Vertue 040 Virtue Fidelis

Vertue 040 Virtue Fidelis 2

Vertue 040 Virtue Fidelis 3

Laurent Giles design No-
BuilderStebbings, Burnham
Launch Date1951
Hull MaterialMahogany on steamed oak frames
DeckPine, canvas-covered
EngineYanmar 1GM10
Ballast keel materialIron
DoghouseShort
CockpitSelf-draining
Berths2
RigBermudian, single backstay from boomkin, inner forestay on lever.(i.e. as original)
Mast Timber, original
Heads'lsNos. 1, 2 and 3 staysails. 2 and 3 are Egyptian cotton,Cranfieldand Carter, dated 1951, still in good condition.
Backstay arrangementSingle backstay and runners
Home PortCargreen, River Tamar
Current OwnerBob Kemp
Contact details01566 773721
Email addressbobkemp3@yahoo.co.uk
Other comments:'Virtue' was built to be shown at the Festival of Britain, 1951, as an example of British craftmanship. She was then called 'Festival Virtue.' sold to Captain Glanfield, she reamained in his family until sold to me some 9 years ago, so I am only her second owner. Until coming down to the West Country, she sailed out of Brightlingsea.
She is in good condition, can be sailed hard without needing pumping and is all you expect from a Vertue. I renewed most of the keel bolts 4 years ago, a fairly straightforward job, then renewed all the chainplates 2 winters ago, which was a brute. As the new plates are stainless steel, I shall never need to do the job again.
Stebbingsarchive.net has a section on her, including three excellent photographs of her as new. I have a number of photographs taken in the last few years and will be happy to forward them to you. The old Vertue website had several pictures on it, but these are probably now lost.