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1950 47 (ft.) HERRESHOFF Custom Motor Launch

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General Information

Listing# 37261

Groveland, MA, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Antique and Classics
L. Francis Herreshoff
Custom Motor Launch
47 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details


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(LOCATION: Groveland MA) To call this custom Herreshoff Motor Launch rare piece of marine history would be an understatement. This is a one-off creation of marine legends, designer L. Francis Herreshoff, and builder Luders Marine. Built of mahogany, this 47’ motor launch began life in 1950 as an open cockpit, twin screw launch, with two cuddy cabins. Over the years she evolved including a 1979-1992 restoration that replaced almost all of the mahogany and added epoxy to insure durability. Much of the cockpit has been enclosed, features added, and she now has the comforts of home.

On deck we have 47’ of deck space beginning up front with a bow pulpit with tall rail, anchor, and windlass and ending aft with a canoe stern. In between we have lots of deck space with all original hardware, an enclosed cabin, and open cockpit with canvas enclosure. A ship’s wheel, compass, and engine controls are all that’s needed to operate this vessel along with a VHF radio, a concession to modern times.

Below we have double berths at the extreme ends of the vessel. In between there are two large hanging lockers, galley, u-shaped dinette, and an enclosed head with mirrored vanity and shower. Finished in mahogany with parquet sole there is abundant storage with everything easily accessible. Details include ship’s clock, overhead rod racks, and stained glass ports. The galley has mahogany cabinets, sink, range, and refrigerator. There’s a Dickerson wood/coal burning stove for chilly days and nights.

Freelance is powered by a Westerbeke W70 FWC diesel engine for dependable and economical operation. A Honeywell generator provides on-board electrical power. This one of a kind motor launch is available for someone who understands and appreciates unique vessels. Call now for more information on this 1950 Herreshoff Motor Launch.



FREELANCE is a custom-built, L. Francis Herreshoff designed, two-cabin yacht. Built by Luders Marine Construction of Stamford CT in 1950, she was a beautiful mahogany creation. Purchased by her current owner in somewhat disrepair, she began a long-term restoration from 1979-1992. Anything that could be replaced has been replaced. New mahogany, fixed with bronze screws and protected by epoxy coating has created a 99% new vessel. Completely fiberglassed over she has epoxy coated plywood decks under the fiberglass. Mahogany bulkheads and copper worm shoe are details that define her beginnings.
Forward V-Berth with Under-Berth Storage Hanging Lockers - Port and Starboard Two Companionways Enclosed Head with Shower Galley Stained Glass Opening Ports Dickerson Wood/Coal Stove U-Shaped Dinette Double Aft Berth
Three-Burner LPG Range with Oven Litton Microwave Oven AC/DC Refrigerator Galley Sink with H&C Water U-Shaped Dinette
Mast & Rigging
Aluminum Signal Mast Stainless Steel Rigging Cockpit Enclosure
Deck & Hull
Bow Rail Bow Pulpit Anchor Anchor Locker Electric Windlass All Original Hardware Open Cockpit Canvas Enclosure Canoe Stern
Mechanical & Electrical
1985 Westerbeke W-70 FWC Diesel Engine Hurth Transmission with 2:1 Reduction Twin Racor Fuel Filters Honeywell Generator Electric Head with Macerator Water Heater with Heat Exchanger Spare Shaft and Two Spare Propellers Triple Axle Custom Trailer
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.