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Handsome 16ft Nick Smith West Country motor launch for sale

Louise is for sale – she’s one of Salcombe-trained traditional boat builder Nick Smith’s traditional motor launches, and is fitted with an 11hp Vetus.

She’s four years old but has only been used for two seasons, and Nick says she’s immacculate and effectively as new. She’s lying in Devon and I think she would be a great boat for families, for picnicking, fishing, watching wildlife and so on.

If you’re interested, ring Nick on 07827 644223.

1930s race winning gaff cutter Wanda for sale

The 37ft LOA 1930 Berthon-built race winning gaff cutter Wanda is for sale. She’s rigged as a gaff cutter.

In her earlier life was a well known RORC racer, and won the Channel race in the late 1930s. More recently, in the centenary RORC Cowes to Dinard race she came 5th in her class, and in the 2008 Round The Island race she came 4th in the gaff rig class.

For more information, click here.

Late 1930s Norfolk punt for sale

Norfolk punt for sale

Brian Pearson spotted this beautiful 1939 Herbert Woods-built Norfolk punt for sale on eBay.

At 22ft length over all, she is carvel-built and bears the number 43, and is named Curlew.

Curlew was owned and raced by Herbert Woods in 1943 and then sucessfully raced by many notable local sailors, so she has an interesting history – and in fact even has a tropy named after her. Read her history here.

The seller says he saved the boat along with another when they had to come out of barn storage at short notice, and there was a high chance that they would have been broken up and burnt, and intends to sell Curlew to someone who will get her back on the water where she belongs. I hope he’s successful!

Thanks Brian!

Broom Captain 9 for sale on eBay now

Broom Captain 9

Broom Captain 9 is for sale as a restoration project, due to family circumstances. Once done, though, the Broads motor cruiser would be magnificent! Find her on eBay.

My thanks to National Historic Ships for passing this one on.


Nick Smith builds a picarooner hull – and it’s for sale

We haven’t heard from Devonian boat builder Nick Smith for quite a while, so I was very pleased the other day when he sent over these photos of a carvel-built picarooner he built earlier this year, modelled on a boat from five decades before.

Here’s what he says about it:

‘Hi Gav,

‘My customer saw the old hull in Clovelly and wanted me to restore it. It was too far gone but in good fair shape, so I took five sections off the hull and transom, sweetened them up by eye, and didn’t need to reloft.

‘I think the origianl boat started out with a sailing rig, but latterly had an old style heavy diesel. I guess she was 50 of more years old.

‘I shan’t build another carvel boat in a hurry – the job really needs two good blokes and a boy, not one bloke – and planking took twice as long as the equivalent clinker-built boat.

‘Being 17ft 6in with a square bilge, it required a lot of internal hollowing of the planks.

‘This is the most carvel work I have done since being apprenticed – since then it’s been mostly replacing one or two planks or, occasionally, replanking one side following an accident in which a boat has been T-boned.

‘However 7/8in douglas fir is solid and strong, and will be great with a dipping lug and/or an old diesel thunker. It will be very sea worthy and stable.

‘Things didn’t work out as planned for the customer, and I have bought the picarooner from them. It’s now for sale, fitted out as the buyer wishes – if I fit her out I will likely fit deep bilge keels for stability and to enable her stay upright when taking the ground.

‘She has heavy steam,bent oak frames , bigger scantlings than I use for my clinker launches. They are also overlapped across the hog by three or four planks, tying her strongly in the bottom of the boat – so she’s as solid as a brick outhouse.

‘I had the unheard of luxury of turning the boat upside down to “scuff off”, I had rounded the outside of the planks when planking up so that all I needed was to run the belt sander over the hull – no planing was needed.

‘Cheers, Nick’

1940s fifie for sale for restoration

Alex Mears of HJ Mears & Son Boatbuilders has got in touch to say that one of his customers is selling a 32ft, 1944-built fifie for restoration. The owner is getting a little too old to continue with the project and so it must go – see the boat on eBay.

The work has been started but there’s a lot more to do – most of the photos below show her current state at Mears Boatyard, Seaton, in east Devon, though one indicates how she was on the day she arrived at the yard.

The fifie has no engine and all the deck has been removed, with temporary ties in place to maintain hull shape. Her planking is 1.25 inch larch on oak frames.

She was brought to Devon from Ullapool in 2008 when her working life ended as a a registered Stornaway fishing boat. There is a big pile of seasoned timber available for the restoration but at extra cost.

The yard says they would hate to see her end up in the log burner, and I’m sure Alex speaks for all of us when he says: ‘I just hope someone wants a slice of Scottish fishing history.’

Storage can be negotiated with Mears Boatyard, as can cranage onto a low loader.

Canoe yawl Arklight II for sale


Robert Whitmore Jones is selling his 1936 canoe yawl Arklight II for £7500, or sensible offers.

Built by George Cardnell and sons at Maylandsea in Essex, Arklight II is said to be in sound condition and to sail well. Her hull is pitch pine planks on oak frames, with cabin and cockpit sides of mahogany.

Her paint, varnish and antifouling could all benefit from refreshing.

She has a recently (2011) installed secondhand Yanmar 1GM10 and is currently moored near Weston super Mare. If you’re interested, contact the Albert Strange Association and they’ll put you in touch with the owner.