'ls: Genoa and stays'ls
  • Backstay arrangement: Standing to quarters.
  • Home Port: Plymouth
  • Current Owner: John Suter
  • Contact details: 07762 017 204
  • Email address: jmsuter1@icloud.com
  • Other comments: Serif is probably the only Vertue to have been built by Cardnell Brothers at Maylandsea in Essex.