Boatbuilder Nick Smith is selling this 20ft motor launch, Bamboo Viper, which he built for himself in 2004, on eBay.
Nick served a four-year traditional boatbuilding apprenticeship at Edgar Cove Ltd, Salcombe, Devon, 1976 to 1980, and has been building and restoring wooden boats ever since. He says his boats all show a distinctive Salcombe influence.
The boat is in top condition, as he has spent six weeks refurbishing her earlier this year, including taking the engine out. She’s been on his mooring at Christchurch for the last two months, with the cover on, when not in use.
She is fitted with a 15 hp Yanmar 2YM twin diesel inboard, and the price includes a purpose built galvanised and braked road trailer.
North Western coast of Scotlandboatbuilder Alasdair Grant’s recent build Lewenie has been launched.
She was built to his customer’s specification on a hull of Alasdair’s design, and the proprieter of Isle Ewe Boats is clearly very pleased. Here’s what he has to say:
‘Lewenie was launched a month early on Friday the 19th. All went well and she didn’t leak a drop – all she needed was a little fine tuning with some ballast.
‘She has a top speed of 7 knots but cruises along nicely at 6 knots with very little wake. She’s due to head south on a lorry on the 17th of July, which gives me plenty time to check her over and hopefully get her out in a gale to really see what she’s about in those conditions.
‘I emailed Steve (owner) on Friday night with a few photos and he replied “Superb , Can’t wait to get my hands on her”.’
Alasdair completed the long course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis in 2009 after building a Beer beach boat, and went on to work at Cockwells , repairing yachts and completing new builds.
He then moved back to Scotland to work in the Mallaig Boatyard repairing fishing boats, and is now back on his home island of to Isle Ewe, where he has set up a boat building business.
See the Isle Ewe Facebook page, and contact Alasdair at
Reader Julian Distin has been in touch to ask for information about another boat named Fiddle of Faversham – he noticed the recent post about a square-sterned Fiddle of Faversham, but the boat of the same name he wants to find out about has – or had – a counter stern.
Julian last saw her in Brixham harbour. She was getting a bit tatty but she was a pretty clinker-built boat of 22-26ft with low freeboard aft – possibly accentuated by water in the bilge – and had the all round appearance of a working boat pedigree. She looked like she could have been used for oyster dredging.
Julian’s hoping to find out whether this other Fiddle was built at or near Faversham, whether there are any surviving vessels of similar type in the area, and who the builder is likely to have been.
If you can help, please drop a line to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .