Bevel cutting on 16′ open experimental traditional sea-boat


Here’s a shot of cutting the keel bevel of the 16′ open sea-boat. I probably should have set the boat up on a better strongback but I had this one in the yard and it’s nearly perfect. I used the adze to rough out the bevel and then used a slick ( big wide chisel with a long handle besid adze head) and handplanes to smooth it off. Eagle eyed readers can see I’ve snookered myself into a problem at the transom. I’m hoping some creativity can get me out of it. I’ve yet to cut the transom bevel in this photo. I could have cut both of these bevels before setting the molds up by using the lofting plan, but I didn’t have full confidence in it . In hindsight I should have as it would have been a lot easier. The slope of the transom will continue down into the deadwood and the fixing holes will be covered by the external sternpost from which I hope to hang the rudder without having to make a metal pintle and gudgeon. How will I do that? All will be revealed, it’s an idea I’ve borrowed from James Wharram .

Why not contact Tiernan Roe, about having your dream boat built phone +353 (0)86 1586937 or email

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

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