Sailing yachts

Sailing Fishing Smack

(REF: 18264)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Aldous Shipyard
  • Year: 1912
  • Location: Essex
  • Length on deck: 44'
  • Beam: 11'9"
  • Draft: 5'2"

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Full specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this East Coast Sailing Fishing Smack

Built at the Aldous Shipyard, Brightlingsea and launched in 1912 as a fishing Smack for local east coast waters for a Mr Joe Francis.  She worked out of various east coast ports and was eventually retired from oyster dredging in 1984.  Bought by the present shipwright owner in 1994, she underwent a 10 year refit where the new deck was laid, planking and framing replaced and a new rig fitted.  At that time her old Gardner diesel was removed as it was no longer required for working and she now spends her days based in Brightlingsea and racing amongst the graceful fleet of fishing smacks which is growing in size and popularity.

Her present use means she has a basic interior fit out ideal for the weekend regatta crew, and her lack of engine is not an issue with her current situation.  She has proved to be a relatively fast boat amongst the fleet with a respectable amount of silverware showing her name and is certainly one of the prettiest boats.  Although not a new or completely rebuilt smack, she is a good boat, well cared for and with the right attention will give many years of pleasurable sailing to her new owners.

Length on Deck                 44′

Length Overall                   63′

Beam                                    11’9″

Draft                                      5’2″


 Sailing Fishing Smack


Planked in Larch fastened with galvanised boat nails to heavy grown and sawn oak frames in pairs.

No external ballast keel.  All internal ballast comprising 7 tons of lead ingots.

Stainless steel keel bolts through the wooden keel replaced in 2002.

Grown oak floors.

Straight laid solid pine deck, caulked and payed with rubber then finished in cream deck paint.

Two separate hatches with painted Iroko coamings and sheathed plywood coachroof deck.




Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped solid wooden mast with a fidded topmast.

Solid wooden gaff yard, boom and bowsprit.

Galvanised wire standing rigging new in 2003, secured to external galvanised chain plates with dead eyes and lanyards.

Large sail wardrobe with many recent sails,  all of them in very good order.




A simple open plan interior with 6 good size berths.

Designed to make all internal areas of the hull structure accessible for ventilation, maintenance and repair.

5’10” of standing headroom under the hatches, 5′ everywhere else.

Plastimo gas cooker with oven and grill mounted on the port side amidships.

Large wood burning stove in the centre of the ship.

Masses of storage space for sails and cordage as required in these boats.

Bulkhead in front of the mast with a central opening gives stiffness to the hull and separates off the fore peak from the rest of the interior.




Full specification and details available upon request




These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.