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Ilen Boatbuilding School CityOne dinghies racing on the Shannon in the heart of Limerick city – just one aspect of a remarkable organisation’s many activities
Historic Boats
Many people have dropped by the Old Cornstore on the riverside at Oldcourt in West Cork to see work progressing on the restoration of the 1926 Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen writes WM Nixon. And naturally they’ll have the impression that…
Barracuda, a €1m-plus stealth style Irish built military vessel vessel built by Safehavan Marine. The high-tech vessel is undergoing trials with the help of the Irish Navy (Afloat adds with the above LE Ciara) and the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster.
Boatyards
#militaryboat - Cobh-based boatbuilding company Safehaven Marine, has revealed footage of its new Barracuda vessel undergoing a high-speed boarding trial with the Irish Navy writes the Evening Echo. The Barracuda which Afloat reported of its launch in 2015 is a high…
The original Colleen design as commissioned from Alan Buchanan by Royal Cork YC members in 1950. Bill Trafford of Alchemy Marine has been asked to provide a re-creation based on a second-hand but sound glassfibre hull, though of a different design.
Cork Harbour
Bill Trafford of Alchemy Marine, hidden away in the farmland of Skenakilla west of Mitchellstown in north County Cork, has carved himself a unique reputation in recent years for successfully re-imagining glassfibre boats of a certain age, and transforming them…
The 56ft ketch Ilen shortly after her launch at Baltimore in 1926
Historic Boats
When the restoration project on the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien/Tom Moynihan Falkland Islands Trading Ketch got under way at two locations – Liam Hegarty’s boat-building shed in the former Cornstore at Oldcourt near Baltimore, and the Ilen Boat-building School premises…
The new Howth 17 Orla bound for her first race on Tuesday August 1st
Howth YC
There is something almost sacred about the arts and crafts of the boat-builder writes W M Nixon. As the warm and enthusiastic response to our recent story on Afloat.ie about the veteran Wexford boat-builder Larry Duggan reaching his ninetieth birthday…
Fifty years of service – Willie Lee (left) with former Crosshaven Boatyard Managing Director Wally Morrissey at the party on Friday
Boatyards
A very pleasant nostalgia-laden party in The Oar pub in Crosshaven on Friday night honoured shipwright Willie Lee, who was retiring after fifty years with Crosshaven Boatyard writes W M Nixon. In addition to colleagues past and present, the attendance…
Tom MacSweeney racing Seascapes at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Island Nation

Launch Your Boat Time!

25th April 2017
It’s launching time at Castlepoint Boatyard at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour where I keep SCRIBBLER II. That’s my Sigma 33, named rather appropriately for a journalist/scribe, as I’ve been told. The first SCRIBBLER was a Ruffian 23, much sailed and…
The ICRA Nationals run from June 6 in Cork Harbour
ICRA
ICRA has issued a notice to all Cruiser Racers attending June's Royal Cork Yacht Club National Championships this year in Cork Harbour that full lifting facilities will be available through the following suppliers: · Salve Marine is right beside the yacht…
Building a wooden sailing boat using WEST epoxy
Boatyards
Now hear this, all you folk who would like to make the best of the boat-building, modifying and repair potential of the famous WEST system. A workshop is being held tomorrow in Dublin by Gary Thompson from West System International’s…
Close up of a typical Airtonic heater installation on a yacht
Boatyards
A generic guide to the important differences between marine and vehicle heater systems. At this decidedly chilly time of year, the regular use and expected performance of your boat’s marine heating system will no doubt be at the forefront of…
There’s no escaping it, there’s a nip in the air....prepare your boat for winter. Read the checklist below.
Boatyards
Putting your boat away for Winter may not be the most exciting topic of this sailing season but a few jobs done right now might save you a lot next summer. Following the devastation recently caused by the first major hurricane…
Tom MacSweeney's Sigma 33 Scribbler ashore in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
It is, in my experience, an awful thing to board your boat and see the damage which has been done to it by thieves who have broken-in. That happened to me a few years ago on my mooring at Crosshaven…
Well done to anyone who spots the typo in this first version of the community invitation to the Ilen Decking-Ceremony at Oldcourt near Baltimore on Saturday October 15th.
Historic Boats
We well know from running stories now and again about the restoration of the Conor O’Brien 57ft ketch Ilen at Oldcourt near Baltimore for Limerick’s Ilen Boat-building School just what a high level of interest it arouses at home and…
MGM's 50 ton travel hoist lifts the Dun Laoghaire lifeboat
Boatyards
With just over three weeks til the clocks go forward and with the smell of antifouling in the air at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, it can only mean one thing; the Irish summer boating season is just round the corner. Boatyards…
Boatyards
Fitzgerald Marine is a manufacturer and importer of fibreglass boats, with purpose built warehouses and a yard on the outskirts of Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. Established in 1988, Fitzgerald Marine has become one of the country's top producers of small…
Boatyards
Crosshaven Boat Yard was established almost 60 years ago. Based in Cork Harbour, the yard has a fine tradition in boat building but with changing times there has been a change of emphasis and Crosshaven Boat Yard no longer builds…

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