V 48 Stronghold (ex Davalan)



Stronghold’s deep refit under way.

Stronghold’s standard short Vertue cockpit at 4’6″ long is adequate for two but cramped for more.  Here the owner has chosen to paint the outsides of the teak coamings which read harmoniously with the the sides of the doghouse and coachroof further forward.  The true quality of the timber is still evident on the inside faces of all the deckworks.  The starboard running backstay turning block and lever can be seen here.

Stronghold ashore during her recent extensive refit.

Stronghold with her rudder removed for some work to be done.

Stronghold’s exquisitely finished saloon, looking aft: gleaming varnished teak and mahogany!

Below in Stronghold’s saloon, looking forward towards the focs’le.  She appears to be immaculately finished!

Stronghold’s owner Bill Rogers wrote in 2016 to explain that her ‘recent overhaul’ included: new stern timbers, new bronze floors, new keel bolts, deadwood bolts, and hood end fastenings.  Five pairs of bent timbers replaced, new garboards, toe rails removed repaired and refastened, new cap rails, new bronze mast step, new dynel/epoxy deck covering, new standing rigging.  Pulpit, stanchions and stemhead fitting all regalvanised.  All planking seams raked out and recaulked and payed.  New electrical wiring and engine plumbing and finally whole boat refinished inside and out’!  What a great job!

There follow several photographs taken during the ‘recent overhaul’!

New bronze floors.


  • Laurent Giles design No: 167
  • Builder: Elkins
  • Launch Date: 1952
  • Hull Material: Teak on oak
  • Deck: Epoxy cloth over yellow pine
  • Engine: Yanmar 2GM
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Short
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Two
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop
  • Mast: Spruce
  • Heads'ls: Stays'ls and Genoa
  • Backstay arrangement: Single to boomkin and runners
  • Home Port: Woods Hole, Mass. USA
  • Current Owner: Bill Rogers
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  • Other comments: Stronghold is a classic, Elkins built 1950's boat which has had a recent deep refit and looks beautiful.