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I finally got my motor launch. (adding to my fleet!)


A  Bristol Pilot 15, built by Gull of Bristol in 1970 called “Sea-Kindly”.img_4902

We picked her up in August this year, 2016 in  Portsmouth NH.


She is in great condition , considering the age, she was re-engined in 1991 with an 18hp Westerbeke to replace the 22hp p6 Palmer 4 cyl gas marine engine. This is probably what saved her. I expect most of these were scrapped or lost when the cost of engine replacement was way more than a new aluminum skiff and outboard. Probably hard to justify if you were not attached to the boat. I think the original owners did the replacement when parts got hard to get for the Palmer. Now there are new water cooled exhaust elbows available for the Palmers gas engines as they become classics.

The ‘new’ engine is a 2 cylinder diesel , electric start, freshwater cooled with heat exchanger. Its a 20B by Westerbeke,Ma, a maranization of a  Mitsubishi tractor engine. (tractor engines are often used for marinanizing). The gentleman I bought it from had rescued it and done a great job fixing it up from a forlorn  state. He replacing the freshwater pump and a few other things. He also fixed up the underwater hull and a bent rudder which is probably why it was sitting unused in Marblhead.


Below is the Diesel Westerbeke 20B , 18hp.


The original engine probably looked something like this, below.


This Palmer engine is from the only other one I have seen when it was forsale in FL.


At its new slip.


The cool instruments in the back of the engine cover.


Not sure where this came from but it does have a lot of information. I have tried to find the builder but can find nothing on the web and without a street address its a bit of a dead end unless somebody knows more.

There is very little wood in this fiberglass launch which is a good thing  and has lead to its longevity,as I have found over the years of fixing boats that it’s the wood in the fiberglass boats in particular that rots out. When I was building boats in the late 70’s -early 80’s I remember ‘ encapsulating cheap wood  in resin and thinking that will keep it protected forever , Ha, how wrong is that! To do a good enough job would take a lot of care and attention to detail not usually found in the boat factory labor that would put up with the smell and iche of fiberglass production work. Fortunately it never bothered me.


The manafacturers plate attached to wood shelf in the aft locker.