optimist-201x300 Yes, that is me above, aged 3 in my first “boat”. I’m learning to row in the photo. I’ve loved being around boats and the water ever since. I really got the boat building bug after helping my father build a 8′ Optimist dinghy when I was 10. The freedom and responsibility a small sail bestows on a young boy is life changing.  As the old saying goes “A good start is half the work”. Well let’s hope this old saying or seanfhocail holds true.

Previous to moving to West Cork I worked in Berlin and Dublin as a special effects model maker making things like rubber armour and 9 metre/ 35′ Statues of Liberty for the top of Checkpoint Charlie on the old Berlin wall. Which was very interesting and used a lot of the skills needed in boatbuilding like mold making, fibreglass fabrication and some complex wood work; one project recreated the art nouveau interior of Maxim’s restaurant in Paris.

Roeboats is located just off the N71 in the Leam a Mhádra (dog’s leap) valley overlooking Roaringwater Bay and the Fastnet_Rock. The flash of the light house scans the workshop every five seconds. When the weather is clear and the waves aren’t breaking over the light. I’ve been living in this area for many years and as you can see it’s an easy place to stay in.

When I’m not working in the workshop I try to get out sailing as much as possible. That’s a little tricky with a young family, but he’s really getting into the sailing and loves visiting the islands of Roaringwater Bay. We are lucky to have some of the best small boat cruising grounds in Ireland, if not Europe stretching from the Mizen head, in the west, all the way to Kinsale in the east, right on our doorstep.

I’m always interested in talking to you about your current or future boat so why not give me a call +353 (0)28 38973 or contact me via www.roeboats.com

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