A U.S. design on the waters of Ireland


An Irish boatbuilder is using a time-tested American design from the late John Atkin to launch his business.

Tiernan Roe, founder of Roeboats in County Cork on Ireland's south coast, was born nearly a decade after John Atkin designed the Ninigret 22 in 1963. While choosing a hull form for his first boat, Roe discovered that Atkin's slender, seakindly lapstrake design was just the dayboat he'd been looking for.


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The wooden Ninigret 22 will reach top speeds of 15 to 20 knots with a 20- to 40-hp outboard, says Roe, a former furniture designer and builder with a degree in industrial engineering. The outboard is concealed in a covered well.

Roe followed the Atkin design closely, but varied the deck layout to suit Ireland's climate. "[Atkin] had designed it for a canvas top over the cabin part, which would suit a warmer, drier clime, but here in Ireland we get an awful lot of rain, so I put a hardtop on," he says.