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A displacement craft, created along traditional lines, a design full of artistry and tradition combined with functionality and convenience. The carvel hull is built entirely by hand form the grey box keel up. Embracing traditional shipwright skills and using specifically selected timber along with copper and bronze as the raw materials. Every detail has been carefully considered and refined by the WBS team.

Evolving from the heritage of the sailing Couta boat, the Nepean Launch shows superb seagoing and handling characteristics. The expansive cockpit provides plenty of room for entertaining, fishing or simply relaxing. A range of options ensures each Nepean can be tailored to the requirements of the individual.

The 2016 Nepean Launch features the new Yanmar 4JH80 brought in exclusively to the WBS from Yanmar Japan, the 4JH80 suits the Nepean Launch perfectly, contributing to excellent displacement economy. Common rail, direct fuel injection results in less diesel consumption. Noise reduction is another focus where Yanmar engineers have been successful. The engine is compliant with EPA Tier 3 and EU RCD 2 (2016) emission regulations.

The WBS has now built over twenty Nepean Launches, “We feel that we can say that we have perfected them." Tim Phillips

  • Length: 30'
  • Beam: 11’4"
  • Draft: 3’1"
  • Displacement: 5 ton
  • Speed: 7.5 Knots
  • Engine: Yanmar 4JH 80HP
  • Two comfortable bunks with personal reading lights.
  • Solar panels on the roof allow the fridge to be left on year round.
  • African teak swim platform.
  • Bow thruster.
  • Enclosed head.
  • Automatic anchoring.

The Nepean Launch draws influence and style form Alec Lacco, an unheralded champion of boatbuilding in Australia. Just as the Lacco cabin cruisers became iconic to Port Phillips bay, the Nepean Launches have continued in their tradition becoming synonymous with the Mornington Peninsula.

Testimonial: Craige Lea, Tony Westcott

“We chose the Nepean because of the space, both in the cockpit and below decks which is ideal for our family. We enjoy the journey, are not in a hurry and love the solid feel of the displacement boat. Craigie Lea’s classical stylish lines and traditional nautical look make the boat a pleasure just to look at. With Craigie Lea as the latest in the evolution of the Nepean, we feel lucky to have the benefit of so many refinements.”

“We have used the boat extensively in the first 3 months and spent several nights on the boat at Queenscliff. I have just leased a berth in the Blairgowrie marina for the winter which offers great access and protection from the winter northerlies, this extends our boating season.”