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.


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


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.


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.

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


Rankin Dinghy done.

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


Guest blog: Ilen River Cruise

Here’s a nice description of an adventure a Roeboats owner had on their Cape Henry 21′ this past summer.Enjoy:
I’ve been carefully watching the weather forecast hoping for a few settled days with light winds. I want to do an over-nighter, but the weather so far has been extremely changeable. You just can’t plan more that a day or two ahead and even then you might not get what was forecast… Blame it on the Jet Stream, which has been hovering right over southern Ireland. One day it moves a bit farther north and we get a good day, the next day it moves a bit farther south and we get a bad day.


The forecast says that by mid-week it’s going to head a bit farther north and stay there for a few days. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday all look good, with Thursday being the best day. So we plan to head up the Ilen River on Wednesday and spend the night at anchor somewhere near Oldcourt. I ask Con about good places to anchor, and he suggests the Northeast tip of Inishbeg, near the boat house. He also suggests we use an anchor light as there is a small chance you might get a trawler coming down from Old Court during the night.
Wednesday arrives, and the weather is not as good as forecast. Preparing the boat takes a bit longer than usual, since we also need to fill the water tank, and add flush water and chemicals to the portapotty. By the time we are ready to head off, the wind is blowing quite strongly. I’m confident that it will be much calmer once we get to the river’s mouth and turn east, with wind from astern and the flood tide carrying us along. Then we should be able to find a sheltered spot tucked in behind Inishbeg.
We motor off the mooring, with Laura at the helm as usual. I must be getting soft, because I agree to hoist the staysail only and proceed under engine and staysail. Actually, I’m pretty sure we’ll have the wind directly on the nose going through The Sound, then wind from astern as we turn into the river, so keeping this setup will avoid a lot of bother in these gusty conditions. And for some reason Eileen and Laura are reassured by the engine. They seem blissfully unaware that engines can conk out with bad fuel, electrical problems, overheating, ropes tangled in the prop, etc. In which case you’ll need to either sail or anchor.
As predicted, as soon as we turn east around Quarantine Island everything calms down. Soon we kill the engine, and with favourable wind and tide we’re making good progress under staysail alone. We pass the seals sunning themselves on Inishleigh, a field of seagulls on Ringaroga where a farmer is cutting silage, and immobile cranes patiently looking for prey on the river bank. Life slows down and everyone is relaxing, enjoying the ride. Bliss!
We’re winding our way up the river, running wide in the bends and keeping an eye on the depth sounder. I pull up the centre-plate a bit just in case. As we round Inishbeg the boathouse comes into view. We spot the orange mooring buoy but it has a couple of ribs tied to it, and there are people sitting out on the front deck of the house. This is slightly worrying because there are often loud parties there in the summer, blasting their music across the river to Creagh. Fingers crossed that we won’t have to move to a quieter spot later on.
Looking at the chart, it seems like the best place to anchor is in the bend between Inishbeg and the pier at Barry’s. The farther we can tuck in there the more shelter we will get, but it also gets very shallow very quickly once you leave the channel. I prepare the anchor, then we start the engine and Eileen and I take down the staysail. I ask Laura to do a u-turn and then come back towards the edge of the channel, pointing into the wind and tide, where we will drop the anchor. She slowly turns up towards what should be mid-channel and deeper water but something doesn’t feel right… I don’t think we’re moving? We’ve gone aground! Crap! A bit of confusion ensues, but a little reversing gets us off quickly. Now turn and approach the edge of the channel, watching the depth sounder. When it gets to about a metre I drop the anchor and we start drifting back with the current.
It’s our first time using the anchor (a 7 kg Manson Supreme) so I’m not really sure what to expect. I can feel it bite almost immediately. I let out the seven metres of chain plus about twenty metres of rode and tie off. The boat comes to a halt and doesn’t move. We sit in the cockpit for a while, keeping an eye out to see if we are moving but we’re not and the hunger soon gets to us.

Soon dinner is ready, and I don’t know how Eileen managed it but we all agree it’s the best pasta ever! We enjoy a glass of wine with our meal, and take in the peace and quiet which thankfully hasn’t been broken by any parties at the boat house.

There were many “firsts” this evening; first time anchoring, first time using the fresh water tank, first time cooking aboard, first time using the portapotty. I’m happy to say that everything worked perfectly! Night falls and I want to see how effective the anchor light is, so I suggest we take a midnight dinghy ride.
The wind has died down during the evening and it’s flat calm now. We call it a day and tuck into our sleeping bags. I set an alarm for 04:30, about the time when I expect the tide to turn. I want to make sure the anchor holds as we swing through 180 degrees. Sleep comes quickly, but after a while I’m awakened by a clunking noise. Is it the dinghy hitting the boat? No, sounds like the rudder. Just ignore it and go to sleep. Clunk. I’m trying, but it’s really loud, the boat acting like a hollow drum to amplify the sound. Clunk. No, I’ll have to get out and do something. I crawl out and tighten the line holding the rudder amidships. That should do it. Now back to my toasty-warm sleeping bag. Ahhhh. Clunk.
The alarm goes off at 04:30 and I get up to have a look at the anchor. Eileen wakes and takes a look out as well. Despite the tiredness we’re glad we got out. Not because the anchor is dragging. On the contrary it’s holding perfectly well. But the night is so calm, the river is like a mirror, there’s a bit of moonlight, and every once in a while a bird or duck calls out, the lonely cry echoing across the water. Pure magic!

If you would like to have your own Roeboat built, restored or repair why not give me, Tiernan, a ring at +353 28 38973 or by email or use the contact page.

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


Rankin Dinghy in for repair.

IMG_3019 I’m in the process of laminating some re-inforcement to the breast hook of a Rankin Dinghy. Rankin Dinghys were built glued clinker by the brothers Eric and David Rankin in Cobh, Co. Cork. These dinghy’s were very early examples of glued clinker using epoxy adhesive. They have a very bouyant hull with plenty of flare at the bow to handle the chop of Cork harbour. This one is mostly used with an outboard but can be sailed. There is an active following still racing and sailing these dinghy’s in Cork harbour and west Cork. You can check out their facebook page Rankin Dinghy Group.


The interior needs some refinishing but apart from a few incidents with parting company with her trailer this boat is in excellent condition for her age. A testament to her low maintenance and strong epoxy clinker construction.


Who wouldn’t fall for a lovely hull like the one above. You can see the patch from a previous repair at the fore end of the top plank. The extra lamination on the breasthook will make up for any loss of strength here.

If you would like to have your Rankin Dinghy or any other boat repaired, restored or built new please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan, +086 158 6937 or +353 28 38973 or by email or use the contact page.

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


Roeboats Cape Henry 21′ features in Woodenboat.


It was nice to see Roeboats built Cape Henry 21′ featured in the latest edition of Woodenboat Magazine. If that wasn’t cool enough they sent me a special edition Woodenboat cap which I’m modelling in the photo above. I haven’t had a chance to read the rest of the magazine yet but hopefully over the weekend I might get some time.

If you’d like to have a beautiful wooden boat built for you, please give me a call at +353 86 1586937 and we can discuss what you might have in mind. Or you can email or use the contact page and we can take from there.

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


Jasper the Salty dog.


Here’s something you don’t see every day. A dog in a skin on frame boat. He’s a fine looking salty dog for sure. The boat is this 16′ Snowshoe airolite canoe I built over 3 years ago now. She’s still on her first skin and has been used quite a lot and probably even more now that Jasper seems to enjoy it. Just goes to show the smaller the boat the bigger the adventure.

Jasper is keeping a good weather eye out like every good sea dog should and I’m sure he and his owners are continuing to enjoy their Roeboat through the fine late Autumn weather we’re experiencing here in Ireland.

If you would like you’re own custom built boat no matter how big or small please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan, at +353 86 158 6937 or you can email me or use the contact page if you wish. No I don’t sell salty sea dogs.

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


6′ Punt progress.


Well the new mahogany (Sapele) sheer-strake is now on the boat and the transom is fitted and fastened in place. The sheer line has yet to be finalised. The original builder had the sheer flat so the his young son could get in and out of the boat easily. The owner is hoping to use the boat as an ersatz tender to his big boat and would like the sheer to have a bit more spring. We’ll decide on a final line later.DSC_0164

If you’d like to have your own wooden boat built, restored or repair please give me, Tiernan, a call at +353 86 1586937 or contact me here or by email.

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


Demolition continues

6' Punt dismantled awaiting new transom.

The 6′ punt now has a few new frames steamed into place and the real demolition can start. I’ve taken the gunnel and transom off in the photo above. The transom was made up of at least nine different parts of various ages so it was an easy decision to replace it. The sheerstrake literally crumbled away and I was able to peel the gunnel off quite easily.


Here’s the new mahogany transom being dry fitted. I’ve added a doubler inside to take the fastenings for the plank ends. The originals are in pretty bad shape. It will add a little extra weight but the extra strength it will impart will far outweigh this.

That’s all for now.

If you are interested in having your own boat restored, repaired or newly built why not give Tiernan a call at +353 86 158 6937 or send an email to Roeboats

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



Progress on 6′ Tender


The client wanted to retain as much of the original material of the boat as possible, however one of the planks was badly split. A 4′ split in a 6′ plank is just too much damage to save. So I replaced the original spruce plank with a new Lawson Cypress one. The new one will be less prone to splitting than the original and in the future will be easily discerned as a repair.IMG_3000

Progress is going well on the 6′ Tender I’m restoring at the moment. After raking out decades of hardened paint and putty from the gaping seams I had to reseal them with a flexible caulk/adhesive. There was no way that the joints would have resealed by themselves after so much compression set ( where the wood fibres are squashed beyond their ability to re-inflate when immersed in water) so the sealer will hopefully make the boat water tight once more.IMG_3001

Also the keel was in very bad shape, having be repaired many times and being made up of numerous different pieces from numerous different eras. So I made a new one which is awaiting final shaping in the photo above.

If you have your own boat that needs a sympathetic restoration/conservation, repair or a new build please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan at +353 86 1586937 or use the contact page.

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



Latest Boat restoration Project.


The latest project here at Roeboats is the smallest real boat I’ve worked on so far. It’s just barely 6 feet long. She was built in the mid 1930s by a father for his son to learn to row in. Pretty cool Dad.

As you might expect for a boat of this age, we’re guessing she’ll be 80 next year, she’s in bad shape after years and years of use as a tender to a larger yacht. Her spruce planking is showing it’s age and there are a few splits in the after sections where the grain is not parallel to the edges due to the curve of the planks.

The work I’m going to do is stabilise the shape, strengthen the structure and fit a new transom, keel and sheerstrakes; these are made up of various pieces of different vintages. I’m hoping to keep as much of the original fabric and wear marks (patina) so the resulting boat will look like an 80 year old boat and be usable as a tender.

If you have your own boat that needs a sympathetic restoration/conservation, repair or a new build please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tiernan at +353 86 1586937 or use the contact page.

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