Wooden ships comments on this Lug rigged launch
Built by Mears of Seaton as a fishing launch and like all the other small fishing boats of that area she would have been launched and retrieved from the beach, hence the reinforced stem which was used to attach the cable to.
A very large beam means she has a lot of space to offer and is a safe river and coastal boat. The new rig with simple lug mainsail helps to drive her or simply steady her in a sea. Thorough professional refit with a couple of new planks and new decks and gunnels. This is a very solid and sound boat with the scope to be used in many different roles.
Clinker planked in Larch, all copper rivet fastened to closely spaced steam bent oak timbers.
Three heavy sawn oak frames throughout the boat for rigidity and strength. Heavy oak backbone to make the boat strong enough for beaching as she was designed to do.
Decks and cockpit
Aft deck and foredeck have been replaced in recent years in laid Iroko with new heavy weight Iroko gunnels and rubbing strakes. Large Sampson posts on the quarters.
Heavy Sampson post on the foredeck with bronze fairleads. Large oak beamshelf across the aft end of the foredeck which takes the mast.
Sole boards in loose laid Iroko.
Simple lug rig on a keel stepped mast with a new tan mainsail. Small jib on a bowsprit.
There is no standing rigging which makes setting and using the rig very easy indeed.
Volvo Penta MD3 fresh water cooled marine diesel. New stainless steel shaft to large diameter 3 blade bronze propeller.
Single large 12v battery for engine starting, bilge pump and navigation lights.
25 gallon plastic fuel tank under the aft deck.
Anchor with warp
Auto bilge pump