Molds set up and planking lined off on 16′ traditional experimental boat.

IMG_2613Well here she is with the molds set up on the keel and the planking battens in place. I’ve described the boat as a traditional experiment in that the hull form got its inspiration from a mixture of Architectura Navalis from which I got the wineglass hull sectioins and American wherry’s from which I took the plank keel. With a few ideas of my my own, which are the real experiments hopefully they will be successful ideas. And that it will be built using traditional methods and materials.


It’s mostly working out O.K. so far. I’m in the process of fitting the garboard planks at the moment and as I had suspected it’s fairly straightforward but of course there are a few things need re-jigging. Mostly in the keel bevel (the angle between the keel and the first (garboard) plank) and planking run (how the side of the boat is divided into planks of visually equal widths). The wood I’m using is turning out to be all that research had suggested it would be. Stable, light, easily worked, flexible, resistant to splitting, it should also prove to be durable and when you apply linseed oil it looks good too. Everything you would want in a boatbuilding wood.

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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