Alex Mears of Seaton, Devon-based boat builders HJ Mears and Son has written to let us know that one of the company’s long-term customers is selling his 18ft clinker-built fishing boat.
Built by HJ Mears in 1980, she is built from wych elm on English oak ribs. Alex says she’s very full – as the photos show – and perhaps two planks higher than most 18ft boats, which he says provides plenty of freeboard and safety.
She has been stored in a barn during the off-season, and has a Bukh DV20 twin cylinder inboard engine, a bespoke twin axle trailer, and a cover and mast.
The owner is asking £8,750 and she is available to view at HJ Mears’ yard.
HJ Mears are currently finishing off a 16ft Beer lugger for a customer – and we’re promised some photos soon…
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.
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 email@example.com .