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1952 Laurent Giles Cutter

Mystic, Connecticut


Located in a boat shed at a marina in Mystic, Connecticut, the Bermuda cutter Rose of York fulfills her description as a "powerful cruising yacht of character." Built in 1952 in Arklow, Ireland by John Tyrrell and Sons and designed by Laurent Giles and Partners of Lymington, England. She has been well maintained and meticulously cared for throughout her life, and is in excellent condition and form this season.  The current owner  has rebuilt her step by step and has made a point of performing preventive maintenance throughout his tenure of the last 48 years. Powered by 40HP Yanmar (new 2004, and less than 40 hours), garboards recently replaced (2018) and other structural issues taken care of from replaced laminated oak frames, refastening to new iron floors.  Well appointed above and below decks including Raymarine autopilot and other navigational instruments. 

Rose of York is a true bluewater yacht with established pedigree, having made numerous long passages including three transatlantic crossings.  She presents herself as an impressive example of a classic wooden yacht. Rose of York is thoroughly ready and equipped to cruise anywhere. 

Priced to sell. New rudder spring 2023. With deadwood replacement, soda blasting and repainting bottom and topsides she will be made ready to go in style once launched

Basic Boat Info

Make: Laurent Giles
Model: Cutter
Year: 1952
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Wood
Boat Hull ID: US292891
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 38 ft
Length Overall: 38'4 ft
Waterline Length: 27 ft
Beam: 9'1 ft
Min Draft: 6 ft


Fuel Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 60 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 10 gal


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Cruisers, Antique And Classics


Howard Taylor
Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales, LLC


Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales LLC
83 Windward Lane
Bristol, RI, US, 02809
Tel:1-855-AHOYMATE (1-855-246-9628)

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Rose of York is an eleven ton Bermuda cutter built for Colonel Norman Birch by John Tyrrell and Sons of Arklow, Ireland in 1952 (hull 259 built at that yard). She was designed by Laurent Giles and Partners, Lymington, England. Giles was one of the most  influential yacht designers of the 20th century and the naval architect firm he founded continue his legacy into the 21st.

With a 27ft LWL Rose of York is an evolution of the Channel class and series of yachts. Straightforward, sound construction. Frames, stem, stern timbers are laminated white oak. The floors are iron (1990). Larch planking. Deck beams are oak and larch, deck is fiberglass epoxy over pine. Bulwarks are iroko. 

The keel is iron. Stainless steel keel bolts replaced in 2009.

Rose of York has taken several experienced owners and crew on passages across the Atlantic, up and down the Eastern seaboard of the US, to Bahamas and to the Caribbean with safety and thoroughly seaworthy abilities.

Accommodations and layout

Accommodation is well conceived throughout with sleeping for five in comfort. The fore peak contains two ample berths port and starboard, with stowage beneath. Ambient light and ventilation provided by overhead hatch opening port and two fixed ports. Abaft the forward cabin and to starboard is the head with on the port side opposite hanging locker and dresser. Leading aft from the vestibule is the main saloon with blue upholstered settees/berths port and starboard. Shelving, bookcases, and cupboards outboard. There is a just starboard of centerline oak folding table. Rose of York has a coal fired stove with Charley noble adjacent to mast with Dutch tiles providing a heat shield.  The main saloon has a headroom of 6 feet. Sole is teak and holly with a teak grating in the galley. There are 12 volt dome and reading lights, and also oil lamps. 

The doghouse was an innovative feature for family cruising yachts in the 1950's and in Rose of York this is success in terms of design, accommodation and headroom (particularly in the galley with 6'6" of headroom).

The galley is to port with 3 burner propane stove and oven. There are shelves and cubbies outboard for pantry items and dinner ware. The stainless steel sink has hot and cold pressured water and foot pump. On the starboard side opposite is 120 volt refrigerator. Counter tops are formica. There is a pilot berth starboard. The engine can be accessed at the companionway steps.

The companionway leads up to the bridge deck and a deep cockpit with raw teak grating and varnished teak seats. For stowage there are lockers port and starboard and at the helm, with a lazerette on the after deck. 


Sails and Rigging

The ample foredeck space allows Rose of York to be sailed as a cutter. For light weather conditions she can be set with a single masthead genoa. Sail area 627 sq feet. Rose of York is a comfortable and fast family cruiser, dry in a seaway, has an easy motion and is a "joy to handle under any conditions."

  • Spruce mast and booms (keel stepped on iroko step). The mast was reworked by McDonald's Yacht Rigging in the 1970s.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging.
  • Running backstays.
  • Mainsail, fore stay sail, jib and spinnaker (Clark Sails, 1995)
  • Jib on Harken roller furling, fore staysail hanked on.
  • Fore stay sail traveller
  • Two Barient #22 self-tailing primary winches (jib sheets)
  • Two Barient #19 self-tailing secondary winches
  • Halyard winches on mast
  • Shaeffer blocks and genoa track.
  • Cunningham
  • Boom vang
  • Spinnaker poles
  • Winch handles.
  • Royal Blue Sunbrella dodger and sail covers.
  • Sunbrella Spinnaker pole cover.
  • Custom made jack lines 
Electronics and navigation
  • Raymarine Autopilot
  • B&G anemometer and Speed
  • Raymarine depthmeter
  • Standard VHF radio
  • Constellation compass (in cockpit)
  • Wilfrid White and Sons compass (in forward cabin)
  • Windex
  • Ship's bell
  • Running and masthead nav lights.
  • Code flags
  • Boston chronometer and barometer. 
  • CD player/FM radio with cabin and cockpit speakers
  • 12v DC and 120 AC systems
  • 12v house and engine batteries.
  • Xantrex Freedom HF1800 inverter
  • 12 volt cabin lights
  • Engine room light
  • Spreader lights
  • 120 volt sockets in cabins 
  • Electrical panel and battery switch
  • Battery charger
  • Shorepower cord
  • Rule bilge pump
  • Solar panel
  • Search light
  • Refrigerator. 
Engine and mechanical details
  • 3JH3 E (40 HP) 2004 Yanmar diesel, with less than 400 hours.
  • Fuel gauges for both fuel tanks (7 and 9 gallons).
  • Tiller steering 
Deck equipment and sundries
  • Stainless steel bowsprit
  • Stainless steel taff rail
  • Double life lines, with gates port and starboard.
  • Stainless stell stanchions
  • 22kg plough bower anchor with chain leader and nylon rode
  • 20 kg Bruce kedge anchor with chain leader and nylon rode.
  • Stainless steel fishing rod holders port and starboard aft rail
  • Fishing seat/stool on aft deck
  • Four bronze dorades
  • Authentic teak cleats with metal bollards.
  • Wooden slated rope swim ladder.
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Force 10 barbecue mounted on stern rail.
  • Fenders and dock lines
  • Two fire extinguishers in main cabin and galley.
  • First aid kit.
  • Lifejackets and throw cushions.
  • Flares
  • Flare storage bottle
  • Two custom life rings 

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Additional Contact Information
Please call Howard Taylor at 860 884 9924 to schedule a viewing. Thank you
Rudders and Moorings LLC, Stonington Connecticut Office.