Category Archives: Motor yachts and boats

Mobile boat repairer Simon Papendick gets to work on a Yorkshire coble

Yorkshire coble

Simon Papendick, otherwise known as the mobile boat maintenance and repair service J-Star Boat Services, is in Yorkshire and getting down to work on a coble in need of some TLC, and is weblogging the job.

Apart from anything else, it provides some interesting views of the structure of these fascinating craft.

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.