The Gallant 53 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Gallant 53 is a classic sailing yacht that was designed by the renowned Dutch naval architect E. G. van de Stadt and built by the British shipyards Tyler Boat Co. Ltd. and Southern Ocean Shipyard Ltd between 1966 and 1973.

It is a large, sturdy, and elegant vessel that combines performance, comfort, and seaworthiness. It was one of the first series-built fibreglass yachts in the world, and it has a rich history of sailing adventures, including a solo circumnavigation by Dame Naomi James in 1977. The Gallant 53 is a rare and sought-after boat that appeals to sailors who appreciate quality, tradition, and style.

'Gallavanter', a Gallant 53 sailboat laid up ashore in Carriacou in the West Indies'Gallavanter', a Gallant 53

Published Specification for the Gallant 53

Underwater Profile: Fin keel and spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 53'2" (16.2m)

Waterline Length: 38'9" (11.8m)

Beam: 13'1" (4.0m)

Draft: 7'4" (2.2m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop, although the one in the pic ('Gallavanter') looks as though it's had a staysail fitted

Displacement: 40,000lb (18,144kg)

Designer: E. G. van de Stadt

Builder: Southern Ocean Shipyards Ltd (UK)

Year First Built: 1966

Year Last Built: 1973

Number Built: 22


Published Design Ratios for the Gallant 53

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 13.3

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 30.0

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 307

4. Comfort Ratio: 46.7

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.5

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For Curious Cruisers...

Based on the published Design Ratios for the Gallant 53, how would you expect the boat to perform under sail?

Based on these ratios, we can expect the Gallant 53 to perform well under sail, especially in moderate to heavy winds and seas.

  • The Sail Area/Displacement Ratio indicates that the boat has enough sail area to move well in light winds, but not too much to be overpowered in strong winds;
  • The Ballast/Displacement Ratio indicates that the boat has enough ballast to keep it stable and stiff, but not too much to make it heavy and sluggish;
  • The Displacement/Length Ratio indicates that the boat has a moderate displacement that gives it a good balance between speed and comfort;
  • The Comfort Ratio indicates that the boat has a high level of comfort and safety for long-distance cruising, but not too high to compromise its performance;
  • The Capsize Screening Formula indicates that the boat has a low risk of capsizing in rough weather, but not too low to make it dull and slow.

Is the Gallant 53 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

  • No, the Gallant 53 is not in production anymore. Production ended in 1973 after 22 units were built.

What, if any, alternative versions of the Gallant 53 were built?

  • There were two main versions of the Gallant 53: a centre cockpit version and an aft cockpit version. The centre cockpit version had a larger aft cabin with an en suite head, while the aft cockpit version had a smaller aft cabin with a separate head. Both versions had a spacious saloon, a galley, a navigation station, and a forward cabin with a head. Some boats were also built as ketches instead of sloops.

How did the sailing press review the Gallant 53?

  • The sailing press generally praised the Gallant 53 for its quality, design, and performance. For example, Sail magazine described it as "a superbly built boat with excellent sailing characteristics" in its review in 1970. Yachting World magazine also called it "a magnificent yacht" in its review in 1972.

What do owners of the Gallant 53 have to say about their boats?

  • Owners of the Gallant 53 are usually very satisfied with their boats and often share their stories and experiences on various websites and forums. For example, one owner wrote: "She is a joy to sail, fast and stable, and handles well in all conditions. She is also very comfortable and spacious inside, with plenty of storage and amenities. She is a classic beauty that turns heads wherever she goes". Another owner said: "She is a fantastic boat that has taken us to many wonderful places around the world. She is strong, reliable, and easy to maintain. She is also very elegant and graceful on the water. She is our dream boat".

What is the history of the builders of the Gallant 53 and is the company still in business?

  • The builders of the Gallant 53 were Tyler Boat Co. Ltd. and Southern Ocean Shipyard Ltd., both based in Poole, England. Tyler Boat Co. Ltd. was founded in 1958 by John Tyler, who pioneered the use of fibreglass in boat building. Southern Ocean Shipyard Ltd. was founded in 1964 by John Illingworth, who was a famous sailor and designer. Both companies collaborated with E. G. van de Stadt to produce several models of yachts, including the Gallant 53. However, both companies ceased operations in the late 1970s due to financial difficulties.

How many people can sleep on board a Gallant 53?

  • The Gallant 53 can sleep up to six people on board comfortably. The centre cockpit version has a double berth in the aft cabin, two single berths in the saloon, and two single berths in the forward cabin. The aft cockpit version has a double berth or two single berths in the aft cabin, two single berths in the saloon, and two single berths or one double berth in the forward cabin.

What sailplan and rig options, if any, are available for the Gallant 53?

  • The Gallant 53 has a masthead sloop or ketch rig option. The sloop rig has a single mast with a mainsail and a headsail (usually a genoa or jib), while the ketch rig has two masts with a mainsail, a mizzen sail, and a headsail (usually a genoa or jib). The sloop rig offers more speed and simplicity, while the ketch rig offers more balance and versatility.

What is the difference between the standard version and the optional version of the Gallant 53?

  • The standard version of the Gallant 53 is the original design that was intended for private use by the owner and his or her family and friends. The optional version of the Gallant 53 is a modified design that was intended for commercial use by charter companies and their clients. The main difference between the two versions is the layout of the interior accommodation. The standard version has a larger aft cabin with an en suite head, while the optional version has a smaller aft cabin with a separate head. The optional version also has more berths and heads in the forward cabin and the saloon, to accommodate more guests.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Gallant 53?

  • The average cost of a secondhand Gallant 53 varies depending on the condition, age, equipment, and location of the boat. However, based on some recent listings on various websites, we can estimate that the average cost ranges from around £150,000 to £200,000.

What other sailboats have been created by the designer of the Gallant 53?
The designer of the Gallant 53 is E. G. van de Stadt, who was one of the most influential and prolific naval architects of the 20th century. He created hundreds of sailboats for various builders and clients around the world. Some of his most famous designs include:

  • Dehler Optima: A series of fast and agile racing-cruising boats that were very popular in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s;
  • Trintella: A series of elegant and comfortable cruising boats that were built by Anne Wever Shipyard in the Netherlands from 1963 to 1998;
  • Stormvogel: A legendary maxi yacht that won many prestigious races and circumnavigated the globe twice in the 1960s and 1970s;
  • Valk: A simple and affordable open sailboat that was designed for the Bruynzeel company to demonstrate the possibilities of their new product "hechthout" (a type of plywood) in 1939. The Valk has been a resounding success over many years and is probably the most popular open sailboat on Dutch waters;
  • Ocean: A range of seaworthy and spacious cruising boats that were built by Tyler Boat Co. Ltd. and Southern Ocean Shipyard Ltd. in England from 1971 to 1980;
  • Winner: A line of modern and high-performance sailing yachts that are still in production today by Winner Yachts in the Netherlands.

These are just some examples of the many sailboats that have been created by E. G. van de Stadt. He was a pioneer of yacht design who introduced many innovations, such as the wing section fin keel, the balanced spade rudder, the first series production fibreglass yacht, and the first maxi yacht. He was also a successful sailor who participated in the Olympic Games and many offshore races. He was a visionary who shaped the history and future of sailing.

The above text was drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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