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Coves Launch Project

(REF: 23645)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Coves of Salcombe
  • Year: 1946
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 16'

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Very pretty motor launch built by Coves of Salcombe in 1946, she was the first pleasure boat to be built by Coves after the War.  She was launched as Weald, named after the owners house in Portlemouth.  She worked as a hire boat for Tuckers Hire Boats for many years.

In the latter years due to the poor condition of the hull, it was sheathed externally in GRP to provide strength and give the hull a new lease of life.  The wooden part of the hull is in poor condition.  It would not be cost effective to think of this boat as a restoration project to be returned to her original timber construction.   She is a very pretty launch that has seen her best years, but the GRP will enable her to carry on being used and will keep her water tight.

No engine fitted, a new owner may wish to use an outboard motor for simplicity.



Clinker planked on steamed oak timbers.

Sheathed externally in GRP over the complete extent of the hull.  Evidence of soft timber under the sheathing in various places.

New gunwhales have been glassed onto the hull.







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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