Isla is one of Nick Smith’s 16ft half-decked motor launches. It’s eight years old, but has only had two gentle seasons of use, and is said to be in immaculate condition.
Isla has room inside for two to overnight, and was built at the Nick Smith Boatbuilders workshop at Salcombe. She has a 14 hp Nanni diesel inboard engine, and a cover and trailer are included in the sale.
The vessel is currently lying near Salcombe, on a trailer and undercover. The asking price is £17,500.
Phone Nick at 07827644223; email email@example.com.
Ben Wales has written to say that he has made the trip to Sandwich to see the 1930s ferry and pleasure boat Southern Queen and reports that she’s in dire need of new owners prepared to look after.
Here’s what he has to say:
‘On Saturday I drove a round trip of 330 miles to visit the undiscovered classic wooden passenger boat Southern Queen, with the view to purchase her and restore back to her former glory.
Launched in 1935 as Heart’s Content for Charles Cload as one of four 45ft open carvel constructed launches to operate at Plymouth, she was built by the legendary Cornish boat builder Percy Mitchell of Porthmellon.
In the 1970s Heart’s Content was sold and operated on the River Dart in Devon and sold in 1991 again to operators in Tenby and renamed Caldey Queen, and then to Dover Harbour Tours in 2001 and renamed Southern Queen.
In 2016the Southern Queenthen went to to Sandwich River Bus.
She sadly sank on her moorings in September and was raised and brought ashore, with her future now in doubt.
She has fallen on hard times and need of urgent TLC as will in need a new stem head, apron, transom repairs and several new planks replaced as well as re-caulking.
The restoration work is still possible with the right owner or team, but sadly I have limited resources as to funding and time to undertake this work on my own.
I appeal for anyone, group or organization that could step in and undertake her restoration. She deserves to be on the National Ship’s Register and no doubt her complete history is yet to be discovered.
Interested parties are invited to contact Sandwich Marina for further details as well reasonable offers for the owner by 29th March. I believe after that date her future may well be bleak and she may be broken up.
Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis has this new motor launch restoration project to work on this winter, and would very much like to know more about it, if anyone can help.
He knows that the launch and was built as a towing boat in Liverpool in 1937, and has a builders plate of Burton and Fawcett, Liverpool.
It is carvel built with battens inside every seam. Unusually, the steamed ribs are in contact the battens, not the carvel planks.
The boat was Henry, but is is now named Clarence and has spent some time around Norfolk.
If you know anything about this boat and its type and can help Marcus, contact him directly or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass the message on.