The Perfect Gift - SALE NOW ON

Hand crafted from the original plans, this authentic model slipper launch is a superb conversation piece, whether displayed in your home or office. Each model slipper launch  is supplied with a "Certificate of Authenticity" giving  provenance for the future. Measuring sixty centimetres long, each of our scale model boats can take up to seventy two hours to produce including drying time. The boats are created using mainly cedarwood and the attention to detail is astounding. Fittings are cast metal and are of exquisite quality. Four layers of paint and two layers of lacquer are applied. Presented on a display stand the model will make an excellent present for "the person who has everything", river lovers, boating enthusiasts or perhaps those who just appreciate fine design.  


Order your very own hand made model slipper launch today.

Each model boat is handmade by craftsmen and not mass-produced. We have only two models available. The limited edition (just twenty made) "Elegant Lady" which is a Wootton Slipper launch with navy/cream hull and white trim/upholstery. This is fully authorised and licensed by the original manufacturer Woottens of Cookham Dean and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

"Belmont" which is the private launch to the luxury hotel Cliveden House (where Meghan, Duchess of Sussex spent her last night before marrying Prince Harry). The model has a maroon/cream hull and burgundy trim/upholstery. The model is authorised by Cliveden House and is available at the hotel or through this website.


Please order in plenty of time for Christmas or birthday delivery.

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Elegant Lady - SALE NOW ON! was £495 now £350 limited offer

£350.00

(£10.00 shipping)

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(overseas shipping please contact us for a quote)

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Belmont - SALE NOW ON! was £595 now £450 limited offer

£450.00

(£10.00 shipping)

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

(overseas shipping please contact us for a quote) 

A brief history of Wootten Boatbuilding

Cookham Dean, Berkshire, England

 

Arthur Wootten was born in 1897; he was the son of a boat builder and had been involved with boats since the age of ten. Using a second hand shed, he began the family business with five pounds,  hiring out punts, skiffs and canoes.  In the twenties the founder's brother, Harry, a boat builder, joined the business. It was at this time the boat-building began in earnest at the yard.  Arthur Wootten senior died in 1943 and the business passed to his sons Arthur and Guy.  A large boat-building shed (which is still in use today) was erected in 1951. Apart from building river craft, they developed a boat rental business.

In 1952 Pat Wootten, the son of Guy, joined the yard at the age of fifteen. He had helped out from an early age ferrying visitors and helping in the yard. By the mid fifties, punting and skiffing had gone into decline as dinghy sailing become more popular. Woottens turned to building performance dinghies like the Flying Fifteen, Merlin Rockets and the National Twelve. In the nineteen eighties Woottens Boatyard introduced their slipper with the GRP hull bottom giving modern durability yet maintaining the timeless beauty of the boat. The skills of traditional boat building have never been in greater demand and Guy Wootten (son of Pat) joined the yard in 1987 after finishing his four year apprenticeship.  When Pat died in 1998, Guy took over the running of the yard and is now joined by his son Lee, being the fifth generation of Woottens to be working at Cookham Dean.  Few boatyards can boast an unbroken history of over 100 years on the same site, but five generations of Woottens have kept traditional boatbuilding alive at Cookham Dean. 

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Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Sunday: Closed

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