A very fine example of the Scottish fishing boat now fitting out and available at any stage. 12’ Motor launch                                                                                                                  A rare and exceptionally fine little motor launch probably built pre-war as a tender to hang in davits from a large motor yacht. West Country Tosher.                                                             The Tosher is the generic name given to the small open fishing boats that worked the inshore waters of the Cornish coast.
6” x 4” sawn oak frames at approx 14” centres in single futtocks with oak cleats spiked on across the futtock butts. Approx 10 tons pig iron ballast with some concrete  midships from new to flush through the fish hold.
Frames taken up through the coverboards to form the stanchion posts to carry the 14” bulwark and capping rail. In a first stage of conversion by Weatherheads a steel casing has been built over the mid-ships area approx 2’6” high from the wheel-house forward to the step in the deck.
Wheel-house built in the first stage conversion  in angle-iron steel frame clad with plywood.
Original small mast in steel with steel supports mounted on the wheel-house roof takes signal flags and arials. Hydraulic pump belt driven off the front end of the engine to power the windlass and the hydraulic auto-pilot. The midships are, former fish hold, has a floor in loose boards and 6’6” head-room under the steel casing. Access to the engine room by a steel hatch against the wheel-house aft or through the bulkhead door from the hold. Insulated hot water cylinder with calorifier coil heated from the engine cooling water, plumbing in place to the hand basin forward by the  sea toilet.
Various papers held relating to her fishing days including a photo of the vessel with a torpedo on the deck. Hauled out ashore and under cover between February and April 2012 when the hull was stripped to bare wood, all under water seams raked out and recaulked. It is not often these days we see a largely unconverted Scottish fishing boat for sale – the decommissioning grants saw to that. This boat needs a lot of work to get her back to sound and fully sea-worthy condition, the major and obvious job being the replacement of the deck and most of the deck beams and stanchion posts. The old Kelvin engine is a beauty and will no doubt run for years with basic maintenance and the hull appears to be tight from below though there are holes in the deck with work in progress.
Midships hatch to the hold approx 6’ x 4’ with heavy timber coamings and steel checker plate lift-off lid fitted with an opening hatchway.
New Lewmar, flush-deck hatch on the port side deck in way of the wheel-house over the heads below.
Fore hatch currently removed from rebuild leaving a 2’6” square aperture port side forward. The net and trawl handling gear have been removed from the deck leaving the fish hold and the wheel-house.
Fitting out of the hold is nearing completion with 3 sleeping cabins, bathroom with a full sized bath, comfortable seating area, galley with Belfast sink, slate work surfaces, Raeburn and gas cooker.
After her providential conversion to a salty, globetrotting yacht, a noble old Scottish fishing vessel encounters another spot of luck. Back in 1993, Alan Buchan was a 61-year-old middle-ager, although the circumnavigation he’d completed a few years before had hardly diminished his youthfully buoyant seafaring spirit.


At 10 o ’clock, the two fishing boats Buchan had been waiting for ghosted into the harbor.
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Length This popular dinghy was designed by Jack Holt at the inspiration of the editor of Yachting World in the late 1950′s.
High bulwarks all round on close spaced oak stanchions, heavy capping rail and cavil bar, all painted with painted cover boards.
The aft cabin has been very nicely fitted out with a double berth, heads and shower and a wood burning stove. Standing on a long, work-worn commercial pier, he grimaced, then turned up his coat’s collar.
Each was a herring drifter, a hardy sort of watercraft typically built of wood at the time and designed to prosper in the infamously wicked weather of the North Sea. Had Buchan not purchased the old drifter on a handshake that afternoon, she’d have gone to the wreckers within months, her rock-solid Norwegian oak timbers and larch planking to be sliced to smithereens by crews with chainsaws. Making his new charge ready for an 18,000-nautical-mile voyage from Scotland’s coast to Skyline Marina in Anacortes, Washington, by way of Cape Horn, was likely to take several months, he surmised. Carvel planked, tight seamed, mahogany varnished inside, painted dark maroon outside, all copper fastened to small section steamed oak timbers. They are frequently given the name Mevagissey Toshers where so many of them were to be found. It was mid-November and blowing half a gale—a not uncommon happenstance for Scalloway, a little fishing town in the Shetland Islands, a far-flung Scottish archipelago with a distinctly Scandinavian climate. Because he was an American (albeit of Scottish descent) whose family was famously associated with a solidly terrestrial bread-baking business in Seattle, his quest to turn an old Scottish workboat into an oceangoing yacht seemed a bit strange to those he met along the way. Indeed, on that particular day in 1993, literally hundreds of Scottish trawlers and drifters had already been hacked to death by the British government, under intense pressure from the European Union to boost dwindling North Sea fish stocks by purchasing commercial fishing boats and then destroying them. The lug rig was the favoured rig for smaller inshore vessels with it’s effeciency and simplicity, earlier examples of this type were rigged with a single standing lug while later boats adopted the more modern gaff rig.
Nevertheless, Buchan and Radiant Star (along with a couple of friends for crew) took departure right on schedule, in mid-July of the following year. High bulwarks all round on close-spaced oak stanchions with cavil rail and heavy capping rail. Like all working boats they carried a single dipping lug being the simplest and therefore the cheapest to build and in practice the simplest to work, an ideal rig for a single man working his fishing lines while also sailing his boat.
The deck is straight-laid in Columbian pine, caulked and recently all seams repayed in pitch.Steel wheel house with steel mess cabin behind. She had a soulful something he connected with immediately, as well as an absolutely spectacular sheer line. Full suit of sails comprising new mainsail, mizzen, staysail, inner jib, outer jib all by Patrick Selman, Falmouth in 2000 in Clipper Canvas. A Government sponsored plan was put in place to rebuild the fleet and the gaff rig was adopted and became the acceptable rig. It seems likely that the smaller boats were not replaced being uneconomical and the slightly larger Hookers became more popular. These varied between 26’ – 28’ and had more potential and greater range, often worked by several men with a tiny cabin forward for over-night working. There are now few of these boats left, so many having no value and already tired from years of fishing have just reverted to nature from whence they came.


Her excellent road trailer and ability to take the ground makes her a economic yacht to run. Slatted sole boards in separate sections each side of the centre-line, secured between varnished centre and bilge runners. Work did not start until 1999, all carried out by Plymouth boat builder and surveyor, Bruce Isaacs and the boat was launched in 2002. She has a long iron ballast keel, straight stem and a transom thought by some to indicate her building in Looe rather than Mevagissey. Displ 13.5 tons This is a very robust construction with scantling slightly in excess of the designer?s spec – for example an 8?
A high level stringer was fitted about 3rd plank down A new beam shelf was fitted backed up by a heavy rubbing strake on the outside to give a strong edge to the deck. The skilled work has been carried out by Gweek Quay Boat Yard and Weir Quay Boat Yard with able assistance from the enthusiastic owners. Full head-room under a flush deck with ample space for 3 comfortable cabins, galley, heads and bathroom. Equipment includes radar, GPS, VHF, electric windlass, full Code safety equipment, full domestic equipment.
Built in Sweden in 1914 she worked carrying cargo around the Baltic and it is believed down to France.
She was sold out of trade into private ownership with a Danish family in 1964 and converted for pleasure use. A fire in 1984 resulted in some major rebuilding to the great benefit of the vessel and the present internal GA dates from this rebuild.
She passed into UK ownership in 2004 and has operated as a family-run charter vessel offering holidays afloat and sail training. Pair of heavy oak Sampson posts at the after corners of the cock-pit and another Sampson post on the fore deck take the mooring lines.
A rewarding experience for everyone who has participated over the years and a wonderful life-style for her owners. Massive galvanised iron stem-head fitting with chain roller to stbd Bronze fair leads forward and aft. Bronze mushroom vents on the fore deck and the aft deck to vent the fore peak and the lazarette. Main mast runners on single whips to cars on the sheet tracks, tails led through the coamings via bronze pulley-wheel fittings.
Locker doors in the vertical sides to the well to generous stowage under the side decks and access to aft.
Wide bridge deck between the well and the aft coach-roof which shelters the crew in the cock-pit. A Raeburn with hot water system and galley installed with slate work surfaces and Belfast sink.
Massive oak bronze-capped Sampson post on the fore deck takes the heel of the fixed bowsprit and the fwd mooring lines.



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