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Brookes 1929 Open River Launch

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Boat REF# 30376
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 6.77m (22'3")
Year 1929
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Engine 1 x petrol 10hp, Morris Vedette 4 Cylinder (1950)
Lying Norfolk


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Extra Details

Designer JW Brooke & Co Limited
Builder JW Brooke & Co Limited
Lying Norfolk
Fuel capacity 6.5 ltr (1.4 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x petrol 10hp
Engine make and model Morris Vedette 4 Cylinder (1950)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade prop
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.0 ltr (0.7 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 4 knots
Max speed (approx) 5 knots

The Morris Vedette engine can be electric or hand started. The owner also has in his possession the original Brooke Empire engine which is stripped and awaiting a rebuild.


LOA 6.77m (22'3")
Beam 1.78m (5'10")
Draft Min 0.46m (1'6")
Draft Max 0.46m (1'6")

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 1 batteries charged by: engine


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Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

This boat was built in 1929 by Brooke in Lowestoft as a yacht tender. The boat remains as it left the yard in 1929, comprising wood carvel construction of English Oak and American Elm framing, with larch planking and teak trimmings. The keel, stem and other structural components are constructed from English Oak.


As an open launch the boat offers comfortable seating for 6 persons, from an aft bench seat, a centre seat and a number of free standing chairs

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

All-over cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick

1 anchors
(Mud Weight)
5.00m (16'5") of warp
The boat comes with 8 traditional rope fenders

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This boat defines the word classic. It is not simply the age of the boat but it is the fact that we know everything anyone could want to know about her as a result of the owner’s research. We have original specifications from 1929, the original entry from the builders accounts records and a list of owners since new.
So what about the boat itself? A 1929 open launch originally built as a yacht tender. The boat is as original now as the day it left the yard. The current owner is still in the process of preparing the boat for the season, and our photographs show this.
This boat will continue to turn heads whether it remains cruising the Norfolk Broads or finds a new home on the Thames, either way it offers a real slice of boating history for its new owners.
The boat now has a full BSS Certificate.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Brookes 1929 Open River Launch has been personally photographed and viewed by Will of Boatshed Norfolk. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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