Laurent Giles Huon Pine Sloop


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. 

About the Designer:

John ('Jack') Laurent Giles (1901–1969) was a British naval architect who was particularly famous for his sailing yachts.[1][2] He and his company, Laurent Giles Naval Architects, designed more than 1000 boats from cruisers and racing yachts to megayachts.

Notable examples of Laurent Giles' work include the famous 25-foot (7.6 m) Vertue (sail numbers suggest that some 230 of these have been made), Wanderer III,[3] the 30' sloop in which Eric and Susan Hiscock circumnavigated, and the race-winning Gulvain, the first ocean racing yacht to be made from an aluminum alloy.

His famous Myth of Malham, a revolutionary small displacement yacht for John Illingworth, was inspired by developments in aeronautics; the novel design helped win the Fastnet race in 1947 and 1949. The updated Miranda IV of 1951 had a rudder mounted separately from the aft of the keel (a 'spade rudder') which heralded the arrival of the modern period of yacht design. (It Is interesting to not that Miranda Iv is very close in design to Patsy of Island Bay.)

Laurent Giles described as part of his design philosophy that a yacht should have "the utmost docility and sureness of maneuvering at sea, in good or bad weather" - his boats were designed to maintain a steady course with minimal action by the helmsman but respond instantly to the helm if the need arose.[4]

He was awarded the honor of Royal Designer for Industry in 1951.

About the builder:

Muirs Boat Yard played a huge part in Tasmania’s maritime history. Shipwright and boat building legend, Jock Muir, established Muirs Boat Yard in 1948, after relocating his business from King Street in Sandy Bay.

Jock and his small band of shipwrights designed and built the famous cutter ‘Westward’ for well-known Hobart business man George Gibson. Westward took out handicap honors in both the 1947 and 1948 Sydney to Hobart yacht races with Jock as skipper.

At Muirs Boat Yard, Jock and his crew built more than 70 racing and cruising yachts, work boats, fishing vessels and sailing dinghies over a period of 40 years.

Muir Boat Yard ceased building wooden boats in the late 1970s. However, the slip yard continued on and at its peak was slipping more than 200 boats a year.  Shipwrights continued with repairs and fit outs on pleasure and commercial craft.

In the early 1980s Jock, with his sons, John and Ross, agreed to convert the large Muir boat shed into a two floor, versatile retail chandlery and marine service operation. In the same year they built a conjoined sail loft and rigging workshop, and put Muirs Boat Yard at the forefront as a ‘one-stop’ marine complex.

Jock continued on with his boat sales and kept an interested "weather eye" on the operations up until he retired in the mid-1970s

Muir Engineering was established by John Muir adjacent to the Boatyard in 1968. The expanding anchor winch operations of Muir Winches necessitated relocation to Kingston in 1977 and is one of the world's largest producers today.

What is Huon Pine:

The colony of Van Diemen's Land was only a few years old when explorers first found ancient tree trunks buried in the mud of a river south west of Hobart. They were intrigued by the fact that the logs had evidently been lying there for many years, but were intact, untouched by the rot and insects that normally decompose fallen timber. They speculated that this timber might be the solution to the previously intractable problems experienced by wooden boat builders - how to stop the voracious marine borer or screw worm. They were right; it turned out to be the best boat building timber in the world.

Because they were first found in the Huon River the trees were called Huon pines, but further explorations showed that this river is only the eastern extent of their range, and the wet temperate rainforests of the Gordon River and its tributaries are the centre of their distribution.
It was to exploit the rich stands of Huon pine growing nearby that Governor Sorell sent two ships and 200 convicts and guards to establish the penal settlement on Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour in 1822. In a process that, today, would be called 'value -adding', the settlement quickly developed into a boat building yard - the biggest in the British colonies at the time. They built 131 vessels in 12 years on Sarah Island, and the largest was even bigger than the cruise boats which now visit the island daily. It was 'green gold' - Huon pine - which drove this amazing enterprise.

Today Huon Pine is near impossible, or unbelievably expensive to procure. A yacht built of this timber is simply irreplaceable. 'Patsy' is built entirely of Huon Pine planking coper nailed and roved onto steam bent celery top frames. 

Hull and Deck:

Patsy's hull is painted white with a blue boot top and gold cove lines. The hull, paint and varnish present in beautiful condition, both on the topsides and on deck. A varnished teak capping is fitted to a low bulwark.Stanchions sit in beautiful bronze bases, and the the expensive use of heavy bronze, stainless steel and reinforced glass, all in perfect condition, show the consistent effort from her owners to maintain her classic fit-out.

The decks are teak, fastened over Masonite to sawn beams. teak and caulking are in good condition.

The cabin sides are solid teak construction, varnished and in very good condition. Varnished teak handrails are fitted. The cabin tops have been sheathed and painted,

The cockpit is well protected and consist of teak seats and coamings, also in very good condition. The cockpit is self-draining, with all valves, hoses and clamps in good condition.

A beautiful teak and stainless steel wheel sits on a stainless steel pedestal, with stainless steel wires running through bronze turning blocks to a bronze quadrant. Rudder stops are fitted.

The cockpit is large enough for 4 to 6 people to sit comfortably. Access to winches and sheets is easy, and the boat was fitted out to be sailed short handed if needed. Behind the cockpit is a beautiful custom teak seat with inside storage. Covers have been fitted to cover most of the varnish work and deck hardware. The winches, of more than adequate size for easy handling, are Barlow and Lewmar, self-tailing. The have also been fitted with protection covers.

Bellow Decks:

The interior joinery is of solid teak and joinery varnished and in very good condition. The sliding companionway hatch and storm boards are mounted on a bronze running strip for ease of handling and to preserve the timber. The storm boards are fitted with bronze vents. Storm boards and hatch are sound and watertight.

All the interior lights are in working condition, most are gold-plated to match the classic look of the boat and prevent tarnish.

The skylights, butterfly hatches and all deck openings are tight and in working condition.

The cabin sole is sound and without damage, and is protected with a custom designed high quality carpet.

The interior is free of mildew or smells.

The white walls, high gloss teak trimmings and abundance of natural light contribute to a classic but fresh and bright interior.  As a whole the interior presents in absolutely beautiful condition.

The cabinets feature lead -light glass doors. The settees are in rich burgundy leather color.

The lighting and other metal fittings are gold-plated. The sink is hand crafted of solid Huon pine.

There is a solid teak drop sided table for 6 below the butterfly hatch.

A stainless steel water tank is located below the saloon sole. Capacity 140L. 12 V pressure pump is located in the galley cupboard.

A well-insulated hot water tank is located below the cockpit. The water is heated by the heat exchanger running off the engine, or electrically when the boat is connected to shore power.


The engine was installed in 1997 and had a major overhaul in October 2016.

Bukh saltwater cooled three cylinder diesel engine. HP 38.

Engine is flexibly mounted on steel beds that appear well fastened to the hull.

Engine oil, gear box oil, controls, cables, belts, etc are all in good condition.

All maintenance records are available, and show regular maintenance by professionals.

The bronze stern gland is adjustable and attaches to the stern tube with hose and clamps.

The exhaust system consist of a flexible hose running through a GRP water-lock.

The fuel tanks are stainless steel located below the shower / toilet. Fuel capacity is 100L.

Batteries and electrical System:

Two maintenance free batteries are well secured in the starboard forward saloon settee.

A further two maintenance free batteries are well secured below the port quarter berth.

Battery isolator switches and a 600W inverter are fitted below the companionway.

The boat is fitted with shore power and runs on both 12V and 240V


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.