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.

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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.

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1930’s Launch repair complete.

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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 e:tiernan@roeboats.com

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1930s Swedish Launch Repair

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Last winter while I was building the 18′ Faering and the 8′ Punt I was also slowing repairing a beautiful 30′ Swedish Launch from the 1930s. When the owner contacted me he said that the boat had suffered some damage from a grounding.dsc_0180

Well there was certainly damage from a grounding the rudder and its attendant gear were bent over to port. More interesting was the vertical crack in the transom. It is very unusual way for the wood to break and I was worried that it could mean rot in the transom area.img_0073

After opening up the boat it became fairly quickly apparent that the culprit for the weakening of the wood wasn’t rot. This was a good thing as it meant the problem could be easily contained. The reason for the loss of strength was electrolysis caused by the locating of galvanised bolts close to the bronze rudder tube. Over time water had gotten in the joints in this area and created an electrical circuit between the two different metals. This produces chemicals which break down the lignin (the glue that holds wood together) and leaves just the unconnected fibres. You can see above the characteristic black in centre of the horn timber above. img_0022

The easiest way to repair this was to remove the entire horn timber and make a new one. The old galvanised bolts were replaced with silicon bronze so hopefully there won’t be repeat of the problem. In the upper left of the photo above is a vertical pipe that I’m not sure of its function. It connects the red tube in the photo that has a strainer at the end and the vertical pipe ends outside the hull with a T section. I ‘d be delighted if some reader could enlighten me. I’m guessing it could be a self bailer of some kind but stand to be corrected.

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 e:tiernan@roeboats.com

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8′ Pram punt Painting and Launch.

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The first coat of Primer going on. The client wanted the paint to match the mother ship which I built for him in 2013. The white underside should help in reducing the effect of the sun heating the boat up and drying out the planking, if and when she is stored upside down.img_0092

We decided to put fairly hefty bilge runners on bottom as the boat will no doubt be dragged up and down a lot of beaches and slipways. I made the bilge runners into hand holds that can be used for moving the boat about, strapping her down to a bigger boat or if you do capsize her some how you’ll have something to keep a hold of to get her right side up.img_0095

The oars just fit diagonally in the boat and when both of them are in there the lock in place so they won’t fall out when she’s being towed or left on the mooring. The oars have traditional leathers and Turk’s Head Knots for the buttons.img_0178img_0177

Here she is on launch day, I think it was the first dry calm day that I’ve launched a boat in the last 7 years. You can see in the photo above that she sits upright and clear of any stray stones when out of the water. And she floats in just a couple of inches so you can get right up a beach without having to get out into the water.

If you would like your own custom built boat whether it’s 8′ or 48′ please 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 e:tiernan@roeboats.com

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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