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Laurent Giles 72


  • Name: Star Sapphire
  • Material: Wood
  • Flag: British
  • Length: 22.2 M
  • Beam: 5.1 M
  • Depth: 2.4 M


Laurent Giles 72

General information (Laurent Giles 72)

  • Brand/type: Laurent Giles 72 motor-sailor
  • Name: Star Sapphire
  • Yard: Cantiere Naval V Beltrami, Genoa
  • Designer:Laurent Giles and Partners
  • Year: 1957
  • Engine: Yanmar 4LHA-DTP Diesel 200hp (2006)
  • Construction: Teak planking below waterline and mahogany topsides
  • Length over all: 22.20m
  • Length waterline: 15.24m
  • Beam: 5.10m
  • Draft: 2.40m
  • Weight empty: Approx 35 tons
  • Location: Near La Spezia, Italy
  • Price: € 700.000, –
  • VAT-status: VAT not paid
  • Flag: British

Until Laurent Giles’s concept of the motor sailor, such vessels had compromised on motoring or sailing, typically with poor manoeuvrability and poor sailing qualities other than in strong winds, so usually requiring engine-on when under sail. It was Laurent Giles who achieved the perfect blend of racing yacht hull profile with the motor vessel superstructure – notably with a raised bridge.

Well provided with power when the need arises, STAR SAPPHIRE moreover carries 2,000 square feet of sail to a very efficient design. In practice she offers the stability and comfort of a sailing boat yet the predictability of schedule under engine.

Following a substantial refit 2005 to 2006 under the guidance of her meticulous owner, this yacht is absolutely optimized for Mediterranean cruising – and the sometimes the lack of wind there and a boat like this can make you a passionate motor sailor.

Refit 2003 – 2005 (Laurent Giles 72)

  • Extensive “back to bones” restoration
  • 35 % of the planking renewed
  • New deck
  • Trunk cabin / coach lifted off and re worked
  • All interior joinery replaced – in teak
  • All systems renewed

History (Laurent Giles 72)

STAR SAPPHIRE was designed by Jack Laurent Giles and built at Beltrami shipyard in Genoa.

From 2003 to 2005 the current owner has extensively refitted STAR SAPPHIRE. The refit was carried out by Classic Works at La Ciotat and finished at Cantieri Tomei in Viareggio.

Construction (Laurent Giles 72)

  • Massive steel backbone with integral massive baffled steel tank; oil filled and sealed
  • Teak planking below waterline
  • Mahogany planking topsides
  • Hardwood frames
  • Alternate steel web frames and wrought iron floors on each frame and timber all through the boat.
  • Aluminium superstructure
  • Yacht laid teak decks
  • Varnished king plank

Deck layout equipment & ground tackle (Laurent Giles 72)

From aft

  • Passerelle/boarding ladder
  • Chromed fairleads each side
  • Ensign staff, stern light and shore power connection integral
  • Stanchions and guard rails running forward
  • Chromed mooring bollards each side
  • Varnished lazarette hatch offset to starboard
  • Teak and bronze cleat on centreline
  • 2 x Anderson stainless steel ST winches electric port side manual starboard
  • MOB Jon buoy starboard side
  • Emergency steering on king plank
  • Mizzen mast and boom
  • All ash blocks by Spencer
  • Andersen halyard winch on mizzen mast
  • Step up to deck seating
  • Coamings rising to bridge
  • Cushioned bench seating each side
  • Varnished teak lockers forward each side; deck fridge to port
  • Grated teak cockpit table low for drinks and sailing, lifts with attachable wings for dining seats
  • Butterfly hatch skylight under table
  • Laurent Giles backstay levers outboard
  • Helmsman’s swivel seat
  • Helm wheel and engine controls
  • Coaming and dodger with extension covering cockpit with opening windows forward
  • Trunk cabin with side windows and handrails each side of coach roof
  • 4 x Dorade vents and skylights on lower trunk cabin forward by mast
  • Andersen main mast and halyard winches in teak grating surround
  • 2 x Andersen Chromed ST winches on trunk forward
  • Raised varnished teak skylight teak and bronze mooring cleats outboard each side
  • Large Raised varnished teak fore hatch
  • 2 x Dorade vents and skylight forward
  • 4 x Deck prisms each side
  • Dorade vent
  • Lofrans anchor windlass; twin drums
  • Chromed bollards each side
  • Inner forestay and staysail boom
  • Sampson post
  • Roller reefing forestay
  • Bow roller
  • Stainless steel 316 Ultra anchor 45kg with 100 m x 14 mm chain
  • The pulpit – evident in the sailing pictures – is no longer fitted

Accommodation & domestic equipment (Laurent Giles 72)

Deck saloon

  • Large windows to side and forward; aft windows opening
  • Generous cabin lighting over and to sides
  • L-shaped seating from aft to port side
  • Folding demountable dining table
  • Bookshelves and lockers forward
  • Bench seat to stardboard
  • Massive stowage under and behind the sofas
  • Drinks bar to port
  • Companionway steps down to forward guest accommodation

Guest cabin to port

  • 2 x Single up and over berths, drawers under
  • Dressing table
  • Skylight in deck head

Shared en-suite head compartment to starboard

  • Auto WC
  • Wash basin in worktop
  • Mixer tap and shower
  • Lockers
  • Deck head light

Guest cabin to starboard

  • 2 x Single up and over berths, drawers under
  • Dressing table
  • Skylight in deck head


  • Double sink in stainless steel worktop
  • Extractor hood over cooker
  • Large Frigoboat freezer
  • Large Frigoboat fridge
  • Alpes Inox 4 burner hob and oven
  • Generous stowage above, below and outboard

Crew accommodation forward

  • 2 x Raised single berths giving maximum stowage
  • En-suite head compartment
  • Access to fore deck
  • Spinnaker in sock stowed behind the stairs
  • Coming aft by the mast and steps up into the deck saloon
  • Through deck saloon
  • Companionway steps down aft

Navigation station on left to starboard

  • Chart table / desk with stowage under
  • Master electric panel
  • Navigation instruments
  • Drawers under Bookshelves to side over

Owners cabin

  • Skylight and lights over
  • Double berth to starboard
  • Drawers under
  • Integral dressing table aft with drawers
  • Bookshelves, alcove and cupboards aft
  • Single berth with drawer under to port
  • Bench seating inboard

En suite head forward to port

  • Auto WC
  • Ceramic wash basin in worktop with mixer tap
  • Cupboard under
  • Mirrored lockers over

Shower compartment

  • Mixer shower head
  • Sealed sole
  • Full length mirror

Rig, spars, sails and canvas (Laurent Giles 72)

Ketch cutter rig

  • Main mast stepped on steel tank over backbone
  • Stainless steel standing rigging
  • Mixed running rigging
  • Ash cheeked blocks by Spencer blocks

All sails by Ratsey and Lapthorn

  • Main sail
  • Boomed staysail
  • Gennaker
  • Mizzen sail
  • High cut Yankee


  • Mast to mast awning
  • Awning for forward companionway

Mechanical electrical and tankage (Laurent Giles 72)

  • Yanmar 4LHA-DTP Diesel (2006) with approximately 5,500 hrs (Oct 2016)
  • ZF Marine gearbox
  • Shaft drive
  • Speed 7/8 Knots
  • Range c 800 nm
  • Northern Lights M843JK 10 kW generator c 5,650 hrs Oct 2016
  • 24V and 240 V electrics
  • 220V shore power
  • 8 x 201Ah gel domestic batteries
  • 2 x 143Ah gel engine start batteries
  • 1 x 120Ah gen start battery
  • Gianeschi & Ramaccioti Jet 518 B fresh water pump
  • Frigoboat compressors for fridge and freezer
  • 308 gallons/1.400 litres fuel
  • 220 gallons/1.000 litres fresh water
  • 2 x Large tanks in gas locker

Navigation, communications and electronics (Laurent Giles 72)

  • Sestrel steering compass at helm position
  • Furuno chart plotter / radar
  • B&G Hydra 2000 FFD at navigation station
  • B&G Hydra 2000 FFD in crew cabin
  • B&G analogue instruments at helm
  • B&G autopilot
  • Furuno weather fax plotter
  • Icom SSB
  • VHF Fixed helm standard
  • Icom Fixed VHF
  • Icom hand held VHF


  • Samsung 22 inch flat-screen TV concealed
  • Bose stereo/CD/DVD surround sound in saloon and cockpit speakers
  • Sony car stereo in owners cabin
  • Sony car stereo in crew accommodation

Safety (Laurent Giles 72)

  • Gianeschi & Ramaccioti ACM 311BT main bilge and fire pump
  • Gianeschi & Ramaccioti
  • ACR Global Fix EPIRB
  • Handheld throwing line
  • Ocean Safety jon-buoy MOB recovery
  • 2 x Horse shoe life rings
  • Fire hose
  • All systems renewed

Other Equipment (Laurent Giles 72)

  • Swim ladder for starboard side and deck shower
  • Zodiac Cadet 325 Fast Roller dinghy
  • Honda 2.3 HP outboard
  • Suzuki 15 HP outboard

Exclusions (Laurent Giles 72)

  • A complete list of exclusions is available on request.


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not part of any contract or offer and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through PJ-Yachting who is acting as broker only.

The prospective purchaser is recommended to check the particulars and, where appropriate (and at his own expense) to employ a qualified surveyor/engineer to carry out structural and/or mechanical and electrical surveys.

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