1951 Laurent Giles Huon Pine Classic Sloop

A$  195,000*
Avalon, stateprovince.NSW, Australia
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Avalon, stateprovince.NSW, Australia
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A$  195,000 Tax Paid 


Nautilus Yacht Management is extremely proud to present for sale the celebrated 'Patsy of Island Bay’.

When Geoff McIntosh bought the 1951 Laurent Giles classic Patsy, he was determined to not only restore her to her former glory, but also ensure she would still be sailing and looking fantastic in another 60 years.
Originally built by Jock Muirs in Hobart, Tasmania, Patsy was constructed using Huon Pine on spotted gum frames with tea tree knees and breast-hooks. She underwent a substantial restoration in the early 1990s, with then owner Glen Nicholson, employing Horseshoe Cove Shipwrights to fit a new solid teak and Huon pine interior.

Patsy's latest restoration took place at Careel Bay Marina and began in 2014. It involved replacing the original canvas doghouse deck-head with one constructed from ply and GRP and the resealing and refastening of the teak decks and cockpit. The mast was removed and completely refurbished, with full removal of paint, sheaves, fittings and fastenings, the manufacturing of a new stainless steel shoe, and re-fitting with all new superior quality stainless steel fittings. The standing rigging was also replaced at that time.

To complete the refit, Patsy's hull and coach house were repainted using Altex's comprehensive Marne Gloss enamel coating system and the teak and cabin sides and rails were coated with Altex's renowned Timbercote gloss varnish.

Patsy's leaf shape, proud bow and refined transom and the unique way she glides by under full sail, speaks of her invaluable heritage, the artistry of her design and the skills with which she was built. Accordingly, she was always maintained and cherished by her succession of proud owners, who lavished great care and attention in her maintenance. At almost 70 years of age, she leaves new yachts in her wake both with her turn of speed and extraordinary beauty. Few people in the world are lucky enough to own a yacht such as Patsy, and those who do belong to a true class of gentlemen sailors for whom such details as the deep luster of a tea tree knee, the silky fit of a dove-tail joint, and the light catching high gloss curved teak, or every exquisite detail, is a passion that was shared equally by the hands who built these boats, in an era where true craftsmanship was still associated with boat-building.

Beneath the perfection of her lines and gleaming varnish, Patsy nevertheless has the heart of a lion, and an endurance to match. Throughout her life, she graced a multitude of blue water harbors, but also flexed her muscles against some of the world’s most treacherous ocean condition. This comes as no surprise, as Patsy of Island Bay, who was designed and built of the association of two of the most renowned names in design and boat building of the time, Laurent Giles and Jock Muirs, was in fact commissioned by no other than Charles Cooper, one of the founders of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Charles Cooper.
With Jock Muirs himself at the wheel (he claimed Patsy as his personal favorite and purchased her again 22 years after having sold her to C. Cooper),  Patsy went on to become the veteran of several grueling Sydney-Hobart races, including the 1970 race, said to be the toughest one to date. Patsy also built a strong performance pedigree in Tasmanian racing.  She sailed to New Zealand to compete in the Logan Classic Yacht Regatta, raced in the Melbourne Hobart and was in the Southern Cross Team in 1971.

At 70 years of age, Patsy has in fact only been owned by a handful of owners, all very much respected names in the sailing world, and each and every one immensely proud to own her. Should Jock Muirs see her now, he would certainly be very impressed by the way she has taken time in her stride without a wrinkle and, if she continues to be cherished as she has until now, will maintain her  far into the future.
If Patsy looks like a princess but fights like a lion in ocean race, her interior is yet another surprise. In an era when boats were often design with little effort towards comfort, which cave-like interior allowed for little light, and which bunks were more suited to hardened sailors, Patsy's ticks all the boxes of a modern yacht with modern comfort demands. Throughout her two major renovations (1990’s and more recently) her interior layout did not change much, a testimony to the ability of the designer to foresee and cater for the preferences of different owners and the evolution of time. However, her interior gained in the delightful addition of many exquisite features, such as the hand-crafted Huon Pine sink, gold plated (yes! you read this right!) lights and other metal fittings, high gloss teak trimmings, lead-light glass doors for cabinets, solid teak drop-leaf table, custom-made plush carpets, rich leather upholstery, tailor-made suede mattresses covers, etc.

Her beautifully varnished teak cabinetry and trimmings, white walls and abundance of light contributes to the sense of space. The coach-house, once fitted with a wheel for safe steering in cold and horrible weather, is easily accessed through a wide companionway. Here one will find cleverly situated, large storage cabinets or bosun’s locker, easy to access when short handed to keep ropes and other sailing equipment. There is a full length, comfortable quarter berth on either side of this cabin. Down a couple of steps one enters the main cabin, with the beautiful gourmet galley to starboard, a settee to port and the saloon / dinette to starboard, adjacent the galley. This space covers the whole width of the yacht, and is incredibly comfortable, full of light as it sits directly beneath the butterfly hatch, and is an easy space to move about in all weather conditions. Whether to entertain 6-8 people for a happy post-race dinner, or to relax with your partner in your favorite bay, this beautiful, tastefully decorated saloon is truly the heart of the yacht. A flat screen TV / DVD sits inconspicuously between two lead light-fronted cabinets and below a comfortable settee. The galley, which is L shape and on the same level, offers rich varnish teak surfaces, beneath which are tastefully hidden the stove, sink, and opposite, a large eutectic fridge.

The forward cabin is dry and pleasant, with a large hanging wardrobe to port, a small settee and access to an ensuite head and shower, which is equipped with hot and cold pressurized water, ample storage areas etc. The floor is protected by a custom-made teak grate, and the cabinetry, lighting, fittings, etc.

For more information or to arrange for an inspection, please contact our friendly team at Nautilus Yacht Management.
A 2015 survey is available on request, and all the details, as are all the details and receipts for the renovations and maintenance.




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