Rolling 16′ boat over for painting.

When I started this boat I stated that it was an experiment and so far it has been a successful experiment. For instance I choose to build the boat right way up mainly as this is the usual way to build a traditional boat. I now know that it would have been easier to build the boat upside down. The plank keel bevel would have been much easier to shape. I could have  steam bent the frames in place over ribbands a lot easier working alone than fitting them in after the planking was done. And it would have been easier to paint the outside of the boat.

But I didn’t! So here’s my preferred method of turning a boat, either alone or with help. The boat is resting on the ground at all times and the roll is under control throughout. I’ve even seen a video of a 50′ boat being turned this way.

Boat ready for turning

It gets worse kind reader once the boat’s painted I’ll have to roll it over again. Doh! In the foreground of the the photo above you can see the two detachable Keips or rowlocks that I’ll be trying out. I had to have them removable so that the articulated cockpit coaming/ splashboard could flip flat for hiking out. Once it’s assembled I’ll be posting pictures.

If you would like to discuss having your own wooden 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


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