Latest Nick Smith clinker motor launch afloat

2011 Nick Smith motor launch Bella is launched

Bella is afloat. followed the Nick Smith traditional clinker motor launch its building with a series of posts – For more posts at on this project, click here, here, here, here, here, and here.

This is what Nick had to say about the launch:

‘See the attached photo of Bella launch day on the 17th April, at Hayling Island.

‘All went well: she didnt make any water, floated well to her waterline, and spot on with three people on board, I will be borrowing her back from the owner for the Beale Park Boat Show at Pangbourne on the 10/11/12th June – so be there!

‘Cheers, Nick’

I certainly do plan to be at Beale.

Nick’s now open for a new commission for the coming season.

The photo on the River Yealm below shows an earlier 17ft example of his work. Lisa is now three seasons old and looking good for 2011 with smart blue antifouling, a white boot top and plenty of thick varnish.


2011 17ft Nick Smith motor launch Lisa

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 and by phone on 07786 693370.