Wooden Ships Comments on this H.J. Mears and Son Motor Launch
Newly built motor launch from the well known yard of H.J. Mears and Son in Axmouth, east Devon.
This launch is nearing completion in the workshop but there is still time to customise the finish to an owners wishes. She has not yet been named so that will be the choice of her first owner.
A perfect size launch for river and coastal exploration, she is built to the lines of the east Devon beach fishing boats that have been launched at the yard for many years with some distinctive features that tell them apart.
Firstly the Mears boats have a central drop thwart comprising a large sawn oak knee on the inside of the hull each side fastened to a solid length of timber across the hull below the sole boards, giving a lot of rigidity to the hull without a central thwart impeding passage around the inside of the boat. The keel also has a marked rocker making the boat easier to haul up the beach as is the customary local way.
The high bow and sharp turn to the bilge mean she will be a dry boat with plenty of buoyancy and stability. Her Beta 14hp engine, due to be fitted shortly, will provide plenty of power to push local tides making her a capable coastal boat and not just confined to river use.
Clinker planked in mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Finished in varnish with a white boot top. Solid oak stem and keel with a mahogany transom. Stainless steel keel band. Usual Mears design with a drop thwart in the centre, comprising a large sawn oak knee on the inside of the hull each side fastened to a solid length of timber across the hull below the sole boards, giving a lot of rigidity to the hull without a central thwart impeding passage around the inside of the boat. Oak rubbing strake, douglas fir inwhale and a mahogany capping rail. Straight laid teak fore and aft decks over a plywood subdeck, seams paid with Sikaflex and finished in varnish. Varnished marin plywood bulkheads fore and aft. Solid douglas fir sole boards. Transom hung varnished mahogany rudder
Beta Marine 14hp twin cylinder diesel newly installed. Stainless steel shaft to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller. Stainless steel fuel tank of approximately 3.5 gallons under the aft deck. Standard fuel filter with water separator Single 12 volt 90ah battery charged from the engine alternator
Galvanised single axle road trailer customised to the boat Fenders and warps Munster Simms manual bilge pump 12 volt auto electric bilge pump Beta Marine 14hp diesel, brand new condition. Stainless steel fuel tank with fuel filter 90ah 12 volt battery
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