Planking and Framing out 8′ Pram Punt

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The 8′ Punt is now planked up and ready for a good soaking in oil. I did this before framing out to make sure that every piece of the boat soaked up as much oil as possible. The oil will help stabilise the wood so that it won’t move as much as the boat dries and gets wet during use. It also looks lovely.

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All the frames are in on 6″ centres, copper nailed and roved. I was just about able to reach around the boat to buck the clenching iron. The mahogany capping on the transoms is tougher wood then the fir and will stand up to more abuse when the boat is turned upside down. It has yet to be shaped to a pleasing curve in the photo above. Next up was the inwale, riser (a stringer supporting the thwarts)  and quarter knees then I fitted the thwarts and rowlock blocks.

If you would like your own custom built boat whether it’s 8′ or 28′ please don’t hesitate to call me, Tiernan Roe, +353 86 158 6937 or you can email or use the contact page.

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8′ Clinker Pram Punt

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Around the same time that I was commissioned to build the 18′ Faering, a long time client approached me to build him a 8’clinker pram. He had thought to build one himself but on reflection realised that it wasn’t going to be possible. She’ll be used as a tender to a boat I built for him in 2013.img_0140

As you can see it is a fairly simple boat built over a single mold. The planking is 3/8″ or 9mm Lawson’s Cypress like I used on Spraoi. As I was working alone it was easier to screw the planks together before nailing as I was using a bedding compound in the laps to ensure that the boat wouldn’t need to take up each time it was used.

If you would like your own boat custom built for you please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, at +353 86 1586937 or by email or you can use the contact page if you wish.

Ready for Launch 18′ Faering

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Well as you can see the 18′ faering is ready for launch. The client created the artwork for the sails and the sailmaker made a beautiful set of Clipper cloth vertical cut mainsail and jib.IMG_0257

You can really see her lovely lines in this photo. The 18′ Faering is much more elegant than the 16′ Faerings I have built before.IMG_0265

This is a highly personalised boat form the dark stained exterior to the Viking runes carved on the stem and stern. The runes hold a special meaning for the client and are on the bow and stern.

I really enjoyed building this boat both the design and client were a pleasure and it was nice to get the opportunity to refine something that I had built before and create an even better boat.

If you’d like your own Viking Faering or a custom boat to fulfil your dreams please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, at +353 86 1586937 or by email or use the contact page. The winter schedule is already starting to fill so don’t delay.

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Interior fitout of 18′ Faering

IMG_0206Now the visible progress slows down and the list of things to do gets longer and longer. In the photo above you can see that I’ve made a lot of progress and the boat is nearing completion. What you can’t see are the hours spent sanding and coating the interior. The time spent making shaping and steaming in to position of the rubrail. That’s the small piece of wood that runs along the length of the sheer and protects the edge of the plywood planking.

Work on the pram dinghy is continuing apace and I’ll be sharing photos of that project in upcoming posts. Meanwhile we’re enjoying some beautiful spring weahter here in West Cork and it is very hard to stay away from getting my own boat ready for the water and getting out there sailing.

If you would like to have your own custom built Roeboat, don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, at +353 28 38973 or +353 86 1586937 or you can email me or use the contact page.  Don’t delay build slots are, after many quiet years, starting to fill up.

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Over she goes.

My apologies dear reader for taking so long to update you on what’s happening here in Roeboats workshop. There has been quite a bit going on of late. Building continues on the 18′ Faering that I’m building. As you can see she is now turned over. The boat is very light, for an 18′ boat, and I had no trouble flipping her on my own.

Other work on at the moment is the start of another boat build. Yes I’m building another boat in the workshop at the same time. Okay it’s only an 8′ pram but squeezing three boats (the little child’s punt is still here) into a 20’x20′ workshop and still be able to work means it’s nice and cosy in there now.

If you would like to have your own custom built Roeboat, don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, at +353 28 38973 or +353 86 1586937 or you can email me or use the contact page.  Don’t delay build slots are, after many quiet years, starting to fill up.

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Staining 18′ Faering and other projects

IMG_0032Here’s the 18′ Faering that I’m building at the moment after the first coat of staining. The client is hoping for a blackened tarred type finish with the low maintenance of and epoxy coating.

In other news the tiny 6′ punt that came in for resotration is now finished including a new set of custom oars with nice Turks Head and leather detailing.

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You can see a before picture below. I was able to retain much of the original structure of the boat while restoring her to usable condition.

6' Punt dismantled awaiting new transom.

This was a very enjoyable project and hopefully the little boy that the boat was built for, now aged 84, will be delighted to see her ship shape and Bristol fashion after many years.

If you would like your own heirloom boat repaired, restored or built don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan Roe, at +353 28 38973 or +353 86 1586937 or you can email me or use the contact page.

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Da Dah! 18′ Faering all planked up

IMG_0014Here is the 18′ faering all planked up. I’m starting the making of the external keel and stem and stern pieces. You can see outer stem being glued up in the foreground. The sheer of the boat will be cut once she’s right way up so that bottom plank will be more in proportion with the others.

If you’d like your own custom built Roeboat don’t hesitate to give me, Tiernan Roe, a call +353 28 38973 or mobile +353 86 1586937 or you can email me or if you want use the contact page.

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Building stocks set up for boat.

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Once all of the plank blanks were glued up, they were set aside and the building molds were set up on a ladder type strong back. The molds  set out the shape that the planks will have to follow and insure that everything is kept symmetrical.

The inner keel and the stem and stern post are then joined and set on top of the molds. Next up is cutting the bevels on these parts and then planking.

If you’d like your own custom built Roeboat don’t hesitate to give me, Tiernan Roe, a call +353 28 38973 or mobile +353 86 1586937 or you can email me or if you want use the contact page.

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New Boat for the New Year.

Construction has started on a new wooden boat here at Roeboats. It’s an 18′ Faering that will also have a sailing rig. It’s very similar to the boats I’ve built for Game of Thrones and Vikings TV series. The client will use it as a day sailor and camp cruiser and has some ambitious plans for cruising the west coast of Ireland. Below are a few photos of progress so far.

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Firstly we start with some sheets of Llyod’s register approved Okuome ply.

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And then these are scarfed jointed. For long scarfs like these I use and electric planer finished with a belt sander which gives and nice clean feather edge.

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These are then epoxy glued together to form 20′ planks of plywood from which I’ll cut the actual planks out of.

If you would like to partake in the excitement of having your own beautiful wooden boat custom built for you please give me, Tiernan, a call on +353 28 38973 or mobile +353 86 1586937 or use the contact page. The next building slot is already booked so don’t delay.

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Rankin Dinghy done.

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Well the Rankin Dinghy breast-hook is repaired and the interior painted and varnished, so she’s ready to go for another few years.
The octogenarian in the upper photos is looking a lot better than when she arrived. A little nip and tuck to perk up her curves and she’s also ready to go for many years to come. Just a few more coats of varnish and finish coats and that’ll be that. I’m getting a master saddler to leather oars, posh eh!

As always if you would like to have your own boat repaired or restored or you would like to discuss having your dream boat built please give me, Tiernan Roe, a call +353(0)2838973 or +353(0)861586937. You can also contact me by email or using the contact page.

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

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