Betsinda is one of the best examples of the group of Vertues built in the 1950’s with the long cockpit layout.



BETSINDA is a beautifully maintained Vertue, built by one of the most well-known yards for these boats in the 1950’s.   Unusually for an Elkins-built boat she has the long cockpit arrangment, and she was built with the finest materials available at the time: mahogany topsides and teak bottom on oak centreline and framing, with a lead keel.  She even has a laid teak deck!


Here are the general arrangement drawings for the ‘long cockpit’ version of the Vertue.   As the cockpit is 6′ long rather than the  4’6″ standard length, there is much more room for handling the boat for day sailing or racing.  The price paid is 18″ less accommodation, although the feeling of  extra spaciousness in the after end of the saloon is surprising compared with the standard boats.  Betsinda has a lovely saloon as can be seen in the photos below.




Saloon looking aft towards the companionway.  The engine is tucked away aft of this so there is plenty of space in the chart table/galley area.


  • Laurent Giles design No: 252
  • Builder: Elkins, Christchurch
  • Launch Date: 1954
  • Hull Material: Teak on Oak
  • Deck: Swept laid teak
  • Engine: Nanni N3.21 Installed 2015
  • Ballast keel material: Lead
  • Doghouse: Short
  • Cockpit: Long
  • Berths: Three
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop with inner forestay & runners.
  • Mast: Wooden with two pairs of spreaders
  • Heads'ls: Genoa and stays'ls
  • Backstay arrangement: Single to bumkin
  • Home Port: Ballydown Bay, Strangford Loch, Northern Ireland.
  • Current Owner: Brian Law
  • Contact details:
  • Email address: brianlaw@wjlaw.co.uk
  • Other comments: One of the most immaculately maintained long cockpit Vertues afloat, and one of very few Vertues based in Northern Ireland.