It may not look like much at the moment, but this is the very beginning of a new project for Tiernan Roe. Tiernan is a South-West Ireland-based boatbuilder who has recently received a huge amount of positive coverage for a beautiful John Atkin-designed Ninigret 22 he built for a client.
The acclaim has come from quite a variety of sources, including the hard to please Wooden Boat magazine.
Here’s what Tiernan has to say:
‘Just thought you might like to know what I’m up to at the moment. I’ve started building a Karl Stambaugh-designed Catbird 16 cruising sharpie for a client to use on Galway Bay.
It’s to be a ‘sailaway’, as they say – so the client will be doing the rigging and painting. Oh joy!
I’ve attached a few photos of setting up the frames, and I’m hoping to do a bit of a stop motion video when I’m finished and when I get the time.
I hope all is well with you. As always I’m enjoying intheboatshed – only last night reading I was reading about canoe yawls in WP Stephens’ book, and now all I have to do is find a client who wants one.
Anyway if you have any queries etc. don’t hesitate to contact me.
Click here for Tiernan’s weblog. For information about Karl Stambaugh’s Catbird 16, click here.
Boatbuilder Tiernan Roe writes to remind me that the Baltimore Woodenboat Festival takes place in a few days, and kindly sent me some shots of local boats to grab readers’ interest.
His photographs are beautiful so I hope we do manage to persuade at least a few readers to make the journey to the far south-western tip of Ireland. They show currachs on land and in action, and the Heir Island lobsterboat Hanora taken at a charity row around Sherkin Island at the beginning of May.
Tiernan’s own boatbuilding outfit Roeboats will be debuting the Ninigret he built last year, and there should be lots to do and see, and hopefully a few good music sessions as well. It’s been too many years since I last visited the area, but I remember it as a charming, romantic and very musical place. Naturally there will be the usual races, dinners and parties one would expect at such an event.
A particularly significant shindig will be the framing out party for AK Ilen at Hegarty’s Boatyard – which will be followed by a talk on the traditional boats of Ireland.
Ireland’s national maritime radio programme interviewed Tiernan recently (look for the May 7th programme) and he also has a new brochure.
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Ninigret built recently by Irish boat builder Tiernan Roe. Click on the thumbnails for larger photos
These photos of the John Atkin-designed Ninigret recently built by Tiernan Roe show something of her lines developed for low power, and some nice details.
The Ninigret is an easily-driven 22ft design originally intended for fishing in the rough waters of Block Island.
Click here for earlier posts on Tiernan’s Ninigret project including building photos, and a shot of her on the water, and don’t miss Tiernan Roe’s weblog.
Thanks for the photos Tiernan!
There are more photos and articles, and some background about the Ninigret written by John Atkin at the Atkin & Co website.
William Atkin and his son John drew a great many designs over two long careers; two of William’s that have appeared at intheboatshed.net recently are the Matthews Sailer and Vintage.
If you’re developing a real interest in their work, though, the place to go is the forum Yahoogroup atkinboats.
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