Small Classic Boats For Sale

The Wooden Ships website is the only place on the web dedicated to advertising and selling small traditional boats, dinghies, cabin boat and river launches. The team is fortunate to have some of the world’s most beautiful small wooden boats for sale. We consider it both a pleasure and a responsibility to guide you in selecting the boat that is your perfect match.

Browse our portfolio of small wooden dinghies, yachts, rowing boats and powerboats for sale today, or contact us to find out more information.

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Enquire about New England Bass Boat

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Amercian Sports boat for sale

Built in Cape Cod in 2002, the design based on the famed New England MacKenzie Cuttyhunk Bass Boats, constructed using modern methods with cold molded mahogany sheathed in Kevlar and finished in Awlgrip paint systems. Imported into the UK by the current owner, fully certified to RCR standards. Steyr 164hp turbo charged inboard diesel gives 17 knots cruising speed for excellent fuel consumption, she uses only 0.8 litres/nautical mile. 2 berths under the foredeck makes for a nice sheltered space. Large open cockpit with high bulwarks, an excellent space for the family. SBS road trailer means she can be easily towed on the road, all up weight is less than 3 tons. A very elegant and unusual alternative to the very boring RIB or Boston Whaler, a superb boat for someone looking for a boat that stands out from the crowd and offers something a little bit special.

  • Designer: Great River Boat Works, MA
  • Builder: Great River Boat Works, MA
  • Year: 2002
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 24'11"
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 2'6"
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Enquire about 21′ Sport Fishing Boat

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New build wooden sport fishing boat for sale

Built by Dartmouth boat builders to an American design. This boat is being offered as a demonstration model with a view to obtaining commissions for further new build boats. The specification for a new build could be tailored to suit the commissioning owner, with a choice of engine sizes, layouts, systems and equipment. The benefit of building in wood with a small firm is that once the hull has ben built, all other areas of the design can be altered to suit the owner. A fast, stable sports boat with lots of space, very practical for families or groups and a real head turner. A new boat built to the owners specification with an engine is £55,000

  • Builder: B. & A. Pomeroy, Dartmouth
  • Year: 2022
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 21'
  • Beam: 7'10"
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Enquire about Fabian Bush Cruising Dayboat

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Classic wooden dayboat

Designed and built by Fabian bush, a well respected very skilled boat builder. The boat was commissioned by a client but due to personal circumstances he is no longer able to take delivery and use the boat so she is being offered for sale as a brand new and complete vessel. Upon completion the boat was tested and certified under the RCD scheme and put afloat for sea trials, but otherwise she has been dry stored and unused. built using modern construction methods of epoxy glued plywood planking making her very durable and easy to maintain. complete with trailer covers and electric outboard engine this is an absolutely ready to go trailer sailer in as new condition.

  • Designer: Fabian Bush
  • Builder: Fabian Bush Boatbuilder
  • Year: 2020
  • Location: Essex
  • Length on deck: 15'10"
  • Beam: 6'4"
  • Draft: 14" / 4'
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Enquire about 20′ Nick Smith Clinker Motor Launch

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Wooden clinker motor launch for sale

Clinker motor launch built by the well respected Nick Smith of Salcombe in 2004. Her design is based on the traditional Salcombe bass fishing boat with straight stem and elegant sheer line. Powered by a Yanmar 2YM 15p diesel, fitted new in 2008. Comes with a good quality road trailer and all over cover. A very striking launch in good condition and well equipped.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Nick Smith
  • Year: 2004
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 20'4"
  • Beam: 6'
  • Draft: 1'6"
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Enquire about Varnished River Launch

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Classic wooden motor launch for sale

Elegant varnished mahogany launch built for the River Way Conservancy in 1950. Major professional rebuild in last 3 years including numerous new planks and lots of replacement steamed oak timbers. Vetus 25hp diesel fitted new in 2015. Top quality De Graff twin axle road trailer. Summer cockpit cover and all over winter boat cover. New Boat Safety Certificate and Thames River Licence for the season. Very smart launch with comfortable seating for 8 people.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Allday Austin, Guildford
  • Year: 1950
  • Length on deck: 19'3"
  • Beam: 5'11"
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Enquire about 18′ Motor Launch

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18' motor launch built in Teignmouth in the early 1960's as a self drive hire boat, she also served time as an inshore fishing boat and a shipyard work boat before being bought and rebuilt by a local shipwright in 2003. Used as a very capable and practical family boat ever since, she comes with an excellent road trailer and fitted cover. This is a very practical boat with pretty lines and is in good tidy condition. She is immensely stable and stiff which is great for family use and her generous beam means there is ample space aboard for a big crowd of people.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Leonard Matthews
  • Year: 1960's
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 18'3"
  • Beam: 6'10"
  • Draft: 1'9"
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Enquire about Nick Smith Clinker Cabin Launch

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Varnished clinker cabin launch for sale

Clinker motor launch built by Nick Smith of Salcombe to his usual high standards. Unusually for a boat of this type and size, she has raised topsides forward with a small cabin giving a large double V-berth. This concept is most unusual but makes for an excellent family adventure/weekend camping boat that stands out from the crowd. 14hp Nanni diesel with very low hours, all over cover and galvanised road trailer. A very complete boat that has hardly been used since new and is ready to go this summer

  • Designer: Nick Smith
  • Builder: Nick Smith
  • Year: 2015
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 16'
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Enquire about Percy Mitchell Open Motor Launch

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Classic wooden motor launch for sale

Elegant yet substantial motor launch thought to have been built by Percy Mitchell of Cornwall. Professionally refitted in 2022 including hull repairs, new gunwhales, new thwarts, sole and aft deck plus a second hand Nanni 25hp diesel. Complete with galvanised road trailer, this is a nice looking boat in tidy condition and ready for the coming summer.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Percy Mitchell
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 18'
  • Beam: 6'6"
  • Draft: 2'
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Enquire about 25′ Motor Launch

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Classic wooden motor launch for sale

Very elegant varnished mahogany motor launch believed to have been built in 1910 on the Clyde. Originally fitted with a steam engine, she could be reverted to this if desired. Comes with an all over cover and excellent SBS road trailer. Some work required on the hull, 2022 survey report available on request.

  • Year: 1910
  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Length on deck: 25'
  • Beam: 6'
  • Draft: 2'
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Enquire about Beer Lugger

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Clinker sailing launch

Beer Lugger

£14000

Built by H.J. Mears and Son, East Devon in 1985 to the lines of the traditional beach fishing boats of the area. Major professional refit in 2021 including an engine rebuild, new trailer, replacement aft deck and sole boards and a complete cosmetic overhaul. Lug rig with a tan terylene mainsail. Beta Marine 10hp diesel in very nice condition, overhauled in 2021. An attractive motor launch with the benefit of a simple rig, perfect for river and coastal cruising. complete package with rig, cover and trailer.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: H.J. Mears and Son
  • Year: 1985
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Length on deck: 16'
  • Beam: 5'6"
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Enquire about 16′ McNulty Sailing Launch

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Wooden sailing motor launch for sale

Varnished clinker motor launch with a sailing rig, built by McNulty boats in 1995. Beta 10hp diesel engine installed in 1998, full service 2023. Tan lug mainsail gives good off wind sailing. this is an unusual concept of boat and one that should appeal to many boat users. A very pretty boat which will turn a lot of heads.

  • Designer: McNulty Boats
  • Builder: McNulty Boats
  • Year: 1995
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 16'
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Enquire about Mears of Seaton Clinker Motor Launch

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Traditional clinker motor launch for sale

A traditional design, recently built and based on the traditional Beer fishing boats. These boats were designed to fish off the beach and were pulled up and down with the aid of winches and poles. She is planked in elm on oak frames. Yanmar 1GM inboard diesel. A stable, spacious boat very capable of coastal passages.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Paul Mears of Seaton
  • Year: 2008
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 18'
  • Beam: 6'10
  • Draft: 2'
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Small boats for sale

People use small boats for sailing, rowing, fishing and tenders for larger vessels. They are easy to transport, affordable, and a great way to get afloat. Small boats are perfect for as a small fishing boat, small sailing boat, motor cruiser or sports cruiser and popular for recreation. We have spent some of the best family days pottering up and down the estuary in our sailing dinghy.

Small classic sailing boats are great for people wanting to start sailing. They’re relatively affordable and classic in style, and you can often find older examples for a fraction of the cost of a new boat. Plus, they’ll still provide you with years of enjoyment.

Classic boats are also a great option if you’re looking for a project boat. Many of these boats have been well cared for and only need a little TLC to get them back into sailing shape. With a bit of elbow grease, you can often have your dream boat for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Some of the cheap small sailboats for sale on the Wooden Ships website include dinghies, day boats and river launches. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any small boats featured on our website, or if you’d like to sell your boat.

Wooden Ships classic yachts brokers have an extensive database of small boats for sale. With a wide range of sail boats, classic yachts, motor yachts and small classic boats, Wooden Ships has one of the largest selections of traditional wooden boats and yachts for sale in the UK.