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Thames Day Launch - SOLD

  • Designer: Andrews
  • Builder: Andrews
  • Year: 1930's
  • Location Dorset
  • Length on deck: 36'
  • Draft: 18"


REF: 7490

Full Specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this Thames day launch

Built as hire boat for the Thames by Andrews yard in the 1930’s.  Found by the present owner partially sunk in a canal and taken by him to Peter Freebody for a thorough refit in 1974/75.  Freebody’s rebuilt the boat including the stern and  deckhouse to recreate a typical Thames gentlemans motor launch.

She has been in present ownership for nearly 40 years and has spent much of that time being used in Poole harbour showing she has the ability to take on more than just the gentle Thames waters.

A new engine was fitted a few years ago which has given her more speed and superb reliability.

An unusual boat with an interesting history, recently painted and ready for the summer.

Thames Day Launch




Planked in larch and mahogany fastened to a simple framework.  Stern built of moulded mahogany to create the well known stern of a Thames Launch.



Varnished mahogany top to give shelter from the elements.  Glaxed either side with doors fore and aft.   At the aft end is a sheltered cockpit.

The whole mid section of the boat is open up to the helm position forward.  The present owner had a varnished mahogany windscreen constructed to give shelter to the helm position.  This can be removed in a few minutes if desired for a sunny day.





Centrally mounted with a long shaft to the prop.  Ford 1.8 petrol engine marinised by Lancing Marine.  Fresh water cooled with a heat exchanger.  Gives the boat a top speed of near 20 knots in flat water.  The engine is so quiet it can hardly be heard running from the helm position.

Mechanical gearbox to stainless steel shaft and a 3 blade bronze propeller.



2 x 12volt batteries for engine starting, bilge pump and lights.



25l plastic fuel tank mounted under the foredeck with a filler on deck.




These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.


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