John Laurent Giles
John ('Jack') Laurent Giles (1901-1969) was a famous yacht designer . He and his company designed more than 1000 boats from cruises, racing yachts to "magayachts". He is best known for his design of displacement sailing yachts like the famous 7.6 meter Vertue of which 230 boats made, or Wanderer III. His famous Myth of Malham a revolutionary small displacement, 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 separate from the of the keel which heralded the arrival of the modern period of yacht design.
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..
He was awarded the honour of Royal Designer for Industry in 1951.
- Adrian Lee, Ruby Philpott , Laurent Giles: Evolution of Yacht Design, Adlard Coles Nautical (3 Jan 1991), ISBN 0713633220
- Adrian Lee, Ruby Philpott Laurent Giles & His Yacht Designs International Marine Pub, 1990 ISBN 0877422850, 9780877422853
- John Vigor, The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge, McGraw-Hill Professional, 1994 ISBN 0070674752, 9780070674752