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Afloat magazine profiles Noonan Boats, one of the country’s leading repair facilities
From collision damage, keel fairing right up to osmosis treatments and re-sprays, Noonan boatyard in Newcastle, Greystones Co. Wicklow offers such a comprehensive service on the East Coast there is little need for any boat to go abroad for repairs these days, regardless of the extent of damage.
And news of the quality work has been spreading with boats from the four coasts Ireland coming to Wicklow for a range of work.
Graeme Noonan (left) has extensive big boat repair experience from his time in the marine industry in Sydney, Australia and is an active RS sailor. Founder Tony Noonan (centre) has spent a lifetime in the Irish Marine industry with Neil Watson Yachts, Wicklow Marine Services before setting up Noonan Boats in 1995. Brian Flahive is an active dinghy and keelboat sailor this year finished second in the Round Ireland double-handed class and won the Fireball National Championships.
Father and son team Tony and Graeme Noonan have over 30 years in the business and have recently expanded the premises to over 3,000 sq feet to cater for a growing range of repair work for boats up to 50 feet under cover.
They have a well-established reputation for the treatment of osmosis, to resolve hull blistering. This is a preventative and remedial process that requires specialist treatment.
The bulk of repair work comes from along the East Coast based boats and the nearby port of Dun Laoghaire but the company offers a national service to include transport to and from the Noonan boatyard if required.
“We have an established track record dealing with Insurance companies. No job is too difficult, too small or too big for us” says Tony Noonan.
Most work is carried out in in a purpose-built marine workshop containing two lifting bay facilities that includes keel and rudder repair pits but the firm also carries out on site repairs to suit too.
Repairs are carried out to original specifications and they carry out re-moulding repairs to up to date construction methods e.g. GRP foam core, Balsa core and carbon under vacuum bagging conditions.
A particular speciality is the repair of carbon repairs to dinghy masts, spinnaker poles and hulls. This has become more popular recently with the advent of carbon bowsprits on boats such as the J109s and SB3s.
Keel fairing, the process of improving the accuracy of the shape of a keel to improve boat speed is also high on the jobs list.
The company also has the specialist hot weld equipment to carry out the repair of polyethylene materials as used in the RS Feva and Laser Pico dinghies.
Making a fibreglass repair to bring a boat back to original specification is one thing but matching gel coat to weathered or faded paintwork is quite another. Noonan Boatyard cosmetically match gels to present colour so the repair can appear practically invisible.
Plastic boats are durable but they can split and crack. Repairing them requires specialist heat gun welding equipment
Repair and re-spray
Weathered topsides, especially darker colours, always benefit from a re-spray, tired areas including decks and non-skid areas can also be re-sprayed
Floor matrix repair
After a keel grounding with rocks, for example, damage to a floor matrix may not be immediately visible but it is vital that inner frames are checked and repaired
Osmosis treatment, hot vac and copper coat
The yard uses the latest technology in the treatment of osmosis. Hulls are gel-planed to expose lay up prior to a HOT- VAC process and drying. This can be the stage where copper coat is an economical choice. It ends the need for the expensive and unpleasant annual chore of cleaning and repainting a boat’s hull. Simply hose down the hull at regular intervals, commonly once a year, to remove any build-up of sea-slime. We currently have two examples in our yard at present which show after one year and after ten years of immersion – and still working. Come and see for yourself!
Fully Repaired, Tried and Tested
Noonan Boats completed extensive repairs to Oystercatcher, a Gibsea 37, and when this work was completed the firm entered the boat in the gruelling 704-mile race round Ireland.
Local sailors Brian Flahive (Fireball National Champion) who works at the yard and Bryan Byrne manned what was Wicklow Sailing Club’s first ever yacht to entry into the doubled handed class of the Race. Dubbed the ‘Pride of Newcastle’ the entry finished an impressive winner of IRC III and Cruiser Class IV. The pair also finished second in the two handed class.
It was no easy journey but certainly the repairs stood up to the job, a case of repair work being tried, tested and proven!
The Boatyard, Sea Road, Newcastle, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
Tel/Fax: 01 281 9175 • Mobile: 086 170 8875
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- hull blistering
- lifting bay
- vacuum bagging
- carbon repairs
- dinghy masts
- spinnaker poles
- Laser Pico
- Polyethelene Repair
- Floor matrix
- hot vac
- copper coat
Conditions were varied over the weekend. Friday was a mixture of moderate and light airs but Saturday brought fresh north-westerly winds which tested the fleet and organisers. Sunday's sailing had ultimately to be abandoned. However, by that time a championship series had been completed and competitors enjoyed a sun-drenched forecourt where dancing and swimming replaced racing for the day.
The winners of the National Championships and Open Competition were Brendan Lyden and Marc Cudmore from RCYC followed by Vikki Cudmore and Amy Harrington also from Cork. Two of the UK visitors , Robert and Emma Loveridge from Draycote Water SC and Morgan Peach and Herbie Harford from Royal Torbay YC took third and fourth respectively . Two more RCYC boats, Richard Roberts and Eoin Lyden , and Dermot Lyden and Peter Stokes finished fifth and sixth.
The reigning World Champions, Owen Bowerman and Charlie Darling finished tenth, while the top finishing host club boat, Amelia O'Keeffe and Annabel Elliott, from RSGYC, came twelfth.
Seventeen Irish boats, which all also competed in the 140-boat Feva Worlds in France in July, were present at the Nationals this weekend. They were joined by other fleets from around the country; the RCYC, Greystones, Cove, Howth, NYC, RIYC, Lough Ree and Rush.
Thank you to all volunteers and staff of the Royal St George Yacht Club who worked tirelessly over the three days, especially Jack Roy, the most experienced of the International Race Officers based in Dun Laoghaire, who ensured racing - when weather permitted - went without a hitch.
Three of Ireland's Feva crews are currently in the top ten at the RS Feva Worlds after six races in Carnac, France.
Dermot and Brendan Lyden have three wins between them in their 70-boat groups, ahead of the split into gold and silver fleets.
Ireland's squad is as follows:
Vikki CUDMORE & Amy HARRINGTON Royal Cork Yacht Club -
Tadgh DONNELLY & Tom BYRNE National Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
James EGGERS & Max VAN DER LEE Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
Louisa HAYES & Anna HAYES Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
Sarah HYLAND & Enya O'CONNOR Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
Alex ELLIOTT & Ivan O'KEEFFE Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
Myles KELLY & Patrick CAHILL Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
Katherine GEOGHEGAN & Chloe CROSBIE Royal Cork Yacht Club -
Richard GILMER & Daniel GILMER Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
Brendan LYDEN & Marc CUDMORE Royal Cork YC / BSC -
Dermot LYDEN & Peter STOKES Royal Cork YC / BSC -
Alva MCDERMOTT & Alison KELLY Lough Ree YC / Royal St George YC - Co. Dublin
Josh MCGRATH & Naoise MULCRONE Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
Alexandra MOREHEAD & Grattan ROBERTS Royal Cork Yacht Club -
Amelia O'KEEFFE & Annabel ELLIOTT Royal St George Yacht Club - Co. Dublin
34 Young Irish sailors are taking part at the 2010 RS Feva Worlds, in Carnac, France.
The 140-boat fleet was broken into four groups for the first day of racing yesterday in 9-12 knots, with Irish crews in the top five in three out of four groups.
Racing continues today, with three races scheduled per day every day between now and Friday.
The event is being updated live on the RS Feva Worlds website, rsfeva.org/worlds and we'll bring you updated results on the Irish teams as they progress from the group stages to silver and gold fleets.