Cresta of Wight

Vessel Name

Cresta of Wight

Vessel Type

Sailing Yacht

Vessel Price


Short Description


Laurent Giles Normandy NY20, 1963

Design no. 456. Sail no. NY20.  

Laurent Giles Normandy design (a slightly larger sister to the Vertue class), built  by Alan Coombes of Bembridge, Isle of  Wight to a high standard for Lord Brabazon of Tara.  About 50 of these very comfortable and capable yachts were built by various yards, mostly in the 1960s.  A few are still sailing and this is an opportunity to acquire a classic from a world renowned designer.



Sleeps 4 in two cabins - two in main cabin and two in fore cabin.  Main cabin settee berths run into trotter boxes under cooker shelf and forward.  Excellent headroom in main cabin (current owner is 6’3” and can stand upright).  Lockers and shelves at seat backs and storage space under berths and beneath sink.  LED lighting and gimbal mounted paraffin lamp.

Shelf each side of cabin entrance steps.  Origo 3000 gimballed two burner meths cooker on starboard shelf with drawer beneath.  Sink and drainer on port shelf.  Hand pump from 50 litre flexible water tank under port berth.  Sink drains outboard with bilge pump outlet. 

Saloon table hinged on heads door to stow out of way. Blakes two piston sea toilet – not used for last three years and requires overhaul.

Construction & Build

Conventional long keel design and timber construction • Teak planking over oak frames • Hull was Cascover sheathed from new which has maintained the timber in excellent condition • Cast lead keel • Sheathed ply deck • Self draining cockpit with teak gratings.

Sails and spars

A fractional Bermudian rigged sloop rig with stainless steel standing rigging • Varnished spruce mast and boom stepped on coach roof deck • Single spreaders and jumpers above • Outer forestay to mast cap, inner forestay to jumper struts • Twin backstays • Twin lower shrouds and cap shroud • Twin mast halyard winches • Mainsheet to horse over tiller • Jam cleat on lower block. Approx 350 sqftsailplan • Sails • • mainsail and spare old mainsail. • genoa with rope luff and old spare genoa • working jib with wire luff • small jib with wire luff • Pair of cockpit sheet winches.

Gear and safety

Mast mounted radar reflector • CQR anchor • Heavy oak Samson post for mooring lines on foredeck • Twin chain roller galvanised stemhead and twin bow fairleads • • 2 bronze manual bilge pumps in cockpit stern locker • Rule 25S 500gph 12v bilge pump • Mahogany boarding ladder • 25lb CQR anchor attached to 20 fathom chain • 18lb Danforth anchor and spare 20 fathom chain • short and long boathook • various spares, paints, crockery etc. • 50 litre flexible water tank • various warps and fenders


Yanmar 1GM (Not operational) • Centre mounted to two blade prop • 12 litre fuel tank • Two 12 volt batteries (one new 2014, one new 2017) • 30 watt solar charger.


Bulkhead mounted compass starboard side of cabin entrance • Garmin 72 handheld GPS with mount on port side of cabin entrance and lead to VHS • Standard Horizon GX1300E 25w Marine VHF transceiver mounted just inside cabin entrance. • SimradTillerpilot • Barometer mounted on cabin bulkhead


27’9” overall • 7’9” beam • 4’3” draught.

General Comments

6 owners to date, mostly around the Solent area.  Current owner since 2012 selling to swap to a smaller dayboat for sailing around the Tamar estuary.  A great opportunity to acquire a lovely classic boat from a world renowned designer.

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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 / equipment. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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