I was delighted to be interviewed by Soundings Magazine for the May issue. I was even more delighted when this dropped into my inbox. I wasn’t expecting almost a whole page of coverage that will be read by as many a 155,000 boat enthusiasts all across the United States. Wow I’m almost famous first the radio interview and now this. If you’d like to read the article you can download a PDF here
Don’t forget that Roeboats will be attending the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival the 28th to 30th of May and I’ll be showing the Ninigret I built last year. I also have a new print brochure for the festival which you can download a PDF here
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
Well the picture book of the building of Shena Christina is done. It arrived in the post today and looks pretty good. Of course all I can see are the bits that I could have done better, but that’s always the way isn’t it. You can have a preview of the book here. The masters of English literature needn’t worry but thankfully there’s lots of pictures. This is for the client to have as a memento of the project. I hope he likes it.
Epilogue: The client contacted me moments after receiving the book in the post, to say how delighted he was with it.
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.
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.