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.

The Dinghy Cruising Association at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show

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The Dinghy Cruising Association at last year’s Beale Park Thames Boat Show

Dinghy Cruising Association member Nick Watt has written to say that his organisation will be at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show.

The DCA is usually in residence at the show, and generally provides a lot of the on-water activity in a range of small craft.

This year, says Nick, the DCA folks will have a stand ashore on which it’s hoping to present member Dave Jennings’ nearly completed Roamer – this is a specialist dinghy cruising design designed by a DCA member, the plans for which are available from the association. To find out more about the Roamer, click here and here. There will also be a pontoon providing moorings for DCA members’ boats.

A key aim of the DCA’s presence at the show is to demonstrate that there are more ways of having fun on the water in small boats than necessarily racing around the marks (hoorah to that, I say), and that a wide variety of small craft (including, hopefully, Alistair Law’s Paradox) can be used for cruising in coastal waters.

Whatever, those who drop in can be sure of a welcome.