Sailing yachts

18′ Traditional motor launch

(REF: 21915)


  • Designer: Nick Smith
  • Builder: Nick Smith
  • Year: 2021
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 17'11"
  • Beam: 6'4"
  • Draft: 16"
  • Tonnage: 650kg

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 18′ Traditional motor launch

Brand new varnished clinker launch built by Nick Smith, a skilled and experienced boat builder who has a reputation for building exquisite motor launches.  His designs are based on the traditional working boats of Salcombe built by Coves boatyard with a straight stem, full bilges and an elegant sheer line.  Nick Smith started his career with a 4 year apprenticeship at Coves in Salcombe and has been a professional boat builder ever since, carrying with him those skills for building sturdy yet elegant motor launches.

Derived from the inshore fishing boats of Salcombe, this launch is an excellent sea boat with the full bilges giving good internal volume and excellent stability, while the full bow sections and high sheer line make them dry boats and very capable at sea.

Fitted with a brand new Beta 14hp diesel engine which will give an estimated 6 knots cruising speed.

Commonly these boats are built with a small aft deck and foredeck, however this one is completely open giving more useable interior space.  In the bows is a large V-shaped thwart which provides ample seating space but also a safe step for stepping over the bow when coming into a pontoon.

Being sold as a brand new and professionally built boat.  Road trailer, cover and other accessories can be organised for her first owner.

She is as yet unnamed, that is to be chosen by her first owner.

Further details available on the builders web site:


Length                  17’11”

Beam                    6’4”

Draft                      16”

Weight                 650kg




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

Oak stem and iroko keel with iroko transom.  Brass rubbing band on the stem.

Grown oak bow and quarter knees fastened through with copper rivets

Douglas Fir inwhales and mahogany capping rails.  Bronze fairleads on the bow.

Iroko thwarts with sawn oak knees.  3 thwarts with a straight laid mahogany lower foredeck acting

as a seat and also a step when stepping out over the bow onto a pontoon.

Slatted pine sole boards finished in grey paint.

Varnished mahogany engine box

Transom hung iroko rudder with bronze hangings and oak tiller.




Beta Marine 14hp 2 cylinder diesel installed new in 2020.

Stainless steel shaft to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  Gives approximately 6 knots cruising speed at an estimated 1 litre/hour.

Vetus single lever engine control.

20 litre stainless steel fuel tank under the fore deck with flexible rubber fuel hose.

12 volt battery in a varnished mahogany battery box in front of the engine.

12 volt auto electric bilge pump.




Beta Marine 14hp 2cylinder diesel

Varnished mahogany engine box

20l stainless steel fuel tank

Vetus single lever engine control

Auto electric bilge pump

Portable manual bilge pump

Rudder and tiller

Painted sole boards

Triangular cushion for forward thwart




Full specification and details available upon request





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.