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Electric River Launch

(REF: 28569)


  • Designer: Iain Oughtred
  • Year: 1996
  • Location: Oxfordshire
  • Length on deck: 13'6"
  • Beam: 4'6"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Electric River Launch

Iain Oughtred Grebe rowing boat, professionally built by a retired boat builder in 1996 for his own use but never launched.  Purchased by the current owner in 1998 and professionally converted into a motor launch with electric propulsion by installing a Bosch motor and a 2 blade propeller.  Subsequently she has been used extensively on inland rivers and proved to be a very easy to use boat.

This is an immensely simple boat, light and pretty, easy to use and very practical.

Electric launches are becoming more and more popular for river use, this boat will get the new owners afloat with minimal fuss and with far less expenditure than some of the newer electric river launches from large boatyards.

Complete with the whole electric drive, road trailer and oars.


Length               13’6″

Beam                   4’6″


Clinker planked in mahogany faced marine plywood, all glued using West System epoxy.

Laminated mahogany stem and keel with a solid mahogany transom.  Bronze keel band that extends up the stem.

Mahogany inwhales and rubbing strakes with reinforced rowing positions.

Mahogany thwarts with laminated supporting knees.

Non slip painted pine sole boards in removable sections.

Transom hung rudder made from mahogany with an aluminium plate, supported at the heel with a stainless bracket.


Bosch 24 volt motor connected to the shaft with a toothed belt on a 4:1 reduction.  Motor is approximately 1KW.

2 x 75ah lead acid batteries charged with a 240 volt charger which is connected to the batteries when required, approximately an 8 amp charger.

Fully charged batteries give 2-3 hours of run time at 3-4 knots.

Voltmeter and ammeter built into the battery box casing to monitor power consumption.

Curtis solid state motor controls on the port gunwhale with variable speed, ahead and astern.

Stainless shaft with a bronze stern tub.  10” 2 blade bronze propeller.  Maximum speed of 6 knots.


Galvanised road trailer with winch

2 pairs of 8’ oars with rowlocks

2 x 75ah batteries

240 volt battery charger

Bosch motor and controller

240 volt battery charger

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