First Steps in Building Of Catbird 16 foot Sharpie.

Here are a few photos of the first steps in building a wooden 16 foot sharpie sailing boat. First the wood for the chines, inwales, and keel are jointed and planed to thickness. Here I’m checking them for square and straightness.

Checking wood for 16 foot sharpie sailboat custom built by Roeboats, Co. Cork

Then I have to mark out the frames on the sheets of half inch plywood. I nested the frames as best I could on the sheets to reduce wastage. This was fairly easy to do as as the sharpie hull shape is very economical with materials. One of the reasons that it has remained a very popular traditional hull form. Perhaps more boats should be flat bottomed wooden boats. Of course more boats should be wooden boats. Marking out the frame material for a 16 foot sharpie sailboat custom built by Roeboats Co.Cork IrelandThen the frames had to be cut out with a hand circular saw and a guide rail. I did use a jigsaw in some locations but the circular saw is much quicker and leaves a straighter cut.

Cutting out the frames fro a 16 foot wooden sharpie sailboat custom built by Roeboats Co. Cork IrelandWell that’s all you are getting to see so far. We actually seem to be having some Summer weather here in Ireland for the first time in years and it is getting very very hard to stay in the workshop and not just go sailing.

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Roeboats to build Karl Stambaugh Catbird 16 Lug sail day boat

catbird16_yawl wooden daysailor built by Roeboats, Cork Ireland for saleRoeboats have been commissioned to build a 16 foot sharpie designed by Karl Stambaugh. The owner will be finishing her himself so she’ll leave the workshop without paint, rigging or sails. Hopefully I’ll get to sail her at some point. The lug rig should prove powerful and versatile and it looks pretty good too. The finished boat will be sailed on Galway Bay where the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race will finish. I’ll be posting the building of the boat as it progresses so check back to see how I’m getting on or better still subscribe to the blog or Roeboats Quarterly newsletter which will have the inside info on all the goings on at Roeboats.

Roeboats, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, t:+353 (0)28 38973 m: +353 (0)86 158 69 37 e:roeboats@ymail.com

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