Small craft

24′ West Country Fishing launch

(REF: 18413)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Dennis Squires, Boatbuilder
  • Year: 1970
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 24'

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Wooden ships comments on this 24′ West Country fishing launch

Built by Denis Squires, formerly of Porthleven Boatyard.  1970 approx.


24′ West Country Fishing launch


Carvel planked in larch, galvanised nail fastened to grown oak frames  – typical West Country fishing boat construction.


Decks and cockpit.

Open cockpit with loose laid sole boards, easily lifted for bilge access.  She was built with a small pillar-box wheel-house, subsequently removed and a deck fitted at stringer level midships over the engine leaving a cock-pit well aft and retaining the larger well area forward to work the hauler.  The decking served to bait pots etc.



Built with a Lister 2-cylinder salt water cooled engine, replaced recently with a second hand Lister Alpha 30hp, 3-cylinder fresh water cooled unit. The engine had a top check with head off and decoke.

A hydraulic unit to power the pot hauler is driven off the front end of the engine.

Usual belt driven alternator.

New steel engine beds fitted. With flexible mounts.

At time of writing this engine is in process of installation requiring the hydraulics connecting, pipe work fitting and a battery installing with electrical connections to the start panel.   It is now lined up with a new cutlass bearing.


Batteries Not yet fitted. Requires 1 x 12v but 2 batteries would be preferable.



Stainless steel fuel tank, approx 15 galls.




Mizzen mast and sail available but not fitted.





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