Ninigret 22′ Almost ready to go.

Here she is almost ready for final fit out and engine installation. All of the painting is complete at this stage and now all the very careful installation of final trim and deck hardware is about to begin. Any mistakes at this stage can be very annoying and time consuming to fix.

There are deep lockers either side of the engine well that are ideal for fenders and boat hooks etc. They also house the batteries. All of the raw plywood edges are yet to be capped with oak trim. This is completely sealed in epoxy and varnish before being fitted.

Here the engine is in place and once installed the top of the well sides will be cut down to their finished height.

The rigging for the engine controls is being installed here the opening below the steering wheel is closed off in the finished boat.

Final touches going on here such as the seats, catches for the boarding ladder and deck cleats. She’s ready for sea trials next.

If you would like to discuss having your own boat built, restored or repaired don’t hesitate to contact me, either through the contact page, by email or by phone +353 86 1586937.

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Roeboats goes to Norway

For those of you who haven’t signed up for the Newsletter you won’t have heard that I have been chosen by the Crafts Council of Ireland to travel to Norway for two weeks on work placement at the Hardanger Boat Museum in Norheimsund south east of Bergen on the shores of the Hardanger Fjord . (It’s the third largest fjord in the world.)

M/Y Faun

Here’s one of the vessels at the museum the M/Y Faun built in 1916. What a beauty and below is the MS Paddy also from 1916 another good looking boat.

I’ll be involved with all aspects of work at the museum and will be starting at the rope walk which sounds knd of like hard work. There will of course more pictures of my trip and by the time I’m finished you’ll probably be sick of hearing about it. If you wish to contact me over the next two weeks to discuss having you own boat built I will be checking my e-mails but it will be sporadic so don’t be disappointed with a slow reply.

Fitting masts on 16 foot Sharpie Yawl

Well it’s time to roll the 16 foot sharpie lug-sail yawl outside to fit the masts. It was easy enough to jack the boat up on to some wheeled dollies that I use a lot as I work mostly alone.16 foot wooden sharpie lugsail yawl moving outsideAnd then all she needed was a bit of a shove out the door.

16 foot sharpie wooden boat moving outsideI stopped just before the ramp down out of the workshop just to make sure she was lined up right and wouldn’t run away from me.

Almost outHere she is ready for levelling and the fitting of the masts.

Here she is with the masts stepped. She still needs her final sanding and floor boards fitted but she’s pretty much done at this stage. I’m just waiting on the sails now to do a final test rigging and the owner will be picking her up. If you would like your own boat built for you why not give me a ring on +353 86 158 69 37 or +353 28 38973 to discuss your project. Or by e-mail

Masts in sharpie lugsail yawl.

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Decking and Cockpit coaming on Sharpie Yawl.

We’re getting down to the final stages of construction now with the decking going on the boat. All of the blocking and mast partners were fixed into the boat before the deck went on. So the next stage is putting the cockpit coaming on.Deck on catbird 16 foot wooden lugsail yawl sharpie built by Roeboats, West Cork Ireland for sale

Below you can see the forward section of the coaming being glued into place and the first section of the aft section going on. I’ll cut the top of the coaming to match the deck sheer when the glue is set.Start of coaming on catbird 16 foot wooden sharpeis dayboat built by roeboats Ballydehob, Ireland for sale

Here you can see that the top has been cut to match the deck sheer and the next pieces will be the transom section of the coaming, the oak edging strip for the ply and a small bow piece . There’s a few other pieces of news in the pipeline here at Roeboats. If you’re subscribed to the newsletter you already know. So if you want to be on the inside track of what’s happening at Roeboats sign up by clicking on the link in the right hand sidebar.Finishing coaming on catbird 16 foot wooden sharpie dayboat lugsail built by Roeboats West Cork Ireland for sale

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Starting the interior of Catbird 16

Now the slow work starts with the fitting out of the hull. You can see here in the picture below that I’m attaching the seat supports and deck beam for the aft deck. I used brackets as intermediary supports for the seats instead of cleats and legs so that the  cockpit sole would be clear. Making it easier to clean and giving more room to lie down in the forward section underneath the spray hood.Fitting out the interior of a 16 foot sharpei lug sail yawl by Roeboats, Ballydehob, Ireland, for saleHere the seats are being fitted to the hull curvature and will be fixed down to the supports with the required doublers for taking the strain of the fittings that will be attached.

Fitting the seats on a sixteen foot sharpie lugsail yawl by Roeboats, West Cork Ireland, For sale

Here the deck carlin is going in. It’s white oak so I had to rip the forward end so that it would take the bend . The pile of stuff on the foredeck are parts of the rudder.Interior fit out of 16 foot sharpie yawl by Roeboats, West Cork Ireland For Sale

Once the carlin was in place I was able to begin work on laying the deck; but before that I had to make a template for the cockpit coaming. This is the forward section been marked out. You can just see the deck doublers at the fore deck. I decided to infill the whole deck as there are a lot of fittings in this area which would otherwise require lots of separate pads. This should make the bow strong and stiff to take the forces exerted by the unstayed mast.

Coaming template on 16 foot lugsail sharpie yawl by Roeboats West Cork Ireland

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Rolling a 16′ sharpie Lug sail Yawl.

Well the hull is finally ready for rolling over. There are just a few small jobs to be done to make this happen.Preparing to roll a 16' sharpie lug sail yawl by Roeboats, West Cork Ireland For sale

First I have to remove the strongback and the support that are holding the boat up. I had to get in under the boat and unscrew all of this and make sure it didn’t fall on me.

Removing strongback from 16' lugsail yawl by Roeboats West Cork Ireland for sale

Starting the roll of 16' Lugsail sharpie by Roeboats Ireland for saleThen I dropped down one side.

Rolling 16' sharpie lugsail yawl boat by Roeboats, West Cork Ireland for saleFlexed my massive muscles and rolled the boat. Well it was pretty light and once on its side I was really controlling the fall.

Here she is right side up and the real work can start fitting the decks and interior seating etc.

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Glassing and Fairing a Catbird 16 Lugsail Yawl.

Well I’ve trimmed back the bottom planking and Attached the white oak keel. In the photo below you can see me trimming the opening of the centreboard slot with a router and pattern bit so that it will match the centreboard case exactly. This was followed by a pass with a 9mm round-over bit to give the opening an nice rounded edge. If there is one thing you don’t want on a boat it is a sharp edge. Well maybe on the trailing edge of a rudder or centreboard and of course your knife. Rapier sharp wits are optional. Cutting the centre board slot in th ekeel of a Catbird 16 lugsail sharpie, by Roeboats, West Cork, Ireland, For sale.Once the hull was sanded and all the edges are nicely rounded it was time to sheathe the hull in fibreglass and epoxy resin. This was a time consuming but undifficult operation. I left the skeg off until the hull was sheathed to make it a bit easier to sheath around this area. You can also see that I have added the outer stem piece before sheathing.Catbird 16 lugsail sharpie hull sheathed in epoxy and fiberglass, by Roeboats, West Cork, Ireland, For sale.The next step was to apply a thin layer of fairing compound to help fill the weave of the cloth and smooth out any wrinkles (there were none of course). I emphasise a thin layer because most if not all of the fairing was done to the framework before the planking was applied. Like hanging doors where he who makes the frame should hang the door the same applies to fairing, he who applies the fairing compound should be the one to sand it off. Fairing the hull of a Catbird 16 lugsail yawl sharpie by Roeboats, West Cork Ireland, For sale

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Planking of 16 foot Lugsail Yawl Sharpie

Well progress continues with the building of the 16 foot Catbird lugsail Yawl. As you can see I started with the side planking which I had already cut out to shape. This was provided with the plans so I didn’t have to do any spiling. I decided to butt strap the side planking and scarf the bottom. Scarphing the bottom ensured that there was no obstruction for water to gather behind in the bilge.Planking wooden 16 foot lugsail yawl sharpie Catbird 16 by Roeboats, cork Ireland, for sale

All of the planking was coated in three coats of epoxy resin and sanded before assembly. It was easier to do it now than when assembled. I would have liked to have six foot long arms when I was putting the bottom sheets on or at least a helper. It was a little tricky lifting the forward sheet clear of the glue spread on the frames and chines and placing it square to the centreline. The aft sheet was easier. You can now get a good impression of the boats size. She’s a pretty voluminous boat for here modest length and beam.Bottom planking of wooden 16 foot lugsail yawl sharpie by Roeboats Cork Ireland , For Sale

Anyway here she is planked up. I didn’t cut the bottom planks before glueing them down. I’ll trim back to the side planking when the epoxy has dried. Next step is the filling of all the screw hole etc. prior to attaching the keel and glassing the hull. If you’d like to get more info from Roeboats about upcoming projects and news why not subscribe to Roeboats Quarterly Newsletter by clicking here. Or if you would like your own custom boat built why not give me ring or send me an e-mail at the contact below. I’m always interested in talking about boats.

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Chine, Stem and plank scarphing

Here are the nexts steps in building the Karl Stambaugh’s Catbird 16 Lugsail sharpie yawl. First up is attaching the chine  which had to be laminated up to take the  tuck up at the stern but it went in fairly easily just took twice the glueing time.

The gunwales were next to go on and it ‘s always a bit nerve wracking putting the gunwale on a boat that is upside down as it is very difficult to be sure that the sheer will have a pleasing sweep and not have what’s called powderhorn. The dread of every boatbuilder. Once botht the chine and gunwale were on it was time to cut the bevel in the stem which was aa straighforward affair as the Catbird has a two part stem for ease of construction.

Below you can see me finishing off the scarphing of the bottom planking. In the foreground is the centreboard being laminated up. That’s all for now work got a little side tracked today as I was showing a potential client the Ninigret I built last year. I had forgotten how much fun she is in the water.

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Setting up Frames of Catbird 16 lugsail yawl sharpie

Here are a few photos of setting up the frames for the Karl Stambaugh Catbird 16 lug sail yawl sharpie. Each frame has to be centred, levelled and plumbed. They are then all brace together so they won’t move during the planking of the boat.

Setting up frames for wooden sharpie lug sail yawl boat

Setting up frames for wooden sharpie 16 foot lug sail yawl

Setting up frames for wooden 16 foot sharpie lug sail yawl by Roeboats

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