New and Used Wooden Boats for Sale

Wooden boats are timeless and often elegant, whether it’s a traditional sailboat or a sleek motorboat. Both new and used wooden boats honor age-old seafaring traditions, as well as offering one of the smoothest rides of any boat. Search for wooden boats for sale by style, age, price point, or len... learn more about Wooden Boats

51 New and Used Wooden Boats

Custom Built Wooden Cruiser

Used

40.03 ft.

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1964

Yarmouth (United Kingdom)

Yarmouth Yacht Brokers

Tilapia is a Custom Wooden Cruiser that was built in Upton, Poole in 1963. She's a carvel-built wooden twin-screw motor cruiser, driven by two independent diesel engines. Inclu...

Custom Wooden Motor Yacht

Used

27.0 ft.

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2014

Portland (United Kingdom)

Boatpoint

This custom-built Wooden Motor Yacht was finished in 2014 and was drawn along traditional Dutch double-ended designs. Built by Dartmouth boatbuilder Brian Pomeroy. Wood Goose catches the eye ...

50M Custom Wooden Yacht

Used

164.04 ft.

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2020

Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Bush & Noble International Yacht Brokerage

Full Description Upper Helm Station Helm Garmin VHF CAT engine display x 2 Garmin touch screen GPS Rudder angle display Garmin autopilot Tri-Deck Area Teak deck Hardtop Storage locker...

Comitti Wooden Boats VENEZIA 25 CLASSIC MAHOGANY

Used

25.75 ft.

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2023

Lago di Como (Italy)

Valbroker

A well-known model from the Italian shipyard, sporty and elegant at the same time. of sportiness and elegance. It offers a clever cockpit layout, with a high level of finish thanks to the exclu...

PTS 26

PTS 26

P.O.A. *

New

26.67 ft.

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2023

Henley on Thames (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

A contemporary weekender A contemporary weekender hybrid or diesel A classic Pettersson style design built in Holland and based on one of the most revered Swedish yacht designers from the ...

JS White Lifeboat

Used

46.49 ft.

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1925

KENT (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

Built in Cowes by the venerable J.S. White in 1925 as an RNLI lifeboat, Mary Scott has had a long and distinguished career. However for the past few years which one might name 'her retirement' ...

Broom Boats River Boat

Used

23.2 ft.

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1961

Henley on Thames (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

Kyrenia was constructed as Kyrenia of Brundall in 1961 at the venerable yard of Broom boats in Brundall. This particular design was known as the Broom Robb and was a popular family cruiser with...

wooden Yawl Motor Sailer 38m.

Used

124.67 ft.

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2000

Greece

Nikos O. Papadakis International Yachts Sales & Charters

Unique Mega Motor Sailer, fully refitted in 2004. With her sail area of 1.200 sq. meters, this classic motor sailer has an incredible sailing performance, and, with her wide beam, is extremely ...

Davinci 34HT

Davinci 34HT

$148,522 *

Used

33.5 ft.

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2008

Chertsey (United Kingdom)

TBS Boats

The Davinci 34HT is a rare boat to come to the market in the UK and offers the beauty of a classic craft from a bygone era with modern Yanmar diesel engines. Sorobon is well ap...

Coves Boats Clinker

Used

15.88 ft.

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1960

Ashore Salcombe (United Kingdom)

Devon Boat Sales

Coves built launch for sale lying Salcombe, Devon. Justinis a lovely little launch built by the well renowned Coves Boat Yard in Salcombe. She is a wooden launch and has beenmaintai...

wooden Sailing Yacht

Used

26.02 ft.

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1953

Neyland, Pembrokeshire (United Kingdom)

Boatshed

Boatshed Wales are delighted to introduce to the market this one off 26 foot, mast head sloop. "Carefree of Christchurch" is a beautifully constructed and extensively refurbished 26 foot w...

Hallberg-Rassy P 28

Used

28.25 ft.

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1962

Oban (United Kingdom)

Mark Cameron Yachts

The Hallberg P28 was in production between 1955 and 1973 with a total of 536 examples leaving the yard over this 19 year period. During the production run several changes were ...

Traditional Greek Wooden Motor Sailer

Used

58.73 ft.

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2005

Greece

Nikos O. Papadakis International Yachts Sales & Charters

Traditional Greek Wooden motor sailer 17.90m maintained in very good condition by professional crew. A single-masted 15 meter barque, hismainmast carry 3 sails. The ship was built in 2005 in Gr...

PTS 24

PTS 24

P.O.A. *

New

24.02 ft.

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2023

United Kingdom

Henley Sales and Charter

The all new PTS 24 by Statement Marine We first started talking about the new, smaller PTS model more than 18 months ago and now here it is. Originally it was going to be 22 feet when we had ...

Hornby of Wallasey Motor Sailer

Used

22.01 ft.

|

1937

Chertsey (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

The joy with any vintage boat is of course partly in the historic research. Sometimes this proves to be an impossible task. However on this occasion the current owners, and indeed saviours, of ...

Jack Powles Cruiser

Used

31.99 ft.

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1937

Windsor (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

How lovely to come across a cruiser where the owners have taken the trouble to track the history right back to the nineteen thirties and even more delightful is the fact that she bears the name...

Andrews boats Slipper Stern Launch

Used

25.0 ft.

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1962

Beale Park (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

What a delightful name for a slipper stern launch and one which this boat has had since leaving the yard in 1962 behind the Andrews family tractor which was taking Windflower to the station to ...

Custom wooden motor sailer 35m.

Used

0.0 ft.

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2005

Greece

Nikos O. Papadakis International Yachts Sales & Charters

A beautiful custom made traditional wooden motor sailor that was launched in 2005. She is in excellent condition, elegant and spacious. A masterpiece of craftsmanship,beautiful mahogany wood in...

Leo Robinson Gentleman's launch

Used

33.99 ft.

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1934

Henley on Thames (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

Natasha is a very rare and beautiful 'belle epoque' gentleman's launch with exquisite stained glass windows throughout the cabin. Natasha is a very rare and beautiful 'belle epoque' gentleman...

Andrews boats Slipper Stern Launch

Used

25.0 ft.

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1959

West Berkshire (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

Swanella - reduced for a quick sale An Andrews 25ft slipper stern launch which has been maintained over the years by its two owners, one of whom is now the President of the Thames Vintage Boa...

Frazier River Boat

Used

39.01 ft.

|

1936

THAMES (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

How many vessels can witness their original builder coming on board aged over 90 at the helm of a boat built by them decades earlier? Merita is one of these rare birds, built in Falmouth and re...

Comitti Wooden Boats VENEZIA 25 CLASSIC TEAK

Used

25.75 ft.

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2023

Lago di Como (Italy)

Valbroker

The Venezia 25 is one of Comitti's "best-selling" models. Classy and elegant, the V25 is the perfect combination of sportiness and composure. Able to accommodate up to 8 people on board, the V2...

Osborne Motoryacht

Used

48.0 ft.

|

1947

Liverpool (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

Encountering Albaquila for the first time was a real 'wow' moment for me. This is a wonderful testament to British boatbuilding post war and to one couple's dedication to restore and preserve t...

Baycraft 19

Baycraft 19

$51,618 *

Used

20.67 ft.

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2022

Beale Park (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

When the Baycraft 19 first appeared at the Traditional Boat Festival in Henley on Thames she certainly turned heads. Here at HSC we are delighted to have been appointed as agents for the builde...

Patterson Fishing Boat

Used

20.01 ft.

|

2016

Henley on Thames (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

The ultimate day fishing boat or all year round cuddy cruiser When a lake dwelling fishing enthusiast wanted the ultimate stable spacious boat to fit in his boathouse he designed Matilda with...

Frolic 21

Frolic 21

$12,856 *

Used

21.0 ft.

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1995

United Kingdom

Henley Sales and Charter

A Frolic 21 electric dayboat with canopy and inlaid wooden decks A Frolic 21 electric dayboat with canopy and inlaid wooden decks Harrow is a Frolic 21 built by the Steam and Electric Laun...

Electric Canoe

Used

25.0 ft.

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1907

THAMES (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

Princess Beatrice has been with the same owners for many many years. Like many well loved classic boats she has become like a cherished family member. However advancing years suggests a prudent...

Andrews boats Day Launch

Used

25.0 ft.

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1952

Beale Park (United Kingdom)

Henley Sales and Charter

Every few years an Andrews Day Launch comes onto the market, and this one is a really first rate example of the genre full of original period detail. Glenelg has been cared for during the long ...

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ABOUT WOODEN BOATS

Wooden boats are timeless and often elegant, whether it’s a traditional sailboat or a sleek motorboat. Both new and used wooden boats honor age-old seafaring traditions, as well as offering one of the smoothest rides of any boat. Search for wooden boats for sale by style, age, price point, or length to find the perfect one.

 

Main Characteristics of Wooden Boats

Wooden boats have always held a special place in sailor’s hearts, and they’re steeped in tradition and heritage. Wooden boats come in all styles and sizes, from tiny wooden rowboats up to ocean-going galleons. While materials such as fiberglass and aluminum are today most widely used in boat-building, there are still manufacturers building new wooden boats combined with modern technology and engineering. And with classic models to be found on the used market, owning a wooden boat is certainly achievable.

While wooden boats often need considerably more maintenance than those built of other materials, they are renowned for offering a soft ride thanks to the natural shock absorbing and flexible properties of timbers such as teak and mahogany. The interior of a large wooden boat can also be much quieter than composite or aluminum boats going through the waves.

 

Types of Wooden Boats

 

Wooden Sailboat

Wooden sailboats run the gamut of styles and sizes, from 12-foot sloop to large cutter and everything in between. While the majority of wooden sailboats today are classics, there are still some companies building new models including boats ranging up to superyacht size (100 feet long) using a combination of cold-molded/epoxy wood construction with judicious use of carbon fiber. Large ocean-going cruising yachts will have cabins, galleys, and heads, as well as navigation equipment, while gaffers, with their long bowsprit, and sporty keelboats are typically day cruisers or racers.

 

Wooden Runabout

Sleek and elegant, wooden sport boats or runabouts glide effortlessly across lakes such as Michigan, Como, and the French Riviera. Whether made by Riva, Chris-Craft, or others, they are head-turners reminiscent of classic cars, often with twin or triple cockpits, long, slim lines, and high-end finishings and leather upholstery. Modern versions can be combined with electric engines for a quieter, smoother ride.

 

Wooden Cabin Boat

Wooden cabin cruisers were popular styles in the early 1900s, with brands such as Chris-Craft building models around 28 feet that allowed for protection from the elements in the small cabin. Other types, such as small clinker cabin boats can be found all over the world and are especially traditional in the Mediterranean countries where they were built as (and are often still used as) coastal fishing boats. They are ideal for coastal cruising as well as being popular features on rivers and inland waters.

 

Wooden Trawler Boat

Today trawler boats offer stability and comfort, with plenty of interior space and excellent long-range seakeeping abilities. Classic wooden trawler yachts are a slice of heritage, harking from a time when they were used as fishing vessels designed to withstand harsh sea conditions. Today they are often sought after as liveaboard vessels due to their modest prices, albeit a large amount of maintenance may be required.

 

Best Wooden Boat Brands

Wooden boats fall into two broad categories; classic models and new-build boats. Classic or used wooden boats can be highly collectible, especially those from prominent boat-builders. Brands such as Chris-Craft, who are still in operation today with their selection of luxury fiberglass bowriders and sports boats, were once one of the most highly regarded builders of wooden motorboats in the early 1900s. Century Boat’s classic mahogany runabout inboards are sought-after too, as are Italian brand Riva’s classic wooden models. When it comes to classic wooden sailboats brands such as Spirit and Herreshoff stand out.

 

There are a few dedicated brands still building wooden boats combined with modern engineering and innovation. Swiss brand Boesch builds a range of exquisite sports boats (some with electric engines), as do HackerCraft with their timeless sport and racer models. Other brands include Streblow, Grand Craft, and Shearline, whose unique range of custom wooden sportfishing boats stand out from the crowd. When it comes to new wooden sailboats, brands such as British-based Spirit Yachts, Artisan Boatworks (Maine), and Working Sail are just a handful of brands keeping the centuries-old traditions alive.

 

Why Choose a Wooden Boat?

The main reason to own a wooden boat is to honor the traditions it represents, and to be part of a group of people preserving that centuries-old seafaring heritage. They are often beautiful vessels, can offer a smooth ride, and turn heads wherever they go. It’s important to keep in mind that wooden boats need a lot more upkeep and maintenance than boats built from modern materials, and they also cost considerably more to purchase and insure.

 

Should I Buy a Wooden Boat?

Wooden boats are a commitment, and owning one involves ensuring it is well-looked after and has a very regular maintenance schedule. There is a prestige and joy that comes with owning such a beautiful and timeless vessel, but wooden boats, whether new or used, are best suited to experienced boat owners and not ideal first-time boats unless DIY work already comes easily to you.

 

This article was written by Samantha Wilson in February 2024.

 

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