Wellow Maid is an unusual Vertue because she was slowly built to an early set of drawings; either those of Andrillot, or more likely to those of Monie, as illustrated.  I hope to verify this soon.  Her slow construction resulted from her being built, like a number of Vertues, by her first owner, Jim Burnett.  Other ‘home-built’ boats include ‘Maid of Tesa‘, ‘Elusive Vertue‘, ‘Northam Vertue‘,  ‘Kea‘, ‘Tui of Opua‘ and ‘Flying Fish‘.

She is a well-known boat on the Solent and has only had one previous owner, her builder.


  • Laurent Giles design No: 114
  • Builder: A.S. 'Jim' Burnett, West Wellow,Romsey, Hampshire, England.
  • Launch Date: 1950
  • Hull Material: Oregon Pine
  • Deck: Canvas over pine?
  • Engine: Beta diesel
  • Ballast keel material: Iron
  • Doghouse: None
  • Cockpit: Short standard.
  • Berths: Two
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop.
  • Mast: Wooden
  • Heads'ls: Masthead genoa and stays'ls.
  • Backstay arrangement: Single standing backstay to bumkin with runners.
  • Home Port: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
  • Current Owner: Richard & Marion Heming.
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  • Other comments: Wellow Maid is an outstanding early Vertue having been built over several years, probably to the Monie drawings.