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 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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Enquire about IDRA 14

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IDRA 14

£2400

Irish Dinghy Racing Association 14' One Design dinghy, known as the IDRA 14. Active fleets still racing in Ireland with some fleets in the UK racing under the name Dragonfly dinghies. Clinker spruce hull on oak ribs with a small foredeck. Fractional bermudan sloop rig with new standing rigging, mast in need of work. Complete with Snipe road trailer. Tidy looking boat with nice pedigree.

  • Designer: George O'Brien Kennedy
  • Builder: R&A Hamper, Fareham
  • Year: 1947
  • Location: Yorkshire
  • Length on deck: 14'
  • Beam: 5'
  • Draft: 4'6"
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Enquire about West Mersea One Design

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Clinker sailing dinghy

West Mersea One Design sailing dinghy, clinker planked in mahogany with a gunter rig, oars, cover, trailer and Seagul outboard engine. Tidy little boat for fun afloat with the family

  • Designer: Herbert Reiach
  • Builder: Anderson, Rigden and Perkins
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 10'
  • Beam: 4'6"
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Enquire about Selway Fisher gaff rigged dinghy

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wooden sailing dinghy on a trailer

Gaff rigged sailing dinghy designed by Selway Fisher and professionally built in the 1990's. Marine plywood construction gives a light but strong hull, weighing in at only 81kg. she comes with a combination road trailer and launching trolley, all over cover and complete rig. A fun little boat in smart condition, ready for a summer afloat with the family.

  • Designer: Selway Fisher
  • Builder: Long Island Boats, Wareham
  • Year: 1990's
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 12'
  • Beam: 5'
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Enquire about Fairey Marine Duckling

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Tidy example of the Fairey Marine Duckling, complete with rig and launching trolley.

  • Designer: Uffa Fox
  • Builder: Fairey Marine
  • Year: 1960's
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 9'
  • Beam: 4'
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Enquire about Laurent Giles Columbia Class sloop

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Laurent Giles Columbia Class sloop designed by Laurent Giles as an affordable, capable and easily handled cruising boat. She is a mini blue water cruising yacht and far more capable then her dimensions suggest.

  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Year: 1979
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 20'6''
  • Beam: 6'5"
  • Draft: 4'5''
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Enquire about Rowing Tender

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Rowing Tender

£1650

Clinker rowing tender, believed to have been built as a tender to an east coast fishing vessel called Doris under the number LO20. Rescued from a mud berth in the creek by the current owner, she was refitted and has been used regularly ever since for local river and coastal rowing. A nice looking boat with three rowing positions, all using thole pins. She does not come with a trailer.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 12'4"
  • Beam: 5'
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Enquire about Naval Clinker Rowing Boat

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Built by first year apprentices at H.M. Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth in 1974. All mahogany planking on oak frames. Nice little boat complete with cover and road trailer. Lovely pedigree and history, contact has been made with the actual men who built the boat which is a lovely connection.

  • Designer: Admiralty
  • Builder: H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth
  • Year: 1974
  • Location: W. Sussex
  • Length on deck: 10'
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Enquire about Stones Pram Dinghy

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Clinker pram dinghy built by Jim Stone of Portlemouth, Salcombe in the 1960’s. An early example of using plywood with glued lands to create a rigid yet light weight boat without the need for steamed timbers.  The glued lands mean she does not suffer from drying out and subsequent leaking which can be a big attraction. Varnished inside and out, the boat is in lovely condition and complete with oars and rig. A good stable load carrying dinghy, perfect for messing about on the water or as a tender to a larger yacht.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Jim Stone, Portlemouth
  • Year: 1960's
  • Length on deck: 9'6"
  • Beam: 4'7"
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Enquire about Clinker Rowing Pram Dinghy

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Clinker pram dinghy planked in mahogany with steamed oak timbers. 2 rowing positions. Nice looking dinghy in tidy condition.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 9'6"
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Enquire about 9′ rowing dinghy

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Clinker rowing, probably built as a tender by Dixon of Exmouth. Larch planking on oak frames, seemingly in sound condition but would look superb after being stripped and varnished. Pretty dinghy with a full bilge making her stable and buoyant, ideal as a tender or for simply messing about on the water.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Dixons of Exmouth
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 9'
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Enquire about Scorpion Sailing Dinghy

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Scorpion sailing dinghy built in 1964 by the SWALE Boat Builders to the standard Scorpion design. Owned by the present owner since 1969, she has mostly been dry stored and sailed on summer holidays. Recently re-varnished and painted, she is looking smart, sat on her road trailer and ready to go. Rigging was replaced in 2010 and the sails are from 2006. A fast and exciting boat to sail, not competitive in the modern fleets but still capable of some club racing. This represents a lot of cheap fun.

  • Designer: T.J. Dorling
  • Builder: SWALE Boat builders
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Herts
  • Length on deck: 14'
  • Beam: 4'9"
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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.