(ex Florence Rose, Gai Tess)

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The Bermudan Sloop built in 1964 to Alan Buchanan's Prior 37 Design

Florence Rose
Libertine in Penarth, Cardiff where she was stationed
as Florence Rose between 2015 and 2018


Libertine : Enthusiastic New Owner
Graham Watson has been in touch to say that he is the new owner of Florence Rose, previously called Gai Tess, and now being renamed Libertine. Graham tells me that; “Libertine is currently being repaired by Rolt's boatyard in Bristol and will then be taken to Gibraltar, from where I will sail her to Ventimiglia next year, which will then be her home port.”
Other boats built to Alan Buchanan's Prior 37 design include Blue Saluki, Malouine, Caressa and Sixpence. There is thought to be others, yet to be confirmed; Beth-a-Belle, Le Renard.

Name Plate

Libertine Statistics
Built : 1964 by RJ Prior & Son in Burnham-on-Crouch, England
LOA : 36' 8"
LWL : 26' 6"
Beam : 9' 9"
Draught : 6' 0"
Displacement : 12 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 305924
Signal Letters : MNJN
Sail : N° 1957, 295 C

Libertine Custodians & Home Ports
Graham Watson (2018...) Penarth Marina, Cardiff, Wales 
Captain AD Houston & Dr EA Houston (1969-1980-?) Gourock, River Clyde, Scotland
Major W Ian E Shaw (1964-1968) Dinard, Brittany, France

Libertine Links
• None Found (September 2018)

Page last updated : September 2018


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