Tag Archives: motor launch

Refurbished 12ft clinker Nick Smith-built launch for sale

This 12ft clinker-built motor launch is for sale by Salcombe trained traditional boatbuilder Nick Smith following a 183-hour refurb. Nick was an apprentice with Edgar Cove starting in 1976, so he’s part of of a long heritage and so is the boat…

The final picture above shows her on her launch at Cowes in February 1991.¬†She has a trailer and a Stuart Turner engine, which has also been restored by an expert. Overall, he describes her as ‘splendid’ and possibly just right for pottering and picnicking on the Thames.

Buy her via eBay.

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Nick Smith-built half-decked motor launch afloat

This is the charming 16ft Nick Smith-built clinker-planked half-decker Isla afloat, I think in Scotland.

She has basic camping accommodation for overnight or the weekend, with a double bunk, storage and a small cooker, and I have a feeling a boat might appeal to quite a lot of folks…

Nick trained in Salcombe as a traditional boat builder in the 1970s. To learn more or to contact him, check his website. For more on Nick’s boats, click here.

20ft clinker motor launch up for sale

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.