View Full Version : Lymington 5 tonner
05-09-2002, 02:45 PM
Anyone ever seen one? Made (of course) in Lymington, several were shipped over to the US in the early 50's. Designed by Laurent Giles.
"Affixed to the wall of the harbormaster's office in Durban, according to Vertue myth, is a notice. 'In winds over Force 7, no yacht may depart without my authority. Unless she's a Vertue.'"
02-14-2004, 10:35 PM
They are a lot like a "Vertue" if I remember right, slightly earlier in Giles' career, and may be a bit less expensive and difficult to build. there was a feature on the class in "Classic Boat" a couple of years back (or maybe more - time seems to flyby faster these years...) and they are a very attractive little vessel to look at. I gather they sail quite well too. They are a little smaller, probably a "4 tonner" (Thames measurement) rather than 5.
02-15-2004, 04:19 PM
It occurs to me later that there wa salso a "Lymington Slipway 5 Tonner", a double-ended sloop with full width raised deck as part of her cabin. I believe they were designed by G.O'Brien Kennedy and had some popularity back in the 1940's or so...maybe that was what you were thinking of...
02-16-2004, 03:42 AM
There was [is] a type called the Lymington L class that was a L/Giles design.Smaller than a Vertue, about 23' I think, very attractive boat. Like the Vertues the early ones had a small low coachroof,later post war boats were more built up,accomodation pretty minimal.
02-16-2004, 07:27 AM
That "Lymington 'L'" is what I was thinking of. One could get a 3-berth layout in such a boat, but I'd not want to see any more, and not sure how long I'd want the third party aboard. The hull was so designed as to make easy planking runs, as I recall, and she was quite an attractive little vessel. For those who dream of a Vertue biut cannot afford one, the "L" would be a good alternative.
06-18-2009, 07:41 PM
Here's a lovely Lymington 'L' pictured in a price guide- worth a look for the photos.
06-19-2009, 12:16 AM
One for sale here
The Lymington L is a lovely looking boat! I'd like to see a small bridgedeck fitted for cruising though. The Lymington 5 tonner pictured is a good example of why varnished hulls are a bad idea unless you have a full-time maintenance crew! Rick
06-19-2009, 02:26 AM
nice shape, plug ugly treatment. Ghaa those bright finished hulls make my skin crawl.
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