We recently found out this magnificent classic 57 feet Laurent Giles sailing yacht is (really) for sale. Surely, this is not a vessel for a first time sailor but it isn’t something that is going to ever look like another GRP white boat in the bay.
This is considered to be a UK vessel of national importance.
With its own Wikipedia page, ‘Sails of Dawn’ ocean racing yachts is, and I quote:
an ocean racing yacht and cruising yacht, one of the last boats John Laurent Giles saw launched before his death in 1969 It was built to Lloyds 100A1 certification, while being also under Royal Ocean Racing Club certification and also to Lloyds 100A1 for the owner DD Morell of Mitchell Construction.
Only three yards in Britain submitted tenders for the build, others stating the quality unattainable in the time-frame , and so it was down to two yards, McGruer of Clynder and Robertsons yard. McGruers were chosen for the price of 48,000* British pounds plus 8% design fees to Laurent Giles.”
*in 2018 the equivalent of £48000 would be £743,140.11
The Vessel is also featured by Yachting Monthly magazine 1971 Feburary issue.
It is currently located in Malta on land and works are still carried on. The current owner, a former P&O master mariner, is simply looking forward to recover some of the money spent, thus, is accepting offers in the region of £100k.
It is not uncommon that these beautiful vessels get acquired a bit on a whim due to their beauty and charm and without an accurate plan and budget for what it takes to bring them back to their splendour and seaworthiness. Oftentimes it take too much time for owners that are not in their 30s anymore or more money and energy than well-meaning hopeful buyers can afford, that is why it is key to have a team like ours to support the acquisition and sail through what in this case would be the last leg of refitting.
If you would like our team to help you acquire and finish this vessel providing a detailed-budget and refitting plan to finish the works to your specification and launch the vessel please get in touch.
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