Small craft

Beer Lugger

(REF: 25192)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: H.J. Mears and Son
  • Year: 1985
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Length on deck: 16'
  • Beam: 5'6"

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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”


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

Oak stem and keel with a mahogany transom.

Varnished mahogany aft and forward thwarts.

Normal Mears central drop thwart comprising a large oak knee either side and a transverse timber under the sol to provide rigidity without a thwart to impede movement around the boat.

Pine inwhale with a mahogany capping rail.

Plywood aft deck and plywood bulkhead.

Transom hung rudder on a sliding stainless steel hanging system to allow the rudder to be lifted when coming into shore.


Standing lug rig on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast.

Hollow alloy lug yard.

Loose footed mainsail in tan terylene.


Beta Marine 10hp twin cylinder diesel, rebuilt in 2021 and appears as new.

Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller

Plastic 33 litre fuel tank under the aft deck with water separator fuel filter.

Single 12 volt battery charged from the engine alternator.


Custom built galvanised road trailer with spare wheel, new in 2021.

Light board and straps for towing

All over cover

Mainsail and spars

Rudder and tiller

Beta Marine 10hp diesel engine

12 volt battery

Manual bilge pump

Electric bilge pump

Warps Fenders

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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.

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