Roeboats featured in Marine Times

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.

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


John Alden 1938 Quill 32′ motor cruiser / day boat

Just look at this beauty of a boat. You’ll be the envy of every boater in an Alden Quill. Designed when boats where built to be used not just marketed as the biggest caravan available for a given length. This is a 32′ boat with two berths, a small galley and a head, is powered by two modest 96 hp diesel engines and will go 22 knots. Yes it’s another semi-planning hull but you have to admire this type for it’s fuel efficiency and sea kindly attributes. It’s not just the beautiful classic looks that make this boat attractive to a modern boater it’s the large cockpit and open wheelhouse. Two things that you want when you’re entertaining friends or fishing. Nobody likes being shut away at the helm missing out on all the fun and passengers can duck in out of the weather without having to risk mal de mer by being enclosed below.

32' Quill photo by kind permission of

32' Quill photo by kind permission of

Designed by John Alden in 1938 Quill is a boat that would be a stunning and easily maintained modern classic, which you would be proud and privileged to own. If you are looking for a capable and stylish day boat or weekend camper contact Tiernan Roe at +353 28 38973 or use the comment form below. For more information on John Alden see here

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


West Cork Launch Site No. 3 Ahakista

Here’s another launch site in west Cork on the Sheep’s Head peninsula a very secluded and remote part of west Cork. Located approximately half way along Dunmanus bay it is the perfect place to start exploring this beautiful part of the country.The pier here is busy with both private and fishing boats and it boasts an excellently maintained and wide slip. The harbour itself is quite sheltered and Kitchen Cove proper is well protected from most points of the compass. ahakista

As you can see in the picture above tenders are tied up to railings at the head of the slip but don’t really interfere with launching and retrieving your boat. ahakista1

There is water available at the pier and a difibulator if you’re in need of one. There’s a pub just up from the pier with a beer garden overlooking the water and is a fine place for a few sunny pints.ahakista2

This will Shena Christinas home port and I spent a few beautiful days there putting the boat through some sea trials, unfortunately I was too busy to take any photos.

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

18’classic runabout with 20hp goes 18mph

I think everybody would like to have a classic wooden runabout to go blasting about in. I know I would; but often these runabouts are really really expensive, have large thirsty engines and have a tendency to slam in a chop. So much so that one may spill ones drink (Tut tut). Well this boat designed by William Hand in the 1920s solves those problems and when built by Roeboats will be the most economical and low maintenance wooden runabout available today. New or antique.


At 18’long, Jane will carry 4 or 5 passengers in classic luxury, surrounded by the beautiful wooden hull and fitted with polished stainless deck hardware this will be a jewel of a boat. But the good news doesn’t stop there. When Jane was designed, engines were big and heavy, so even a modest 20hp engine was a behemoth, by replacing this with a modern diesel not only will the weight be reduced ( leaving room for a bigger drinks cabinet and modern conveniences ) but also fuel efficiency and noise. Of course modern diesels are extremely reliable and parts for most are easy to source ( they are mostly marinised versions of industrial engines). What’s more William Hands design is literally revolutionary, because I think we have to look to boats of the past to build the boats of the future. Boats that require modest horsepower to achieve speeds that are realistic for the average boater. William Hand was a master of this type of seakindly, good looking boats that will look even better when built new by Roeboats.


If you would like a Jane of your own why not contact Tiernan Roe at +353 86 1586937 or at roeboats(at) I’m always interested in talking about boats. or use the contact form below.

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


All done

Here's me giving her full throttle

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
12″ Draught
Berths 2
Manual toilet
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.

Just the right amount of throttle for the weight

STOP PRESS: Ninigret was chosen as Wooden Boat Magazine’s Boat of the week see here.

Minimal wake means all the power is used to go forward.



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


A boat is born


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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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


Nearly finished

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.nearlyfinished3150pixHere’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.

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


Inch by Inch, Row by row, launch time gets closer.

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.


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


Deck on, Cabin trunk in and Roof under construction

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.

Deck on

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.


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


Progress continues on Ninigret 22′ power boat

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.

parts painted and awaiting installation

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