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The Galway School of Boat Building

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The Galway School of Boat Building is run by Jim Horgan of Furbo and is affiliated with the Badóiri Lurgan Spiddal Sailing Club.


For the last six winters Jim has run boat building courses in Spiddal.  The group have built several yawls, Shannon-One-Designs, lake boats and, last year, a very successful new design of sailing curragh which has proved to be very fast. As well as courses locally Jim has done the same in Killala, Kinvara, the Aran Islands and, this year, Waterford.  In the more distant past Jim’s group has built and repaired Gleioteogs.


The size of boat has had to be constrained by the size of the building space available and the capability of the class group.  For the last few years this space has been made available by Jimmy Clancy in the Clann na Mara.  However that option was not available this year and the course is taking place in a shed which is slightly less comfortable for the moment.


If anyone is interested in the group activities please contact Jim on 091 592521. The group meets every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon


The present group has started building a 16’ clinker sailing curragh from scratch but that does not mean others can not join and learn.  Jim’s philosophy is that people who have no appropriate skills should spend one winter involved with learning the process and next year, should they wish, build their own boat either on their own or as part of a syndicate.

You can follow the weekly progress of the build here.





2008-2009: 16' Clinker Sailing Curragh - Status












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