Well I’m getting very close to finishing this boat and I’ve started planning the building of the next. I’m hoping someone will order another Ninigret or I have a few more plans for some excellent motor boats and sail boats that I would like to build. I’ll be blogging about them in the future. As you can see, the decks are painted and I’m masking them off for the non-slip paint. I had tried adding non slip additive to the two part polyurethane but it looked horrible and was a disaster to put on. So I got some International non-slip deck paint and had West Cork Paint Supplies custom tint it for me; it turned out so good that the customer thought it was an after-market transfer.
At this stage in the game I have been working 14 hour days, so things have really started to move along plus it is now possible to actually start fixing things into the boat like the deck hardware and the windows. Speaking of which I had intended leaving the windows out until last; but I had some time to use up while I waited for some epoxy to go off; so I popped in the glass. I knew I had a good reason to leave out the glass and that became apparent when I tried bolting on the grab rails. It would have been quite easy without the glass; but with it in I was going to have to stretch my arms by a few feet to be able to tighten the nuts. These long days are starting to work against me.
You can see in this photo that the engine is in (it’s under the blanket and the holes either side are to allow access to the bilge area under the motor well, unbelievably I can get my upper body through that hole. Not something I would want to do when alone it’s a very tight fit and not somewhere I’d like to get stuck. It provides somewhere to store long objects like fenders, boat hook and camp chairs.Here’s the pointy end with the mooring cleat and hatch fitted and waiting for the outer rubrail to be fitted. At this stage there’s a few more coats of green topcoat to apply, the seats have to be fitted and I have to finish off the engine installation. So it’s really starting to come together. Hopefully it won’t take much longer I’m dying to take her for a burn, I mean sea trials.
I built the consoles as designed. The starboard one will have a grab handle and shelves for Binoculars and flasks etc. The steps on the bottom are needed because the forward facing seats are about six inches higher than a normal seat to give a good view over the bow. The seats will be the next thing to be fitted.
I know it looks like I’m still a long way off form launching but I’m a lot closer than when I was doing this.
The cabin is now finished; so all I have to do is fit the windows and the toilet. As you can see I’ve started priming the decks. Motor well, seats and console are made and being painted. I picked up the motor at the weekend from Marine Motors in Cork and I have all the chandlery; which I was able to get in C H Marine in Skibbereen. (Here’s a tip you can get a 5% discount if you order online and select to pick it up at one of their shops. Discounts are always good.) I was able to get all of the two part epoxy and polyurethane paint for the boat in Skibbereen also, from West Cork Paint Supplies (028 23162). If you’re going to try being eco friendly it should start close to home.
Anyway I have a mountain of things to do before I’m finished; but I can see that each day I’m getting closer.
As you can see I’ve been busy for the last two weeks and have made quite a bit of progress. 70 hour weeks don’t leave much time for blogging. I put a couple of long days in last week and was able to complete most of the deck and the cabin trunk. It took a bit of figuring out how to support the roof but I’m hoping my solution will be strong enough. I’m going to use a T shaped deck beam and lodging knees ( that will double as hand holds) to stiffen the middle deck beam.
I’m feeling so enthusiastic I’ve started designing the seating and all the other important details that go in to finishing a boat. The colours are almost nailed down and I’m awaiting the arrival of the engine before I finish the engine well and construct the helm station. Here’s a view of Ninigrets large cockpit. The cabin doors are made and hopefully all going well I should have the cabin completed by the end of the week, hopefully, as long as I don’t screw it up in my excitement.
Well progress has been continuing apace on fitting out the hull of Ninigret and while a lot of work has been done I’m afraid there’s very little to show you. Most of the cabin fit out is complete and is currently being painted before installation. So that’s just a pile of wood and an empty space in the hull. The bilge has been painted and shouldn’t need to be redone for a very long time. The two part epoxy paint I used is rated for use in chemical tankers so it’s pretty tough stuff and boy is it hard to sand. The cockpit floor is in and all of the parts for the motor well are fabricated and being painted. This week I’ve started on the deck ( you can see the first of the deck beams in the right hand side of the photo ) and hopefully soon enough it will start to look like I’ve been doing something.
Here are some photos of the pier and slips in Baltimore, Co. Cork. Baltimore has one of the best harbours in Ireland that has ample depth to accommodate large vessels and is sheltered enough for smaller vessels. There are two slips for launching in Baltimore and all the facilities associated with a busy port.
This is the refurbished pier, the end of which is used by the ferrys to Oilean Cléire ( Cape Clear ) and Sherkin Island one of which can be seen at the end of the pier. Smaller craft can moor alongside closer to the shore, where it is quite shallow at low water.
Looking west from the start of the pier you can see the slip in the right hand section of the photo. Actually there are three slips and a boat railway. Starting from the west is a public slip, the boat railway, the RNLI inshore lifeboat slip and the Baltimore Sailing club slip. With so many entities using the shore line you can appreciate that Baltimore can be a bustling place in the summer season. These photos were taken on a beautiful day in April. The pier in the picture is foul on its southern end and the western side is used by commercial boats. Charter and dive boats usually tie up at its eastern side.
This is another slip and can be used for launching and tying up to by small craft for short periods there are rings along its outer edge. The large stone building in the background is Dún na Sead Castle which is open to the public during the summer. (The stairs in the castle were built by my friend and colleague Simon Hassett.) To the right you can see the main square where it all happens during the summer and if the weather is right is more akin to the french riveria than west cork. If you are launching a boat in Baltimore there is parking for trailers on the road side beside the old BIM boatyard and across the road from Glenans who are celebrating 40 years in Baltimore this year.
I was delighted to see that Roeboats was featured in the May edition of the Marine Times. The Marine Times is Irelands leading marine newspaper and covers all aspects of maritime affairs from commercial to cultural and economic. You can access the April edition for free online here. Roeboats was featured in the May edition.
Finally I and a few helpers rolled over the first Roeboat hull. It’s a John Atkin designed Ninigret 22′ outboard power boat. I thought that I would post a slide show of the rollover. Let me know what you think of it. Four people were able to lift the hull but there were seven of us to roll it over. It all went very smoothly really, we rolled the whole shebang out of the workshop. Took it off the strong back, lifted it up on to its side on some cushions and dropped it down on its bottom. Placed it back in line with the workshop door rolled it back inside and closed the whole thing back up again. So a big thank you to all those who helped, I quite obviously couldn’t have done it without you.
The past week has been slow going. Lots of distractions sick baby, runaway dog and Féile Átha Dá Chab. However I did manage to get the keel and stem fabricated, all the frames made and set up ( more on that later). So I suppose I have been getting stuff done. Uh Oh, I feel a Waldorf and Statler moment coming on
Actually now that I think about it I haven’t done that bad. Except for a rather stupid mistake where I checked a dimension three times and got it wrong three times, nice. It’s very easy to turn 784mm into 748mm. I should have stuck to the axiom that if it looks right it is right and the corollary that if it looks wrong it is wrong. Well the new number 9 frame is just dandy. Anyway here’s a photo of progress so far.
I have been very busy finishing this project and building the boat. Despite this I’ve been able to fabricate the frames and bevel them; now all that remains is to assemble them. I am about halfway through at this stage. The temporary cross beams have to be attached and the excess glue and fingerprints sanded off before they can be set up on the strongback. Here’s a photo.
Behind the doors is my new extension.
And just to keep me organised a list of things to do before setting up the frames.
Finish glueing up frames and bulkheads
Decide location of and plane,cut and attach cross beams,
Scarf up chines, battens, inwales and apron,
Shape, joint, bevel and assemble keel
Build and level strong back
Oh boy that’s a lot of stuff to get done so I’m off.
Quick post to let you know that Roeboats was mentioned on Seascapes Irelands national adio programme covering all thing marine related. You can listen here it’s about 15 minutes into the programme. Hopefully there will be more to follow.