Wooden Ships Comments on this coves launch
Coves Launch, built by Coves of Salcombe in the 1960’s, probably as a summer toy for a wealthy incomer to the town. Coves built hundreds of these launches over the years, some as private boats and some as fishing launches, but all were renowned for being very well constructed and very good sea boats. This is a typical Coves hull, usually found as an open launch, but probably under instructions from the original owner a small cuddy type wheelhouse was built to give shelter for the passangers.
An extensive refit in recent years has kept her in good sound condition. A perfect little boat for exploring the rivers and coasts, capable of taking a bit of weather if necessary but ideal for soaking up the summer sun.
Length overall 21’
Clinker planked in mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.
Steamed timbers are one long length thus stretching right across the centreline and acting as the strap floors.
Large sawn oak frame midships adds a huge amount of stiffness to the hull.
External iron ballast keel with galvanised keel bolts. Some internal ballast with iron pigs and sand bags.
Decks and cockpit
Decks of epoxy sheathed marine plywood on oak deck beams. Small forehatch set in the foredeck.
Cockpit sole is varnished larch boards laid on oak sole bearers. Varnished mahogany coamings all round.
U-shaped seating round the aft end of the cockpit with lockers under.
Varnished mahogany wheelhouse with a sheathed plywood roof. Provides shelter for the helm position and also gives good dry storage.
Handrails on the roof with a small wooden steaming light mast
Yanmar 2GM 20hp raw water cooled marine diesel. Approx. 250 hours, last serviced 2013.
Single lever controls with a stainless shaft to a 3 blade bronze propeller, gives 6 knots cruising speed at ½ gallon/hour.
2 x 12volt batteries for engine starting and domestic lighting. Both charged from the engine alternator and a 10W solar panel.
40 gallon plastic fuel tank under the aft deck. Filters with water separators fitted.
2m chain and 20m warp
Manual bilge pump
Auto electric bilge pump