16 planks on 16′ traditional clinker boat. Steaming frames next.


Well that’s all the planks on the 16′ clinker sea boat that I’m building. The timber I’m using has worked out pretty good and the sweep of the tree fitted the sweep of the planks quite nicely. It’s not until the last or Sheer plank goes on that you can really see how the boat will look. In the photo above the final tweaking of the sheerline is still to be done. I needed to lower the aft end of the sheer to make the planking lines look sweet. That fine high bow will be perfect for keeping my crew dry when we’re beating into a good West Cork chop.

I also tarred the bilge of the boat so that it will be well protected from any water ingress. This is a little overkill but I’ll be keeping the boat in a tree lined creek where the falling leaves in the autumn can collect in the bilge and create a veritable wood rotting soup.

Next up is the steaming in the oak ribs. I have them shaped and soaking in water outside. Thankfully they didn’t blow away. It’s been a bit breezy here the last couple of days.

If you would like to discuss having your own boat built, repaired or restored please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, at +353 28 38973 or +353 86 1586937.

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


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