€140,000 tax paid

Aluminium blue water ketch

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelLaurent Giles 55 Ketch
DesignerLaurent Giles
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingLa Spezia, Italy


EnginePerkins Sabre M135 135hp
Engine Hours2350
Fuel Capacity900l
Hull ConstructionAluminium
Keel TypeFin Keel
Drinking Water Capacity1250l


Aluminium round-bilge blue water ketch from Laurent Giles and Joyce Marine in 1981. Fully-fitted out for liveaboard adventures with a great inventory and a hugely versatile interior layout accommodating up to 10 with ease.


Originally launched in 1981, this stunningly capable aluminium ketch has been well proven as a blue water cruiser with a number of trans-Atlantic crossings under her belt. Continually refitted and upgraded, she now represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase a true ‘go anywhere’ liveaboard cruising yacht at a very realistic price.



RCD Status:
• RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was first placed into use prior to 16th June 1998.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
• Aluminium hull, deck and superstructure
• Round bilge profile
• Topsides painted white
• Teak laid side decks, coachroof and cockpit – replaced circa mid 1990’s
• Underwater sections sandblasted and epoxied 2005

Keel & Rudder:
• Lead ballasted fin keel
• Skeg-supported rudder


Engine & gearbox:
• Perkins Sabre 6 cylinders naturally aspired 135 hp – 2000
• Fresh water engine cooling via raw water intake and heat exchanger

Service & Maintenance:
• Engine hours – approx. 2350 as of May 2018 (note -engine hours may be referred to in addition to the original engine)
• Date of last engine service – serviced annually (2016 new water pump, new heat exchanger)

Propulsion & Steering:
• Vetus 24vDC bowthruster
• Propeller shaft
• Max-Prop 3-bladed feathering propeller
• Dual-wheel steering with a helm throttle lever


Voltage systems:
• 24vDC primary domestic system with 24vDC starting circuit and 220v AC via shorepower, generator or inverter.

Battery Banks:
• 4x 24vDC 200 amp for services – 2015
• 2x 24vDC 100 amp for engine start – 2015

Charging / Inverter:
• 24vDC 100 Amp Shark automatic battery charger
• 24vDC 100 Amp secondary automatic battery charger

• Engine driven alternator

• Kohler 6,5 Kw 220vAC diesel generator - 2000
• Date of last generator service – summer 2015: new water pump
• Ordinary service done every summer

Wind Generator:
• Ampair 100 wind generator – serviced 2015

Shore Power:
• 220vAC shore power system


Fresh Water:
• Pressurised fresh water supply via twin 24vDC pressure pumps
• The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well-insulated hot water tank, heated by engine or 220v AC immersion heater element

Bilge Pumps:
• Manual bilge pumps
• Electric bilge pumps


• 900 litres fuel capacity with gauge at DC panel
• Tank cleaned and inspected - 2015

Fresh Water:
• 1250 litres fresh water capacity in stainless steel tank
• Tank cleaned and inspected - 2015


In Cockpit:
• B&G boat speed, depth, wind and true wind displays
• Steering compass
• NECO autopilot with Robertson engine control units - replaced 2015

At Chart Table:
• B&G boat speed, depth, wind and true wind displays
• Steering compass
• Furuno radar with scanner on mizzen mast
• MLR FX-312 GPS
• NECO autopilot with Robertson engine control units - replaced 2015

Communications Equipment:
• Furuno Weatherfax


• Dometic 3-burner gimballed gas stove with oven
• Microwave oven
• 24vDC top opening freezer
• 24vDC Isotherm front opening fridge with control and additional air cooler
• Stainless steel sink with pressurised hot & cold water supply

• 2x Electric marine heads with macerator

Heating & Ventilation:
• Eberspacher diesel heater
• Glomex TV Antenna
• Samsung 20' TV


Summary of Accommodation:
• Accommodating up to 10 in two double cabins and seven single berths in four cabins.
• Two heads compartments both with marine toilets, handbasins and showers
• The layout is practical and flexible offering comfort at harbour and at sea. The aft cabin is large and the deck saloon is a very pleasant place for lengthy stays aboard. With three further twin cabins the ability to accommodate a large family or guests is rare in a boat of this size.
• Headroom in saloon – approx 6’5”

Accommodation Finish:
• Teak interior joinery
• Blue cloth upholstery
• Teak & holly sole boards
• White vinyl headlinings
• Cloth curtains


• Ketch rig
• Aluminium alloy spars – painted white
• Two sets of inline spreaders on main and mizzen mast
• Stainless steel wire standing rigging
• In-mast furling for mainsail and mizzen - 1996
• Furlex 400S genoa furler
• Kemp rod vang
• Spinnaker pole

• 2x Lewmar 55.2 ST 2-speed self-tailing manual genoa winches
• 1x Antal 2-speed self-tailing manual genoa furling winch
• 2x 2-speed self-tailing manual winches

• Dacron furling mainsail – 2009
• Dacron furling mizzen – 2009
• Furling genoa
• Symmetric spinnaker
• Mizzen spinnaker
• MPS/Gennaker
• Storm Jib

• Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit and guardwire stanchions
• Stainless steel bathing ladders
• Manual davits for tender
• Teak and aluminium 2.70m passarelle

Anchoring & Mooring:
• Lofran Falcon electric windlass with remote control – 2010
• Delta Anchor 34 kgs 70m chain and Kong swivel – 2013
• Spare Bruce anchor with 50m 10mm chain

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Sprayhood
• Cockpit cushions

Tender & Outboard:
• Zodiac 2,70 m rigid keel tender – serviced 2018
• Mercury 4hp outboard engine – serviced 2018


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Viewing arrangements

Lying La Spezia, Italy

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead Broker: Michele Antonini – Grabau International (Italia)
Tel: +39 333 74 89 281
Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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