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 and river launches. The team is very 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 and rowing boats today, or contact us to find out more information.

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Enquire about Stroma Yole

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Stroma Yole traditional fishing vessel

Stroma Yole

£5000

An original Stroma Yole built on the north Scottish Coast for a group of Stroma crofters in 1904, used to carry livestock to and fro across the Pentland Firth. Her history is well documented giving this traditional vessel and great pedigree. Rebuilt in the 1970's and sailed extensively around Scotland since then. A very rare part of Scottish maritime history, a boat that deserves to be preserved and cherished.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Banks Brothers, Scotland
  • Year: 1904
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 25'
  • Beam: 9'2"
  • Draft: 2'8"
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Enquire about Whitehall Skiff

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A beautiful Whitehall Skiff, built in Maine by professional boat builders Shew and Burnam. Clinker planked in cedar on oak frames. Recently painted in gloss ivory with varnished sheer strakes. A beautiful and elegant boat to row, she also has a simple standing lug rig with dagger board and rudder that is very easily set up and handled. Comes with a new all over cover and an Indespension combination road trailer/launching trolley. A beautiful looking boat in very nice condition, totally complete and ready to go.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Shew and Burnam, Maine
  • Year: 1981
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 12'1"
  • Beam: 4'1"
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Enquire about Rowing skiff

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Wooden rowing skiff

Rowing skiff

£4950

Rowing skiff professionally built in 2019, based on a working skiff from Oregon. Constructed using epoxy glued plywood with larch and Chestnut fit out. All bright work is oiled rather than varnished for easy maintenance. Very light hull, can be lifted onto a car top or easily hauled on deck as a tender. Easy to row and a joy to look at, she is a delightful little boat in as new condition. Recently re-painted inside and out.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: James Baker
  • Year: 2019
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 11'3"
  • Beam: 3'4"
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Enquire about Iain Oughtred Acorn 15

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rowing boat on a trailer

Iain Oughtred Acorn 15 rowing and sailing skiff. A very elegant boat built from glued marine plywood for a stiff light hull. 2 rowing positions with light spoon blade oars and adjustable foot stretchers. Complete with a standing lug rig and cream sail that is easy to set up for enjoyable gentle sailing. The boat comes with a galvanised road trailer and is ready to tow away for a new owner. A nice looking boat in sound condition, needing a little cosmetic tidying but otherwise ready for the summer

  • Designer: Iain Oughtred
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 15'1"
  • Beam: 4'1"
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Enquire about RNSA Sailing Dinghy

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Classic clinker sailing dinghy

RNSA 14 sailing dinghy built for the admiralty, War Department Registered No. SDY/852002. Completely refurbished by Peter Freebody on the Thames in 2013 and hardly used since. Finishing work carried out in 2016. Full survey report from 2016 available. Complete with road trailer, cover, and outboard engine. Surely one of the nicest examples available of the RNSA 14 at a fraction of the refit cost. Sadly being offered as an executor sale hence the attractive price.

  • Designer: Uffa Fox
  • Builder: Admiralty
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 14'
  • Beam: 5'7"
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Enquire about Falmouth Quay Punt Tender

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Believed to have been built in Fowey in the 1930's as a tender to a Falmouth Quay Punt working boat. Saved from the bonfire by the current owner and rebuilt with numerous new planks and about 50% new frames. Lug rig added with all new thwarts and knees. A beautiful looking boat with interesting history and provenance in lovely condition. Complete with road trailer, oars and cover.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Fowey
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 12'6"
  • Beam: 4'2"
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Enquire about Prospector Wooden Canadian Canoe

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Strip plank wooden Canadian canoe

Prospector Canadian canoe designed by Selway Fisher. Built by the owner in 2021, this canoe has never been in the water and is being sold in immaculate as new condition. The hull is strip plank western red cedar with West System epoxy sheathing making for a very rigid, light and durable hull that will require minimal maintenance.

  • Designer: Selway Fisher
  • Year: 2021
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Length on deck: 15'8"
  • Beam: 2'9"
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Enquire about Prospector Canadian Canoe

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Wooden Canadian Canoe for Sale

Prospector Canadian canoe designed by Bear Mountain Boats and built by the current owner in 2021. Glued strip plank cedar hull sheathed inside and out with glass cloth. Ash stems and gunwhales. Complete with a pair of hand made beaver tail paddles. Weighs only 25kg so very easy to carry on the roof of the car.

  • Designer: Bear Mountain Boats
  • Year: 2021
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 16'
  • Beam: 3'6"
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Enquire about Whitby Coble

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Open Whitby Coble motor launch on a trailer

Whitby Coble

£3000

Whitby Coble built in 1964, refurbished in 2020 by the previous owner including an engine overhaul. Robust clinker built motor launch with a Lister SR1 single cylinder diesel. Double axle road trailer appears to be solid but not tested.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Clarksons Boatyard
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 19'
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Enquire about Iain Oughtred Auk Rowing Dinghy

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Newly built and launched in 2021, professional build quality and nicely finished. Built using Lloyds certified marine plywood, glued with SP epoxy creating a light, strong and rigid hull. Iroko and mahogany trim giving her a crisp smart look. Very pretty rowing dinghy, suitable as a tender or simply for messing about on the water. Suitable for carrying on a roof rack for easy transport.

  • Designer: Iain Oughtred
  • Year: 2021
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 8'
  • Beam: 4'6"
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Enquire about Clinker lug rigged dinghy

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Classic clinker sailing dinghy

Clinker sailing dinghy with a lug rig believed to have been built by E. Collins of Norfolk, possibly as a tender to a larger cruising vessel. Rebuilt on the Isle of Wight in recent years. Complete with a road trailer, all over cover and oars. Trailer has brand new wheels, tyres and mudguards.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: E. Collins, Norfolk
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Length on deck: 12'
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Enquire about 12′ Clinker Rowing Dinghy

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Designed and built by the small yard of G&A Waddell Brothers of Sandbank in the 50's or 60's. A Very pretty dinghy with lovely lines. Cosmetic refit in current ownership, she has been used regularly for rowing on the local Scottish east coast. Comes with a recent all over cover and road trailer.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: G&A Waddell, Argyll
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 12'2"
  • Beam: 5'7"
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People use small boats for sailing, rowing, and tenders for larger vessels. They are easy to transport, affordable, and a great way to get afloat. Small boats are perfect for fishing and popular for recreation and tourism. 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 smaller boats available 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.

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.