Laurent Giles Wanderer Class, built in 1983 by Arthur Holt of Iroko, sheathed GRP decks, fabulous cruising yacht, recently re-engined and currently lying in Faro, Portugal.
Built in 1983. Carvel construction of Iroko planking on Iroko frames, lead ballast keel through bolted. The cockpit, deck and superstructure are constructed of marine ply overlaid with GRP. Accommodation provides sleeping accommodation comfortably for 4 in a forward cabin and saloon berths. Wooden mast & boom.
Designed by Laurent Giles and built by Arthur Holt, Essex. Sail No 24. British Part 1 Registered.
LOA 29' 11" (9.1m)
Beam 9' 7" (2.9m)
LWL 24’7” (7.5m)
Draft 5' 0" (1.5m)
Displacement 18,000 lbs
Hull and Topsides
Mary Jo was taken out of the water for a refit.
The underwater hull had been stripped to wood , re caulked, painted and antifouled. Viewed bow to stern the lines are fair and symmetrical.
Areas around the water line, bilges, hull penetrations, such as instruments, sea cocks and overboard discharges are in a good serviceable condition.
The hull has been sounded and was found free from any weakness. The keel is intact with no signs of deterioration of the ballast or grounding.
The rudder is constructed from wood and is in serviceable condition. It is supported by an upper and mid bearing in the hull and a lower bearing slung off the skeg. There is no play in the bearings. Percussion tests revealed no areas of weakness.
Through Hull Fittings
All fittings were hammer tested and inspected by a surveyor and found to be in serviceable condition.
All sea cocks and skin fittings are bronze or stainless steel. All except the cockpit drains were renewed in 2014.
Shaft anode only.
The bilges were dry.
Substantial framing provides a strong structure.
Bronze partial floors add strength to the keel mounting. T
he keel bolts are in serviceable condition.
The mast is deck stepped and the structure appears sound.
The main bulkhead separating the saloon from the fwd cabin is sound.
The chain plates are in serviceable condition.
The chain locker is a compartment under the fwd berths.
Work Carried Out
The hull external was stripped off, seams routed out, re-caulked and payed.
The Keel stripped off and repainted.
Trim timbers removed, repaired, replaced where necessary (inc gunwales).
Full spec repainted and varnished.
Through Hull fittings (sea cocks) and echo sounder transducer replaced. Rudder fittings repaired and re-fitted.
Deck covering stripped off, re-scrimmed,
All trim timbers replaced where necessary, hatch and timbers repaired.
All completely re-sealed (although subsequently sealant replaced). Full spec repainted and varnished.
New Safety Staunchions remounted and guard wires replaced.
Mast and Boom stripped off, in-mast electrics revises undertaken (VHF and lights), new fittings and aerial, all rigging fully checked, umpteen coat varnished... Some running rigging replaced.
New anchor and deck-mount pad. New chain
Genoa overhauled and a new 'Sacrificial Strip' fitted.
New engine fitted
Gas cooker fitted
The mast is made from pine and was recently stepped for maintenance. The boat carries a sloop rig with foresail rigged with roller reefing. She has single spreaders and a continuous rig. The boom and gooseneck are in serviceable condition. The mast is deck stepped.
The standing rigging was renewed 5 years ago.
The running rigging appears in serviceable condition
Main sail – observed, new 2014.
Genoa – observed, good condition All in serviceable condition
New 25 HP three cylinder Z-Eng MP 437 Marine Engine. This engine pushes her at about 6 knots and uses about a litre of diesel an hour at 1500 rpm. For more information go to - http://tiny.cc/w8ug8x
Stern Gear & Steering
The three bladed propeller is direct shaft driven from the gearbox. The stainless steel shaft passes through a water lubricated cutlass bearing in the skeg. The propeller appears in serviceable condition. The mechanical seal type stern gland appears in serviceable condition. Steering is accomplished from the tiller direct to the rudder stock. All items appeared in serviceable condition
The fuel tank is made of plastic and sits above the engine. The hoses are satisfactory. Renewed all the fuel hoses, overhauled the pre filter and fitted an isolating valve from the fuel tank that can reached from the cockpit.
One battery for engine starting. One battery for services. The batteries are secured by straps which need tensioning. The batteries can be isolated by a switch. All items in serviceable condition.
One engine driven alternator.
Switches and Fuses
A 12 volt panel is located above the navigation table with every circuit identified.
Fuel - 30 ltrs
Water - new system going in - 50 ltrs
The deck is substantially constructed from marine ply and laminated.
Structurally there appeared to be no stress cracking around the mast or main deck fittings
The deck is painted white and free from damage
All stanchions have been removed and repaired.
New safety wires
The cockpit is enclosed all round and secure. The drains are adequate. The tiller, morse, engine controls, instrumentation are in serviceable condition.
6.3 Transom and Cockpit lockers
The fuel tank sits in the starboard locker together with a battery.
The transom contains the exhaust outlet
Windlass, manual– serviceable
New 1 x 25 lb Delta with 40m of 8mm chain
Navigation Lights, Sound and Shapes Fog horn observed
VHF DSC Radio Handheld VHF
Magnetic steering compass
Hand bearing compass
Bilge Pumping Manual bilge pump located in the cockpit Electric bilge pump
Domestic extinguishers 2 x 1kg dry powder fire extinguishers
4 man– expiry 2017
Man overboard Horseshoes with light
First Aid Kit
Pyrotechnics Expiry 2018
The interior has been totally refurbished and repainted.
Mary Jo offers four berths, two in the main cabin (which make up into a double)
and two in the fore cabin.
Between the Main and Fore cabin are the heads and a wet locker.
There is a very good chart table and a small galley.
Gas Cooker with cylinder in locker in stern
Fresh water from the tanks is led via a pump to the galley sink and heads handbasin / shower. Jabsco sea toilet.
Mary Josephine (or Mary Jo to all who know her) is a classic Wanderer - sometimes known as the classic classic. Made famous by the journeys of the Hiscocks in the 1960s. Mary Jo has been around the world twice under her previous owner and is never happier than when the wind gets up, she is a forgiving and easy sail. The only downside is when you first get into a marina every one wants to talk about her! Sadly her owner has to sell her for health reasons. She is currently moored in a small harbour near Faro for 60 euros a month and this berth may be available if you wish to keep it. She is looked after in a boat yard close by who are wood specialist. Cheap? Well the cost of new anti foul Feb 2016 was150 euros which is why the owner chose it, plus the great sailing!