Just to let you know that Roeboats was featured on RTE 1’s ( Ireland’s national radio broadcaster) maritime radio programme Seascapes last Friday the 7th of May. I tried listening to it but hearing my own voice was just too weird. Let me know if I sounded O.K. You can listen to Seascapes here.
With this weeks ongoing flying ban over most of Europe I was wondering if people were beginning to contemplate having their own means of travelling from Ireland and Britain to mainland Europe. Something along the lines of the commuter yachts that were used in the USA at the turn of the twentieth century. Something along the lines of the boat below.
Just the thing for popping across to France of England for business and if you’re worried about getting a touch of Mal de mer there are no gyroscopic stabilisers available which greatly reduced roll and pitching.
The boat above is“Rosamund” designed by John Alden in 1926 is the quintessential commuter yacht. These yachts were moderately fast motor boats that were quite spartan to begin with but later developed into luxurious yachts. Seven months a year wealthy New York industrialists were able to leave for work in their dressing gowns and have breakfast and dress on the way. With today’s communications technology it would be quite possible to work while underway turning your luxurious yacht into a mobile office. Built to the highest standards by Roeboats there is no reason why a modern or classic commuter yacht wouldn’t make the perfect antidote to air travel which will become more and more expensive and which has proven to be vulnerable to disruptions, think of 9/11 and now volcanic ash.
Or how about a Swedish commuter yacht, this one M/Y Vidar was designed by C. G. Petersson the famed Swedish naval architect, who I’m currently researching. His boats are drop dead gorgeous and of course seaworthy and fuel efficient.
Starting a business in the middle of a recession is not easy but people will still want to enjoy the unique unparalleled freedom offered by being captain of your own boat. Yes it has been difficult but I’ve wanted to be a boat builder since I was thirteen when I started maintaining and repairing racing dinghies. After nearly 25 years of learning and honing the skills needed I finally decided to start Roeboats and follow that dream. So far I have been successful and I’m hoping that clients will recognise the value and beauty of the boats that Roeboats build. I’m building boats that were designed during the golden age of yachting and building them using eco-friendly and low maintenance techniques so clients can have beautiful classic boats without the headaches of traditional construction and benefit from their sea-kindly and fuel efficient hull forms.” It all started with the building of an optimist dinghy with my father see the picture below.
Mo Bháidín (My little boat) 1983
To celebrate Roeboats first anniversary in business I’m offering a free tender with every boat ordered over 20’ before the end of April 2010. Launched with the commencement of the building of hull number one a John Atkin designed 22’ eco-friendly fuel efficient powerboat Roeboats have not only survived the recent economic maelstrom but are implementing plans to grow the business in the coming years. I’m currently discussing custom built boat projects, both power and sail, with prospective owners both here in Ireland and abroad. We’ve teamed up with two boat dealerships in Ireland, I’ll be announcing details soon, and I’m also beginning to target the UK and northern Europe. Initial contacts with specialist brokers have been very positive.
Official celebrations are being postponed slightly to coincide with the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival at the end of May where Roeboats first boat will be making it’s debut where clients can get a chance to see the fine craftsmanship and excellent sea keeping of the Ninigret. So if you’d like to have a look at what Roeboats are up to why not head to Baltimore for the 28-30th. of May
If I could build one boat for myself I would build a Dark Harbor 17. Twenty-five feet overall with a 17.5′ waterline, this gaff rigged beauty is the quintessential gentleman’s day boat. Those graceful overhangs and fine hull shape combined with her long keel and simple cuddy all combine into something incredibly beautiful. You couldn’t name this boat after your wife or husband; they could get very jealous. You could very easily start to spend all your free time out sailing in the best looking boat in the bay. Designed in 1910 by B.B. Crowninshield for the members of the Manchester Yacht Club as a one design racer, they are still being built to this day, a real example of how style never goes out of fashion. It doesn’t look like my wife will let me build one of these for myself, I already spend too much time in the workshop. So if you would like your own Dark Harbor 17 there is no better time to order yours now. I’m offering a free classic tender with each of these boats so hurry before the offer is over. I was thinking of building a new version strip planking and epoxy sheathing for low maintenance and durability. This would result in a lightweight and low maintenance classic wooden gentleman’s day sailor that will give many many years of enjoyable and reliable service.
Wooden boat magazine did a feature article on this beauty in issue 196 May/June 2007 which has some good photos and information about the designer.
I was delighted to see that Roeboats’ recently launched Ninigret was featured in the November issue of The Marine Times. Local journalist Carol Gilbert was kind enough to do a piece about me and Roeboats so it’s great to get some recognition. Hopefully it will lead to some more boat sales. Just as an aside, apparently this is the first Ninigret built in Ireland and I’m sure it won’t be the last. If there are any other journalists who might be interested in doing a piece about Roeboats don’t hesitate to contact me, as I have a few more interesting projects to talk about. I see Carol mentions the J class boats. Well I might not be able to build you one of those just yet, but here’s a much more modest and very competitive smaller sister, the International One Design, I’d build one of these oh yeah.
Well she’s finished and if I don’t mind saying so myself it looks great. The client was delighted which is really all that matters. I am so impressed with how Ninigret handles, she will literally turn in just over her own length and at full throttle there is no, not a bit, of cavitation when she’s turned hard over and she feels solid ( there’s no fear of being tossed out of the boat). No wonder Ninigrets designer John Atkin built one for his retirement. A Ninigret would be your perfect day-boat or even tender to a larger boat. Powered by a 30 hp outboard motor in a well she is lightweight, stylish and blissfully quiet.
22′ Length overall
20′ Waterline length
6′ 8″ Beam
25-40 hp Outboard
Price incl. Engine and trailer 29,500 euro
Price:24,500 euro boat only
E-mail Tiernan for more details or call +353 (0)28 38973
Built using the finest Bruynzeel Okoume Marine plywood which is then encapsulated in West System Epoxy and finished with two part epoxy and polyurethane paint. A Roeboats built Ninigret will be your perfect low maintenance and low fuel consuming stylish day-boat or camp cruiser.
STOP PRESS: Ninigret was chosen as Wooden Boat Magazine’s Boat of the week see here.
Here’s a short slide show of the boat being winched up on to the trailer. It went very smoothly i just put some wooden rollers under the keel for the first half and then a piece of greased melamine coated chipboard for the last few feet. I subsequently spread the aft rollers a little to increase the distance between the chine and the rails on the trailer.
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.
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.