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Naming and launch of Thea


Thea Wooden Motorboat

Thank you to everyone who visited the marina on Saturday 3rd December to be a part of the naming and launch of Thea; the final boat ever to be built on the site of what was Dartmouth’s last industrial shipyard, Philips Shipyard. 

Designed and built from scratch by retired boat-builder Tom Owen and his wife Lorraine, the wooden 9.2 metre motorboat took the couple three weeks to design, followed by an eighteen month long build – equating to some 9,000 work hours.

The afternoon ceremony was attended by over 100 of Tom and Lorraine’s family and friends, including Lorraine’s brother former senior British Royal Navy Officer, Rear Admiral Philip Lawrence Wilcocks and his wife Kym who carried out the naming ceremony.

A great day to formally name and launch Thea, owners Lorraine and Tom Owen were overwhelmed with the support received from attendees and said: “The success of this project has depended heavily on the help and enthusiasm we have received from our family and friends.  We would like to particularly thank the staff and management of Premier’s Noss on Dart marina for their unfailing support and genuine kindness, including that of the Premier’s CEO Peter Bradshaw”. After the ceremony, guests celebrated with a glass of bubbly (or two!) and refreshments.