Wooden Ships comments on this Traditional Clinker launch 

Traditional launch believed built in Christchurch, probably mid 1960’s.

Length                         22’6”   (6.85m)

Beam                           8’8”     (2.65m)

Draught                       2’4”     (.7m)

Depth gunnell to sole boards approx 3’6”      (1m)

 

Construction

Traditional Clinker Launch

Hull. 

Clinker planked mahogany traditionally paid and fastened to steam bent oak timbers with copper nails and roves on an oak back-bone.

Transom stern with transom-hung rudder.  Steel tube tiller.

Wheel steering mounted forward with cables to under deck tiller arm.

Sampson posts in both aft corners.
Stem-head chain roller.

 

Decks and cockpit :

Painted  ply fore deck, fuel tank under, filler cap on deck.

Painted ply aft deck with enclosed locker under.

 

Midships thwart with engine box aft of it.

Seating down port side forward and aft of the midships thwart. Stbd side seating removed.

Aft thwart across the aft locker – removeable.

Mizzen mast fitted 2008

Lift-off ply deck cuddy forward over helm position..

 

Engine:                

Beta Marine 28hp diesel installed new in 1997 on new engine beds with conventional shaft drive to 3-blade centre-line bronze prop.

Engine box fitted at same time as the new engine.

Rope cutter and Elasto muffler on the exhaust fitted 2010.

Steel fuel tank under the fore deck, deck filler.

1 x 12v battery.

 

Equipment

Binnacle compass in a custom built box on the fore deck.

Garmin GPS 293 chart plotter

Eagle fish finder 245DS

2001 Spencer Carter hydraulic winch belt driven off the front of the engine running the capstan on the fore deck.

12v bilge pump on float switch fitted 2014

 

Custom built yard trailer with tractor tow bar. In the winter she sits on the trailer, blocked up to take weight off the tyres.

New 2014 tarpaulin cover.

 

History

Present ownership since 1975, road transported to Penzance and shipped to Scilly on the Scillionan.

Believed to have been built for the previous owner and used as a passenger ferry which might explain the under-land protection down the stbd side if she always came alongside stbd to.

The late owner was a well-known marine engineer in St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. He did the marine engineering on his boat with any wood work carried out by local boat builders.

Fitted out and used in present ownership as a pleasure fishing boat around the Scillies and fitted with a hydraulic winch in 2001 to lift the occasional pot.