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A 1945 ‘River Class’ Launch built for the Royal Army Service Corps by The British Power Boat Co. of Hythe, Southampton


Boat Details

Overall Length: 44ft 6ins
Waterline: 41ft 10ins
Beam: 13ft 6ins
Draught: 3ft
Displacement: 9.25 Tons
Engine: Twin 135 hp Daewoo Diesel Engines
Berths: 8/9
Sail: n/a
Designer: RACS
Builder: The British Power Boat Co.
Year Built: 1945
Location: West Country

‘Coquet’ is one of about forty River Class Launches built for the Royal Army Service Corp for general military duties which included VIP transport and target towing, many were shipped to outposts around the world.  About eleven or twelve examples are known to have survived and ‘Coquet’ must be one of the best available following a comprehensive restoration and refit.

‘Coquet’ has an interesting service history which began on 27th October 1945 when she was delivered to 42 WT unit in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.  She was transferred to Portsmouth later that year and seconded to 615 WT Coy.   On 3rd July 1948 ‘Coquet’ was transferred to Plymouth and 644 WT Coy.  From 1948 to 1957 she served with 23 WT Coy and 1957 to 1958 71 WT Coy.  Up to 1960 she became a WTT Training Coy at Yarmouth, IOW, then transferring to 71 WT Coy between 1960 and 1962, thence land cradled at Hilsea until de-commissioned in 1963 and sold to Mr H Trollope of Swansea.  The current owner discovered ‘Coquet’ in Cornwall where she had been taken by H Trollope to take part in film work.  After the film contract fell through ‘Coquet’ , still largely in original condition with her Perkins S6M engines became neglected.  In May 2003 she was brought around the coast to North Devon to start a full two year back to bare wood restoration.  New machinery, engines, gearboxes, shafts, electrics, navigation equipment, hydraulic steering, galley and systems were replaced professionally.  Following the full refit ‘Coquet’ spent the summer months on trips to West Wales, Scilly Isles, North Devon to Dover and a two month trip through the French Canals.

Double skin mahogany construction, copper fastened to oak timbers and frames.  Sheathed marine-ply decks.  Long keel, transom stern, raked flared bow, hard chine, semi-planing hull.

FORE LOCKER: Rope / Chain stowage, deck hatch and escape hatch from foreward cabin.

FORE CABIN: Settee / bunks to accommodate four.  Drop-leaf table.

GALLEY: Stainless-steel sink unit, fridge, microwave, gas cooker with oven and grill.

HEADS COMPARTMENT: Marine WC, shower, wash basin, pressurised water system with hot water via port engine and immersion heater.

WHEELHOUSE: Port helm position with instrumentation and console, morse engine controls. Icom m601 VHF radio, Raymarine C12 chart-plotter / radar / scanner. Raymarine auto-pilot, Navico DL 150 speed log, 12 & 24 volt fuse box. Gas bottle stowage locker, chart table plus chart storage locker, clear-view screen.  Helmsmans seat and further seating for five converts to make a single pilot berth.

AFT CABIN: Berths to sleep four, access to hot water calorifier, space for small freezer, escape hatch, 255 litre fresh water tank with pressure pump.

ENGINE ROOM: Twin Daewoo LO 34 TIM 135 hp diesel engines with turbo charged intercooler all supplied by Watermota of South Devon.  Low hours. TK 190 gearboxes with flexible couplings, new stainless-steel shafts, origina; propellers.  2,300 watt power inverter, six engine room fans, mains battery charger, 2,300 watt petrol generator in cabin top locker, shore power hook-up, seven batteries, additional 12 volt alternator on the port engine for domestic battery charging.  Approx. four and a quarter gallons per engine per hour.  About 18 knots cruising and 20 plus knots maximum speeds.

AFT COCKPIT: Canvas canopy, Vetus steering ram under floor, two Racor spinners filters with water sensors for engine fuel.  Marine WC.

AFT DECK: Two new alloy 350 litre diesel fuel tanks below, steering linkage and stowage space.  Five auto electric pumps with manual settings controlled from wheelhouse plus three manual pumps for each compartment.

FLYBRIDGE: Manual steering, auto-pilot repeater, separate chart plotter, helm seat, six further seats over stowage lockers.

INVENTORY: Anchors, warps, fenders, Zodiac 8 man life-raft, Nassa clipper navtex, Mcmurdo E P I R B with auto release built in GPS.  Tender davits, adjustable bathing platform.


‘Coquet’ is an extremely fine example of the RASC launches which played their significant part in our military / naval history.  Sympathetically updated she is now ready for extensive cruising or with her large volume as a live-aboard.  The owner could arrange delivery by sea or transporter at cost.

Lying: North Devon
Viewing: Through the brokers: CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE Tel: 01905-356482 / 07949-095075
Guide Price: Sold.