Students building the backbone of a clinker boat.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New boatbuilding courses scheduled for September and October 2014

Restoration Workshop Continued

In continuation of our recent restoration workshop on a 1960s Stella One  Design, we will be giving a three day hands-on workshop covering all aspects of laying a swept deck on a classic yacht.
Duration: 3 days   9:30am - 4pm
Cost: €300
Tools and materials provided

Date to be confirmed.If you are intersted, please contact us, and we will work towards dates that suit you.
Tel: 0868243073

Monday, November 18, 2013

Restoration workshop on Stella One Design: January 2014

Those of you who've been following our blog on are probably already familiar with our ongoing restoration of Happy Return, a 1961 clinker built Stella One Design. The project offers a huge variety of interesting work - an excellent opportunity to teach a whole range of boatbuilding skills.
For 2014, we are planning a series of short workshops giving participants the opportunity to learn the details of professional boat restoration and boatbuilding.

Rui has just built a new shelter
and scaffolding around Happy Return
to cater for a safe and comfortable
working environment

The first workshop is planned to take place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of January, depending on numbers and date preferences ( contact us asap to tell us when suits you best: tel: 0868243073 )
Skills to be covered include: 
Clinker planking: fitting sheer planks
Deck construction: fitting deck beams, making and fitting knees
Planning and laying out a swept deck.
9am - 4pm, 1 hour lunch break
Cost: €300

All tools and materials are provided.

Instructors: Rui Ferreira & Graham Bailey

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Steaming Workshop: 4th,5th and 6th of October

In October 2011 we began lofting the lines of an old west cork clinker boat we found abandoned. Various enthusiastic learners participated in our series of workshops during the year in which we built a replica step by step. The boat is now fully planked - ready to be timbered out. Experience the exciting technique of steaming solid oak ribs and gunwhales in our upcoming workshop!
Date: 4th,5th and 6th October 2012
Cost: €300    Tools, Materials and Lunches included
Venue: Rui and Anke's workshop in: Dereenalomane, Ballydehob, Co.Cork

Monday, April 23, 2012

How we fit a clinker Plank

There are lots of different ways to go about this. The following is the procedure we follow and teach to participants of our workshops. It is the way learned it from our inspiring teachers at IBTC.

A spile board is prepared - ideally this is a straight grained plank thicknessed to 5 or 6mm. Pieces can be joined ( with temporary screws) to make up the whole length of the boat - but best results are obtained if the spile board is one piece and fits the desired position approximately.
It is pegged into place carefully, using clamps only at the bow and transom. Adjustements are made until removing a peg does not cause the board to bulge or slip out of position.

Care is taken that the spile board comes up to the moulds and that it lies fair on the lap of the previous plank.
From the inside of the boat, a pencil line is marked along the top edge of the previous plank.
Each mould position is marked.
The stem angle is marked using a dummy stick along the rabbet.

The spile board is then removed and placed onto the lumber. Using a dummy stick, the top edge of the previous plank is marked out. Plank widths are measured at the mould positions, stem and transom. These marks are then faired with a batten.

The plank is then cut out on the bandsaw, planed to shape and thicknessed.
The forward brow ( bottom edge) is cut, and the overlap is marked all along the inner, bottom edge of the plank. It is then offered up to the boat and adjusted until it fits.

The plank is then removed. The top edge diminishing rebates are cut fore and aft and the aft bottom edge brow is planed on. For more details click here.

The inside of the plank is sanded and the top inside edge is chamfered.
A bedding compound such as sikaflex is used at stem and transom.

For an intersting article on repairing clinker planking, follow this link.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rigging Workshop with Professional Rigger 21st & 22nd of April

Materials sponsored by

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your running rigging?
Learn to make professional braid on braid as well as rope on wire splices using hi-tec ropes including spectra and dyneema.
Get the details, skills and ideas needed to get your rig functional, easy to maintain and longer lasting.

This intense, 2-day workshop will be presented by Francis Segretier, who is a professional sailor and rigger. he is also the coach of the Irish para-olympic sailing team

Date: 21st & 22nd of April
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost:   €200
Tools and materials provided
Light lunch included.

For booking and info contact:
tel: 0868243073

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Traditional Clinker Planking 30th March - 1st April

The students of our last workshops have built a beautiful backbone and fitted those tricky gardboards. Join us in our upcoming workshop on traditional clinker planking.
Learn how to:
~ Mark out the planking widths to ensure beautiful lines.
~ spile to obtain the true shape of a plank
~ plane rebates and brows
~ "clink" copper nails to fasten the planking together.

All shaping, planing and cutting will be carried out using hand tools - some prior knowledge of basic hand skills is required.

To learn more about our method of clinker planking click here.
After careful fitting the plank is finally fastened
using the clenched copper nails and rooves
Tools and materials will be provided

Dates: Upcoming: 30th March - 1st April
                               12th - 14th April
                               26th - 28th April
           Contact us for dates that suit you!
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: €300

The workshop is limited to four places. Please send a deposit of €100 to secure your place.

Contact us by email:
or by phone: 0868243073 or 0861725550
Learn how to apply our localised steaming technique.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Patterns,Moulds and Backbones: 19-22 January

The Follow-on: From theory to practice!

In this intense, hands-on workshop you will learn how to start building a boat using its lofted full-sized drawings.Learn to make patterns and moulds directly from the drawings, and use them to shape and assemble all members of the backbone of the boat.
All shaping, planing and cutting will be carried out using hand tools - some prior knowledge of basic hand skills is required.

Tools and materials will be provided.

Date: 19-22 January
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: €350
The workshop is limited to six places. Please send a deposit of €100 to secure your place.
Contact us by email:
or by phone: 0868243073   or 0861725550

Course Schedule

  • Pattern and mould making
  •  Shaping Stem, Apron, keel, hog, deadwood and transom.
  • Transferring and planing on bevels and chamfers
  • Cutting and fitting scarf joints
  • Preparing copper bolts
  • Assembling backbone
  • Setting up moulds and backbone ready for planking