Planking Complete?


Is the planking finished? Well all the planks are now on, so I suppose you could say yes. Just the small matter of fairing and caulking to be done. As expected the shutter planks were slow to fit as they had to be tight which meant getting them in and out for final fitting was a bit of a palaver as there’s no real way to clamp them. I had to resort to a few judiciously placed bolts to get them to pull into shape.IMG_20190418_144457

Once all the planks were on I was dying to get the inside primed and undercoated to see how she looked. After many hours of tedious preparation sanding and cleaning I was able to finally paint the inside. This made the whole boat look much better.IMG_20190426_163718

Mind you if I thought the sanding of the inside was tedious it was child’s play compared to fairing the planking. To be fair the planking was fairly fair all over, it did of course require shaping at each of the seams where the sharp edges of the new planking met the older already rounded older planking and at the turn of the bilge where the planking was extra thick to allow for shaping of the tighter radius here. I’m not finished the fairing yet. It’s pretty hard work working a hand plane on your knees as all the power has to come from your shoulders as opposed to your whole body when using a plane standing up. I must be getting old. I’ve also given the stem it’s final profile so it doesn’t look like a battering ram on an ancient galley.

That’s all for now, if you would like to have your own boat restored, repaired or built don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, you can call me at +353 86 1586937 or by email or use  the contact page.

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Planking almost done.


After many months of intermittent work the planking on Lady Min is nearly complete. I’m going to leave the shutter planks until I have a few items built into the interior, such as, the chainplate backers. I’m also  going to fit a keelson on top of the floors to help stop the boat hogging and better distribute the stresses of the mast and rudder along the the keel. There was one in her originally but it had been cut out over the ballast keel, I think to improve headroom in the cabin and facilitate the replacement of some of the floors.  This severely reduced it’s effectiveness and the new one will be a real boon to strengthen the boat.


I’ve been able to reuse a good portion of the original planking although there were a few very wide planks in the in the bottom sections that had split badly, I’ve replaced these with two narrower planks that shouldn’t be as susceptible to splitting. The Norwegian Fir has proven a very fine substitute for the original Red Pine and both woods are very similar apart from their colour, obviously.



Next up is the final pieces of the hull construction like the breast hook, keelson, quarter knees etc. and then on to the deck construction.

If you would like to discuss having your own boat restored, repaired or a new one built, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan, by phone +353 86 158 6937 or by email / contact page.

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



Progress on 1902 West Cork Daysailor


Here’s more photos of the West Cork daysailor that I’ve been working off and on over the last couple of months.  The decks are now off and work is beginning on removing the old floors and frames.


The new frames are now being steamed into place and will be held to the planking with temporary fastenings.


This is the start of making the new floors. I’ve increased the molding on these a little to increase their stiffness. The ones I removed had been curved on the top, I presume to increase headroom in the cabin, it made them rather flexible and created a weakness in the ends.

That’s all for now if you’d like to see more photos I’ll be updating the blog over the coming months. Or if you’re in the West Cork region this weekend (21-22) the Glandore Classic boat summer school is on and I’ll be giving a talk about progress so far. Hope to see you there.

If you’d like to have your own boat restored, repaired or custom built for you don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, +353 861586937 or use the contact page.

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


1902 West Cork Fin Keeler.


Here’s a look at the latest project here at Roeboats. She is a 30′ long, on deck,  Gaff Cutter designed and built in Schull in 1902 by the present owners Great Grandfather. Unusually for this area, and the time she was built, she has a fin keel. Over her first hundred years she had quite a reputation as a fast boat, winning many races against better known boats such as the William Fife designed Cork Harbour One Designs.


The first order of business was to get the keel off her and move her to a more accessible position. The second goal was to get the ill fitting and ugly coach roof off her. Luckily most of her Hickory backbone timber and Canadian Red Pine planking is in reusable condition. She had been originally framed with sawn Hickory frames but was later reframed with steam bent oak. Both the frames and floors are not original and will be replaced with new.


As you can see from the bent bolts of the whisker stay plate this boat was raced hard. I found bent and strained fittings throughout and the oakum caulking that was used on her was up to 1/2″ wide on the inside of the planking. One would hope when building a boat that the planks would be touching on the inside. This gives a very good idea of how she was slowly torn apart over the years. She was still winning races. It’s pretty hard to beat a flat sterned boat with a massive mainsail downwind. The new owner is hoping to show his fellow competitors  how it’s done.

This is a long term project so expect to see updates sporadically in the future. If you would like your family heirloom built, repaired or restored don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, +353 86 158 6937 or you can use the contact form or email.

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


Uh Oh! Where has the year gone?


Well here’s how the micro-cruiser looked just before she was finished. Unfortunately for some reason I don’t have any photos of the boat when she was completed. Unfortunately the client passed away soon after he took delivery and I don’t think he ever got to sail her. You can read his obituary here, he was a very interesting guy and a great client. The raised deck really increased the livability of the interior. I was also very impressed with the cleverness of the Junk rig. We set it up, to position blocks etc., in the yard before delivery.


So what else was I up to over the last while. Well quite a lot actually. Above is an 1930s Swedish launch that I look after and last spring we took the windscreen off and refinished the deck, It had been covered in a textured palstic coveing sometime in the distant past and this was now lifting and shabby looking. When I peeled it off it revealed a deck made of three massive planks of mahogany. It had looked like plywood from underneath as the seams were covered. After a few repairs to a couple of spots of rot she was received 8 coats of varnish all over.

I’ll have more about what’s going on here at Roeboats in coming posts so that’s all for now. If you’d like to discuss having your own boat built, repaired or restored don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, +353 86 1586937.

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


16′ Micro cruiser coming together.


Here’s more progress with the exterior panels now cut and shaped they were dry fitted for client approval and in preparation for glueing.img_0267

All of the parts were epoxy coated and painted on the inside before assembly. They’ll get a final coat once the interior is finished. It’s hell of a lot easier to do the painting now as opposed to inside the boat.


If you would like to have your own beautiful wooden boat built, repaired or restored please don’t hesitate to contact me on +353 86 1586937 or you can email or to ensure I receive your enquiry use the contact form.

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


16′ Sharpie Microcruiser rebuild.

Cabin trunk deconstruction

Out came the skil saw and off came the cabin sides and top. We’re keeping the sliding hatch and grab handles which will save a good bit of work. The cabin will also be shortened by about 18″ or so.


Here’s a quick mock up of how the new sheer will look when the remodelling is finished. The forward raised section will be a well for an anchor and give good footing for working on the foredeck.Cabin top framing.

Above the new framing is being dry fitted before it gets epoxy coated and glued into position. The old side deck will now become and internal shelf and the overall feel inside the cabin will be much less constrained.

If you would like to have your own boat remodelled, restored or perhaps a new one custom built for you don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, at +353 86 1586937. You can also email me or use the contact page form to ensure that your message isn’t lost in cyberspace.

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


16′ Sharpie Micro cruiser returns for new cabin.


Pictured above is a boat I built for a repeat client about 4 years ago. It started life a gaff yawl and since then the owner has refined the rig a couple of times. He finally settled on the Chinese junk rig seen above. He has found that it easy to handle and performs well. The only problem he has now is that fully battened lugsail has a different centre of effort than an unbattened lugsail and as a result the mast has to be moved back. This would also stop the mainsheet fouling the cockpit. You can see how it would in the photo above. 16' Micro Cruising sail boat

So as he had decided to move the mast back he could tackle the cabin top that he had designed initially. It gave full sitting headroom and plenty of liveable space below. Unfortunately if cut off access to the bow of the boat. Not a problem for sail handling but when dropping a mooring or weighing anchor it meant that when retrieving the rode from the cockpit the boat was broadside on to the wind, even with the mizzen sail, and the strain on the line was too much.

So the boat will be getting a new cabin top in the next coming weeks. I’ll retain the existing hatch and grab rails and build new sides to the cabin to create a raised deck layout that will provide nice and wide decks to the bow.

If you would like to have your own boat remodelled, refitted, restored or a new one built, give me, Tiernan Roe, a call a +353 86 1586937 to discuss your project.

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



Rankin Dinghy in for Repair.

Rankin Dinghy repair restoration

At the end of September this rather tired Rankin Dinghy came to the workshop. It had spent the previous two years or more outside under an ill fitting tarpaulin full of water. As you can guess this wasn’t good for the boat and the bottom panels were badly de-laminated. I was able to peel the top layer off, in the photo above, very easily.

Bottom planks removed from Rankin Dinghy

The first job was to get the old varnish off and cut out all the bad plywood. This meant removing most of the bottom. It came out easy enough, I just hoped it wouldn’t be too difficult to put the new stuff back in.

New plywood fitted

Here’s the new planking in the process of being stained to match the existing plywood. Luckily just one bit of planking on the port side needed replacement.

Stripping the inside of a Rankin Dinghy

Then it was stripping the inside of all the old peeling varnish. Most of it came away easily but of course there were a few awkward places were it stuck on like limpets.

Interior varnished

I hope you’ll agree it was worth the effort. She’s now ready to bring many happy hours of fun and memories to another generation.


Here she is ready to go. If you’d like to have your own boat restored, repaired or perhaps a new boat built don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, +353 86 1586937 or you can email or use the contact page.

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



1930’s Launch repair complete.


In the photo above you can see that I’ve scarfed in two new frame heels to replace the old ones which had dissolved due to the de-lignification mentioned in the last post. The area where the frames meet the stern post are sloping forward to make sure they shed any water that might gather there.

img_0139And here the new piece of tramsom is fitted. I purposely made the piece narrower at the ends to that it would be easier to lever into place without having to steam it as the transom has quite a curve. The the top sea is backed with a batten and the sloping down shape of the repair helps to shed any water.img_0167

And after many hours of work the transom is repaired the straightened propshaft is and I just have to re-fit the rudder blade.

If you would like your own custom built, your current boat repaired or your next boat restored don’t hesitate to call me, Tiernan Roe, +353 86 158 6937 or you can email or use the contact page.

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