“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.”
To celebrate Roeboats first anniversary in business are 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, Atlantic Boating, Skibbereen and Marine Action Boats in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary. and we’re 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 or check out www.roeboats.wordpress.com
All the indications are that things can only get better and Roeboats hope to be riding the crest of that wave in one of their classically beautiful fuel efficient boats. So here’s to Roeboats continung a long West Cork tradition of building beautiful practical and sea worthy wooden boats that has continued through good times and bad.