Archives: Small crafts

Racing Keel Boat

Wooden Ships Comments on this Racing Keel Boat

Designed by Dave Hollom, known for his involvement with the Americas Cup and the designer of some very successful International Fourteen’s and National Twelves.  The boat was built by the present owner in 2013, constructed around a CNC cut jig for accuracy.

The boat has similar performance to a Flying Fifteen and will readily plane off the wind in 12 knots of breeze.  She has been sailed on a reservoir since new and launched each time she is sailed so has not been left afloat and open to the elements.

She comes with a custom made galvanised road trailer and Bison electric outboard, plus 2 suits of sails so she is a complete package and ready to go sailing.


Length on Deck                 22’

Beam                                    5’

Weight                                 Approx. 370kg

Clinker Rowing Dinghy

Wooden Ships Comments on this Clinker Rowing Dinghy

Built by the current owner between 2013 and 2015 to a design by Frederick W. Goeller from 1915.  Designed as a tender able to be rowed or sailed, the builder increased the freeboard by 2” to make the boat a little drier giving her a more jaunty feel and a bit of extra tumblehome on the transom.

Since completion the boat has only be launched once so is presented in very smart and untouched condition, obviously finished to a very good standard and ready to go.

The boat comes with a rebuilt Seagul 102 long shaft outboard engine and an as new Extreme road trailer so she is ready to go afloat with her new owner.

Length on Deck                 12’

Beam                                    4’3”

Draft                                      9”

Andrew Woolstenholme Swallow

Wooden Ships Comments on this Andrew Woolstenholme Swallow 

Andrew Woolstenholme ‘Swallow’ design gaff sloop built by the owner to a very high standard.  Only launched for sea trials and presented as a virtually new boat.  The build was started in 2012 and first sailed in 2016.

Built with top quality timber and materials, mostly from Robbins timbers, and bronze fittings from Daveys.  Her strip plank construction makes her a relatively low maintenance boat while still be strong and practical.  Because of her glued and sheathed hull she will not dry out when stored ashore and therefore will not leak or need to take up upon launch.

An ideal day sailing boat with an attractive gaff sloop rig, easy to launch and recover with just one person but with space for the whole family.

Length on deck                 14’6”

Length Overall                   16’6”

Beam                                    5’6”

Iain Oughtred Shearwater

Wooden Ships Comments on this Iain Oughtred Shearwater

The Shearwater is a planing hull dinghy designed by Ian Oughtred and another example of his prowess as a designer of small boats.  This boat was professionally built in 2004 for the current owner and has been used very little since new.  She sits on a new combination road trailer ready to be taken away and used.

The Shearwater is a fast and responsive boat with potential for some exciting sailing if desired, also capable of taking a bit of weather and chop.  Ideally crewed by two but she can take 3 and could also be easily sailed by one person with her simple rig.

When rigged her weight is less than 100kg so she is easily launched and retrieved making her a simple and hassle free trailer sailer.  Presented in superb condition with 2 sets of sails, outboard engine and all the extras needed for safe towing.


Length Overall                   11′ 10″

Beam                                    4’11”

Weight                                 >100kg

Fabian Bush Cruising Dayboat

Wooden Ships Comments on this Fabian Bush Cruising Dayboat

a perfect trailer sailer boat designed and built by Fabian Bush of Rowhedge, Essex.  The boat was commissioned by a client and was seen through to completion and sea trials, however a change in circumstances means the boat was never delivered to the commissioning owner and is being offered for sale.

The construction of the boat was completed in 2020 and she underwent sea trials in 2021.

The design has a very traditional feel  but incorporates modern boat building techniques to make a stiff and durable trailer sailer while also being low maintenance and easy to use.   she is a substantial boat with good freeboard, a stiff hull and plenty of space within.  All fittings and fixtures are of bronze or gun metal and the detail in the finish is exceptional.  The 2 pack polyurethane paint and varnish used is highly durable making for a low maintenance boat.

The boat has been licenced through the RCD system, classified for sheltered waters, estuary and coastal use in winds up to Force 6 as RCD Category C.

The boat is exceptionally well equipped with a purpose made road trailer, Torqeedo electric outboard, and various different covers.  She has been tried and tested so is now absolutely ready for her first owner to launch and go exploring.

This is a brand new boat in new condition.


Length on deck                                 15’10”

Length Overall                                   19’6”

Beam                                                    6’4”

Draft                                                      14”/ 4’

Sail Area                                               165sqft

Weight                                                 500kg

Max. Persons                                    5 adults

Rock Rainbow Sailing Dinghy

Wooden Ships Comments on this Rock Rainbow Sailing Dinghy

Rock Rainbow sailing dinghy built in Rock, Cornwall in the 1950’s by Kempthorn Lay & Sons.  Thought to be the only surviving example of the fleet, the design was built for the Rock Sailing Club by a local boat builder in the 1950’s for sailing around the Camel Estuary.

The boat is a substantial dinghy with a very full bilge midships giving terrific stability and load carry ability.  The bows are quite fine and the transom has a marked tumblehome making her rather interesting and unlike many other clinker dinghies of her size.

Being a half-decker there is dry storage space under the foredeck and she can take a bit more weather than a completely open dinghy, ideal for the sometimes rough open waters of the Camel Estuary.

Professional refit in current ownership with a new lower section of the transom fitted and some new planks.  Her trailer is in good order with recent new bearings, wheels and tyres and recently completed 700 mile round trip to the Lake District.


Length                  14’

Beam                    6’



Clinker planked in mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Painted hull with the sheer strake varnished.

Varnished mahogany transom, the lower board was replaced recently.

Varnished marine plywood foredeck and side decks fastened down with bronze grip fast nails.  Curved mahogany coaming around the edge of the cockpit.

Mahogany centreboard case with a galvanised centreplate, raised with a traditional reduction pulley.  Centreboard recently re-galvanised.

Varnished mahogany thwarts and slatted sole boards.

New rudder in current ownership




Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished pine mast.

Varnished wooden boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal bronze chain plates.  Single lower shroud either side and a forestay.  Set of cap shrouds over small spreaders.

2 sets of terylene sails, both sets of an age but still useable.




Old but functional road trailer

Rudder, tiller and galvanised centreplate

Mast boom, rigging

2 x mainsails

2 x jibs

2 x paddles





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.



Fairey Marine Duckling

Wooden Ships Comments on this Fairey Marine Duckling

Designed by the famous Uffa Fox and produced in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Built by Fairey Marine, Hamble more famous for their high speed power boats, they employed the same construction method which resulted in a relatively lightweight and very strong wooden hull, free of internal frames, making them ideal as yacht tenders or sailing dinghies.

This is Duckling no.1499 built in the late 1960’s.  Sold by us to the current owners in 2015, she is in good condition and could be made very smart with a little tidying up of the hull but is ready to be used as she is.

Beer Lugger

Wooden Ships Comments on this Beer Lugger

Beer lugger built by H.J. Mears and Son in 1985 with a thorough professional refit in 2021.

The refit included a new aft deck and necessary hull repairs around that area, new sole bearers, engine rebuild and building of a new galvanised road trailer to accompany the boat.  She is now a complete package, on her trailer and ready to tow away.

Typical Beer lugger design with generous freeboard and beam and full bilge sections, designed to be launched and recovered on the beach for fishing in the open sea around Beer in east Devon.   A very tough and capable boat with elegant lines, professionally built and refitted.

The addition of the lug rig adds another dimension rather than being a simple motor launch, she can be sailed successfully if desired.  She will also work as an excellent motor launch, ideal for river exploration but also very capable of coastal passages.

Length on Deck                 16’

Beam                                    5’6”

H.J. Mears and Son Motor Launch

Wooden Ships Comments on this H.J. Mears and Son Motor Launch

Newly built motor launch from the well known yard of H.J. Mears and Son in Axmouth, east Devon.

This launch is nearing completion in the workshop but there is still time to customise the finish to an owners wishes.  She has not yet been named so that will be the choice of her first owner.

A perfect size launch for river and coastal exploration, she is built to the lines of the east Devon beach fishing boats that have been launched at the yard for many years with some distinctive features that tell them apart.

Firstly the Mears boats have a central drop thwart comprising a large sawn oak knee on the inside of the hull each side fastened to a solid length of timber across the hull below the sole boards, giving a lot of rigidity to the hull without a central thwart impeding passage around the inside of the boat.  The keel also has a marked rocker making the boat easier to haul up the beach as is the customary local way.

The high bow and sharp turn to the bilge mean she will be a dry boat with plenty of buoyancy and stability.  Her Beta 14hp engine, due to be fitted shortly, will provide plenty of power to push local tides making her a capable coastal boat and not just confined to river use.

Length                  16’8”

Beam                    6’11”

Naval Clinker Rowing Boat

Wooden Ships Comments on this Naval Clinker Rowing Boat

Built by 1st year shipwright apprentices of HM Dockyard, Portsmouth in 1974.  These small boats were used as tenders and as such are fitted with bronze lifting eyes so they can be hoisted aboard the larger vessel.

This dinghy has excellent pedigree, we have photos of her being built and recent contact with the two apprentices who actually built the boat.

A nice little dinghy with good pedigree

Length                  10’