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Nick Smith Launch

(REF: 18423)


  • Designer: Smith, Nick
  • Builder: Nick Smith
  • Year: 2010
  • Location: West Sussex
  • Length on deck: 16
  • Beam: 6
  • Draft: 1'6"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Nick Smith launch

A Nick Smith launch, Nick Smith is an experienced builder of wooden launches, based in Christchurch, Hampshire.  Inspired by the local working launches of Salcombe in south Devon, the straight stem, full bilge and sweeping sheer make her a very pretty and seaworthy boat.  Immaculate construction with not a single piece of plywood in the boat, she is a very complete package with everything needed to start exploring the creeks, rivers and coasts.  Custom made road trailer, all over cover and an as new Vetus 11hp diesel.  It is unlikely a better launch will be found unless a new boat is commissioned.

Construction      Nick Smith Launch     


½” mahogany planking on steamed oak frames, all copper fastened.  Stainless steel keel bolts.  120kg internal lead ballast.


Laid teak.   Tiller steering.   Bronze deck and stemhead fittings.



Vetus M2C5A202A 2 cylinder diesel, 11hp.  New 2009.  Very little use, flushed  through with fresh water and serviced  when not in use.   3 blade propeller.  Cruising speed 6 kts, max 9 kts.  Serviced each year, last serviced August 2014.



1 x 12v battery, engine charged.



Stainless steel fuel tank under the foredeck.




Trailer, made to measure   –  De Graff 2 wheel  galvanised in as new condition.   Freshwater flush to clean after launching in sea water.  Detachable docking arms.  Removable A bracket to bring down to 16’ overall.

Overall cover – made to measure.

Anchor, approx. 20lb.

2 metres chain.

Scrubbed and antifouled October 2015.

mooring lines with spliced looped ends (2015).

Fenders (2015)

Folding pole tri-colour navigation lighting (2015).

Secondary systems battery (2015)

Brass ensign stock on tiller head (2015).

Ensign and varnished staff (2015).

Brass clock (2015)

Auxiliary 12 volt power socket.

Selection of engine spares, impellor, v-belt, filters, oils and spare keys

New trailer spare standby wheel bearing.

Silva model 58 fixed compass (2015).

Stainless steel fold down emergency access step on lower transom (2015)

Garmin 50/200kHz 8 pin through hull transducer for optional data use (2015)

Brass vessel name lettering on transom, “Scribbler III” (2015)

1 Fire extinguisher.

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