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Clinker plans and boatbuilding

HJ Mears & Son of Seaton complete Tarka

Here are some recent photos of Tarka, the latest project from HJ Mears & Son Boat Builders of Seaton in Devon, taken just before she was due to go down the slip before going into winter storage.

Alex Mears comments:

‘The owner’s comments about her featured the word “sharp” a lot – and we were pleased with that. For us she’s been a joy to build.

‘The owner even had an offer from a chap to buy her the other day – we could not undertake to build another one due to our busy work schedule into next summer – but understandably he said no.

‘Our next commission is a commercial fishing boat for a local single-handed fisherman. Hope you like the photos – they say a lot more than words ever will!’

The photos do say much. I love the way everyone turned out to have their photo taken with the new boat!

For more posts from Alex Mears, click here.

An outstanding new build from traditional boat builder Nick Smith

Introducing… boat builder Nick Smith’s latest head-turning build, Isla, a motor launch with a strikingly harmonious cuddy.

For comparison, some of these shots also show the 16ft Mona Louise, which came out of the workshop back in July.

Next time you find yourself saying ‘they don’t make ‘em like that anymore’ – well, some do. Thanks for the photos fella!

Contact Salcombe-trained Nick via his website.

eBay: 9ft clinker rowing or sailing dinghy or tender; hull complete, inside to finish

This little dinghy is up for auction on eBay, and is being sold by  the folding, sectional and inflatable dinghy specialist supplier Nestaway, which is run by Ian Thomson.

My thanks to Nic Compton for passing this one along via his Facebook account.