“Mallard” diesel or electric open launch

Open GRP clinker launch for lake or river

Inspired by the wooden clinker launches built by Maycraft in Norfolk, and indeed a whole generation of open day boats including the Norwegian fjord designs, Chris Edmondson has designed and built a very appealing contemporary classic.

Each launch can be crafted around the individual needs of its owners. However as standard is a choice of colour for the GRP clinker hull, bilge pump, horn, canopy, inlaid teak or mahogany decking, stainless steel fitting, leatherette upholstery and non slip floor covering. A solid wood table slides neatly in below the dash board and fits into the aft cockpit area. The forward seats swivel to allow everyone to enjoy eating and socialising together around the table. Optional rope fender and launching eye.

In the electric propulsion option the boat is fitted with a Vetus 2.2 kw water cooled electric motor paired with 2 x 170 Ah batteries which should give 6 to 8 hours running at cruising speed. Another pair could be added to double the cruising time. An outboard version is also in development currently and the first one should be available in spring 2016 using a Honda 20hp outboard.

This is a great little launch for river, lake or estuary. Classic Boat magazine featured the boat in an article in the January 2016 issue when she was launched directly from the trailer in straightforward fashion before going for a trial cruise on the River Bure. According to the journalist “Mayfly (as she is named) proved responsive with the electric motor giving her a good turn of speed while the hull created very little wash. She drew plenty of admiring glances”

Mallard in Classic Boat Jan 2016.

SPECIFICATION :

RAL colour GRP hull in mock clinker – customer’s choice at no extra cost

Solid mahogany deck inserts in GRP deck surround (colour of choice)

Winching eye to stem

Internal lockers and seating in varnished mahogany with aft steps to port and starboard

“Permateak” floor in choice of finishes

Bespoke wooden table with fiddle on removable leg

Choice of furnishing fabric from the Sunbrella range to cover bench seating

Wooden slatted removable forward seats with fitted cushions

Antifouling – colour of choice

Additional extras include signwriting

Choice of engine with outboard version having cut out well under aft deck.

Honda 20 hp petrol outboard with remote steering, electric lifting and petrol tank

3 kw inboard electric propulsion package to include on board charger and batteries

14hp Nanni diesel

PRICE FROM £24,450 ex VAT plus choice of engine