Slipper Stern Launches

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Slipper stern launches are a quintessential tradition of the Upper Thames, synonymous with the elegant boating scene of Henley on Thames.

At Peter Freebody & Co we specialise in the construction of new launches and the restoration of original craft. We aim to combine the essential craftsmanship and tradition of the past with a few touches of modern convenience to make your craft not only a work of art in itself, but something that generations of your family will enjoy.

When you decide to commission a new craft, or restore an original one, there is simply no such thing as a 'standard' model.

Every slipper stern launch we build is completely unique. But, there are a few key decisions you will need to make first and we hope that the information you find in the Specifications section website will help you along the way.

With these thoughts in mind you will find that visiting our yard at Hurley to discuss options and ideas is a vital part of the joy of commissioning your very own craft.

Baby Greyhound : 50ft Slipper Stern Launch

Press Library

Click to download this article from Watercraft 2007
Water Craft (2007) Issue 64
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'Mr Freebody's Subtly Superior Slippers' is the title of this article about our approach to maintaining traditional qualities in our new build slipper launches.

Click to download this article from  Motor Boat Yachting
Motor Boat Yachting (1997) Issue 2732
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An article following the story of two new slipper stern launches commissioned from our yard.

Slipper stern launches built by Peter Freebody & Co

Oui Oui Too (2009)
30ft electrically powered with
secondary forwar cockpit

Boswolow (2007)
30' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered

Whisper (2007)
28' Slipper Stern Launch
Electrically powered
For Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Lady Penelope (2006)
30' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered

Selene (2006)
29' Meakes Style Slipper Launch
Electrically powered

Boko (2006)
19' Slipper Stern Launch
Electrically powered

Sammy Lou (2005)
30' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered,
with Secondary Cockpit

Jessica (2003)
25' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered

Bunnybelle (2003)
30' Slipper Stern Launch
Electrically powered

Foreign Fun II (2001)
30' High Speed Slipper Stern Launch
6 Cylinder petrol engine
For Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Bessie (2001)
30' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered

Millennium (2000)
30' Slipper Stern Launch
Electrically powered

Merk III (2000)
2nd Replica Of Andrews
Prototype Slipper Launch

Watersprite (2000)
25' Slipper Stern Launch
Electrically powered

Breeze (1999)
30' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered

Quinta Lodge (1999)
25' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered

Seattle Slipper (1999)
30' High Speed Slipper Stern Launch
V6 petrol engine,
For Lake Washington, USA

Merk II (1999)
Replica Of Andrews prototype Slipper Launch

Bright Amber (1998)
25' Slipper Stern Launch
Electrically powered

Maverick (1997)
25' Slipper Stern Launch
Electrically Powered

Hellfire (1997)
25' Slipper Stern Launch
Petrol powered

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