17th October 2022
We went to Titchmarsh to drop off our box trailer yesterday and went for a tour of inspection of the yachts. The dog wasn’t too thrilled by this activity but it kept me happy. We spotted two Vertues. As we had seen Merganser before I have tagged some updated information to my previous post.
Hussar is Vertue V21 built by Elkins in 1949 in mahogany on oak frames with a lead keel. I have a feeling I have met the yacht before in Coombes Boatyard in Bosham and for some reason I think it was owned by the British Ambassador to Greece but I could just be imagining this. The boat looks in good sailing order and hopefully I will bump into the owner some time soon.
By the way, to see other Vertues just enter “New Vertue Spotted” in the search box
Newsflash 18th October 2022
I had actually posted Hussar as being V14 because I had sloppily misread the “Blue Book”. I was quickly pulled up by Roger who runs the Vertue Yachts website:
“She is actually V21, and was, I believe, the first boat to be built with a ‘long’ cockpit (6′ rather than the standard 4’6″), and ‘short’ doghouse with single side window. You can usually check these sorts of details on VertueYachts.com. if I’m up to date with the descriptions.”
The Vertue Yachts website is the best resource for details about these wonderful yachts. Details of Hussar can be found here.
Newsflash 3rd December 2022
Philip Main, a Vertue owner himself has just sent me this information regarding Hussar:
“Just popped to your blog; Hussar used to be owned by a friend of my mum’s, Roger Shilton, he made me the tillers which I have for Corinna today (I asked for one he made me two, because he wasn’t happy with the first, they both are great.) Hussar was based at Faversham for a time when I went aboard, probably 20 years ago….. My original tiller snapped off about 6’’ from the rudder stock halfway across the channel, it meant I had to correctly trim the sails for to get back into to Dover harbour, I used to love sailing through the Western entrance, much safer than starting the engine as the DHB instructions say.”