Traditional boatbuilder Nick Smith’s Lisa project nears launch day

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Latest Lisa photos. Click on the thumbnails for much larger images

As promised, Nick Smith has been in touch to report on progress building Lisa, a 17ft traditional West Country motor launch.

‘I should be delivering Lisa in a week or so, and then I will begin the build of another clinker motor launch. This time it will be a 16-footer, khaya on oak, varnished, with a 15hp Vetus diesel inboard. This boat will also be based on the River Yealm, at Newton Ferrers. Its good to be so busy especially at a time like this.

‘I’ll send some pictures of Lisa on the water.


It’s a relief to hear that Nick’s still in demand in these tough times. Good for him – I’d like to think that has been a help but I’m sure the real reason is the sheer quality of his work.

Nick has sent us quite a few photos of the Lisa project over the past few weeks.  If you’d like to see all our posts about his work, click here and scroll down the page. If you don’t already know him, Nick comes from Devon and specialises in new builds in clinker and carvel for  sail, motor and rowing power from 8ft to 28ft with a special emphasis on West Country style and design, and also takes on repairs and refits from 25ft to 50ft. He can be contacted by email at and by phone on 07786 693370.


4 thoughts on “Traditional boatbuilder Nick Smith’s Lisa project nears launch day”

  1. Hello, I understand you have a Stuart Turner R3M engine box for sale, please would you send me a picture, details and price. David

  2. David I have a choice of two perhaps you could send me some critical dimensions, ie heoght from top of floorboards to very top of engine.

    Cheers Nick


  3. Nice Boat, I am interested to learn where you can by Timber in those Lenghts and Widths to make Planks, I have been searching every where for some suitable Planking Timber for a 18ft Launch rebuild.

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