Regular intheboatshed.net correspondent and traditional West Country-style boatbuilder Nick Smith has written to tell us that Louise, the 16ft boat he built last year for David Eschbaeschers has been launched and pronounced a success. She certainly looks just the job to me!
David reports that she’s a little high in the water in these photos but says that he has ballast ready for this purpose. Apart from that, he says: ‘She’s a goodun and was much admired down at Queen Anne’s Battery.’
Click here and scroll down to see the series of posts during last year which followed Louise’s build in Nick’s workshop.
Nick will be exhibiting at the Beale Park Thames Boatshow (click here for more posts on the show) and Louise will be one of the boats he’ll be showing, along with some larger examples, and maybe one or two smaller ones.
Nick comes from Devon, learned boatbuilding the traditional way 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. These days he’s based in Hampshire, and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone on phone on 07786 693370.