Woodpecker of Poole

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Design No. 0062

Built for: A. A. Hall
Builder: Newman & Son, Poole, England
Date designed: 1948

Principal Design Data

L.O.A:  70’ 0″   (21.33 m)
Datum: 65’ 0″   (19.81 m)
Beam Max: 14’ 1″   ( 4.27 m)
Draft:  4′ 0″   ( 1.22 m)
Displacement tons:  24.75
T.M.:  55.15 tons


Had Laurent Giles never designed an ocean racer he would still have become famous for his beautiful motor yacht designs.

Woodpecker of Poole was built in 1948 for the owner of Samaki, he had intended to name her ‘Samaki Li’; 70ft long from stem to taff-rail, a light displacement motor yacht which has a displacement length ratio of 90.  She has a bold stem, with a good deal of flare in the bow sections and a wide sloping transom stern.  She has a fine, narrow, easily driven hull form with the longitudinal centre of buoyancy (L.C.B.) well aft with straight buttock lines and straight run aft.  Woodpecker bears little similarity to the Motor Fishing Vessels (M.F.V.) Giles had designed during the war, yet she retains the elegant workmanlike simplicity that her naval sisters had.


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Study Notes

13 page A4 format colour booklet containing small scale drawings and photographs as well as abridged construction specifications

Model Plans

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Full set of Stock Building Plans

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A replica of Woodpecker of Poole can be constructed using contemporary drawings developed from the  original 1948 drawings for wood construction for which full construction, engine seatings and outfit drawings will be provided.  If preferred we can supply drawings for strip plank construction.

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