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Salcombe Launch

The revival of the traditional Salcombe Launch

The traditional Salcombe launch is alive and well, and is having a revival at Stones Boatyard.

Getting Launches Back on the Water

In years past it would be a common sight to see the traditional Salcombe launch motoring up and down the Salcombe harbour fitted with the Brit or Stuart Turner engines. Cove’s boatyard had a large hire fleet, Cook’s had a fleet of Bass fishing boats with a boatman for hire, and boat rentals were available at various other locations around the harbour.


Sadly over the years the numbers declined, but since building the yard in 2004, we have been on a mission to revive these beautiful boats once more.

Restoring Iconic Clinker Launches

This 18’ traditional launch, designed by Ian Howlett and built at Stones Boatyard, is the perfect boat for exploring the creeks, enjoying picnics and barbecues, or for catching that elusive 10 lb sea bass. 


Built of Khaya mahogany on oak ribs, this is the ultimate clinker built launch, and an extremely seaworthy vessel.


If you are interested in buying a secondhand traditional launch, please see our ‘Boats for Sale’ section or call us to discuss your requirements.

Enquiry Form

If you would like to discuss the purchase or sale of a Salcombe Launch, give us a call today

on 01548 844122 or complete the contact form below.

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