Designed and built by Percy Mitchell in 1971 for the present owner, she has been used for a bit of light rod fishing ever since has never been a commercial fishing boat. Recent major refit with all new steamed timbers through the forward half of the boat, new paint, antifoul and engine service so she is ready to go. The galvanised road trailer is in good condition and with this she can be easily towed behind a family car. At 16'6" this is a nice size boat, manageable in harbour and small enough to be launched and recovered with the trailer, however she is also a very good and more than capable sea boat.
Contact: Richard Gregson: 01803 833899. 07886 081657
Wooden Ships Comments
A nice Percy Mitchell launch, built by Mitchells yard in Portmellon in 1971 for the current owner who has used her for near shore rod fishing ever since. She is a typical Mitchell design with a slightly raking stem, nice sheer line and a transom stern with just the right amount of tumblehome. The underwater shape is quite fine at the bows for a smooth entry, quickly filling out to a full bilge with a sharp turn giving her good buoyancy and stability.
Recently given a major overhaul by a local shipwright with all new steamed timbers through the forward half of the boat. She has been painted, antifouled and the engine serviced so she is ready to be towed away on her galvanised road trailer and used immediately. This is a stable and practical boat, an ideal size for river use and capable of heading out to sea for the day if required.
Carvel planked in 5/8" Iroko all copper rivet fastened to steamed oak timbers. Usually these boats were only 1/2" planking so this is a more robust hull than the majority of small fishing launches. Oak back bone with a relatively deep deadwood aft to take the big propellor. Small bilge stringers to allow her to take the beach easily.
Rubbing strake around the bottom of the sheer strake plank. Small aft and foredecks of marine plywood construction, both new in recent years. Ample storage under the foredeck.
Large mooring cleat forward with bronze fairleads. Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder with an integral wooden bottom rudder support.
Aft and centre thwarts with lifting eyes built into the hull which was common practice when the boat was built.
6hp Yanmar diesel, single side cylinder model installed new when the boat was built. It has only about 150 hours from new and has been well cared for throughout its life.
Hand starting with gear control on a lever directly from the gearbox and separate throttle control. Stainless steel shaft to a 3 blade bronze propellor.
Fuel tank under the aft deck
2 Southford Road