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New Build William Ferris Rowing Punt

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Rowing punt built by Falmouth shipwright Rory Bosher on the lines of an original punt built by William Ferris of Pill Creek, Falmouth.

An elegantly built punt finished to a very high standard.  She has two rowing positions but is designed for a single rower.  If rowing with a passenger in the stern then rowing from the forward thwart will balance the boat nicely.

Slightly wider in the beam than a skiff making her perhaps not as fast but more stable and a better load carrying boat.

Comes with a road trailer and pai of oars and rowlocks.

As new boat in superb condition.


Length              13’8”

Beam                 4’8”

12’6″ Nick Smith Motor Launch

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Clinker motor launch built by Nick Smith of Salcombe in 2006.  A replica of one of the original Salcombe hire boats built by Edgar Cove in the 1950’s.

Little used and maintained by the builder throughout, this is a superb little launch with an excellent road trailer and combination launching trolley.

All ready to go for the summer and looking superb.


Length              12’6”


Turks of Kingston Rowing Skiff

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Built by Turks of Kingston on the River Thames in 1910.  The dinghy is complete with a rig and oars plus an original frame to take an awning for hot summer days on the river.

Sold to a very experienced wooden boat owner through Wooden Ships last year, she has been completely refitted and is now in sparkling condition.  Comes with a recently refitted road trailer and new all over cover.

Length                  14’1”

Beam                    4’8”

Aldeburgh Beach Boat

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Believed to have been built by Frank Knights Boatyard, Woodbridge in 1974.

Known as an Aldeburgh beach boat, she was a working vessel most likely used for fishing the inshore waters of the Suffolk coast.  A generous beam, high freeboard and a flare to the bow are all signs she was built for open water work and make her a capable and safe family boat.

New 14hp Nanni engine fitted in 2022.  Recently serviced and ready for the summer.

A nice looking boat with an all paint finish giving her a work boat like feel, practical and useable but still elegant and eye catching.


Length                        21’

Beam               7’9”

Draft               2’

17′ Clinker Motor Launch

Wooden Ships Comments on this 17′ Clinker Motor Launch

The history of this pretty launch is unknown, but she is thought to have been built in the 1950’s.    The boat has spent most of her life on the Isle of Bute and was laid up many years ago in a shed and not used.

Bought by the present yachting professional owner around 10 years ago, she was refitted during covid times and because he is not getting the use out of her she is being offered for sale.

The refit included a new transom, aft deck and foredeck, a complete re-varnish inside and out, new Beta engine, new cover and new trailer.  The engine has hardly been run and the trailer has only delivery miles on it.

An attractive looking boat in good sound condition and a lovely size of launch.

Length                         17’

Beam                           6’

Iain Oughtred Fulmar Sailing Dinghy

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Iain Oughtred Fulmar sailing dinghy professionally built in New Zealand in 2000.

The largest and most capable of Oughtreds planning dinghies, her generous beam and wide flat stern enable her to plan in the right wind conditions making her a fast boat but also stable and safe.

The Fulmar is a sturdy and capable boat, perfect for the dinghy cruising enthusiast with her good freboard and generous beam making the design very Weatherly and capable.

Built with slight variations to the design, including the sunken foredeck which is a clever tweak, allowing someone to move to the bow more safely than if the deck was at gunwhale height.

Bought by the present owner in 2020 and given a gentle refit including a complete new paint system of Epifanes 2 pack epoxy glass for a low maintenance hull.  All bright work newly finished in Deks Olje D1 and D2.

Standing rigging replaced with Dyneema and running rigging replaced.

Complete package ready to go with an excellent trailer and new all over cover.  This is a boat that will allow her owner to enjoy the summer weather in the purest and simplest way.

Torqeedo electric outboard motor with all accessories available by separate negotiation.

Length                        16’8”

Beam               5’10”

Weight                        Approx 150kg

Sail area          160sqft

Francois Vivier Portzic Dinghy

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Francois Vivier Portzic design, built by Nick Twist in Cornwall in 2006.  Dry stored since 2014 in a secure barn.

The original Portzic plans were created for an English yachtsman who had seen the impressive tenders used by fishing boats in Brittany and wanted something similar as a tender to his traditional yacht.  The are typical ‘cods head/mackerel tail’ shape, terrifically stable and easy to row or scull.

Vivier modified this boat from the original plans to be stronger as she was intended to be kept on a tidal beach.  The construction makes for a very tough little boat, over engineered some would say, but certainly built to last.

She comes with a Bramber road trailer, rig, electric outboard and cover.

A very eye catching little boat in superb condition.


Length                        9’8”

Beam               4’7”

Osprey Sailing dinghy

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Osprey sailing dinghy No. 1301 built in 2005 by Andy Barker.

One of 5 boats built off 3x championship winning moulds.

Has been dry stored for 12 years, now again ready to race.

Fairey Marine Duckling

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A brand new Fairey Duckling, sold to the late owner by Fairey Marine Ltd as a completed hull with the idea to fit her out for sailing.  This never happened the boat has spent it’s entire life in the roof of the garage.

She appears to be in excellent as new condition.  The hull is complete with thwarts and dagger board casing, but there is no rig, dagger board or rudder.

Complete with all the original plans, instructions and paper work from Fairey Marine Ltd.

A very special little boat as there cannot be another Duckling in this condition unless one was built new at huge expense.




Cold moulded hull glued with resorcinol in the usual Fairey way.

Mahogany thwarts, gunwhales and knees.

Saga 20 Motor Launch

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Saga 20 GRP motor launch built by Saga Boats, Norway in 1975.

The Saga 20 is a vessel not often seen in the UK but quite common in Scandinavia.  Often fitted with a forward cuddy, this boat is completely open apart from the fore and aft decks.  They are solidly built, sturdy and capable boats.

This vessel had a new Beta 20hp engine fitted in and has been kept undercover every winter.

Perfect family boats, they are capable of coastal passages and have a lot of space and volume inside making them comfortable for days out.

Comfortable seating for 7 people but space for more if desired.


Length              20’4” / 6.2m

Beam                 7’3” / 2.2m