Traditional Galway Hooker built on the west coast of Ireland as a sailing fishing boat. Strong construction of larch on massive oak frames. Major refit in 2003 with new keel, garboards and other planking. Recent works include repairs to deck and coachroof. Gaff cutter rig on solid pole mast. Yanmar 20hp diesel. 2 berths and galley.
Traditional Galway Hooker from Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland, built as a fishing boat and designed to deal with the harsh north Atlantic weather found on that coastline. The Galway hookers were traditional fishing boats of the area and are easily recognisable by their steeply raked counter stern, bluff bows and exaggerated tumble home on the topsides.
She was built for a Mr Bermingham on Island Eddy in Inner Galway Bay by a renowned boat builder . Originally rigged as a púcán, a dipping lug type sail, but has since been converted to the traditional gaff cutter. She left Galway over 40 years ago for Dublin where she stayed for a number of years before being taken back to Galway by the present owner
The current owner did a major refit between 2001 and 2003 with some new framing and planking, replacement of the keel, garboards, stem and rudder post and new coamings and weatherboards.
Built in the 1930’s by local boatbuilder Reaney to his own design. Reaney was well known for building Galway Hookers.
Planked in ¾” Larch fastened with iron boat nails to 2.5” square sawn oak frames at 10” centres. Massive construction, typical of the design that was capable of working in the harsh west coast waters.
Solid teak laid deck sheathed in epoxy cloth. Sheathing new in 2013.
Teak coachroof coamings with marine plywood coachroof deck, all sheathed in epoxy. Deck and sheathing new in 2013.
Hardwood keel new in 2001 with external iron ballast keel and 330kg of internal lead trimming ballast. Galvanised steel keel bolts last drawn in 2003.
Cockpit with scrubbed teak thwarts and coamings. Tiller steering.
Wide foredeck with centre line bowsprit through a galvanised gammon iron with a single chain roller. Varnished teak forehatch aft of the bowsprit.
Narrow side decks due to the wide coachroof which gives increased internal volume. High laminated hardwood toe rail toe rail spanning the mid ships section of the decks on coverboards that were replaced in 2013. Full length handrails on the coachroof with the entrance hatch off set to port at the aft end.
Small aft deck with a large galvanised mooring cleat on the centre line and a stainless steel mainsheet horse.
Rig Gaff cutter
Gaff cutter rig on solid keel stepped pine pole mast.
Solid pine slab reefing boom with solid pine bowsprit. Bobstay chain and whisker stays on block and tackles.
Single lower and single cap shroud in stainless steel wire with mixed stainless and galvanised rigging screws to external galvanised chainplates. Rigging approximately 5 years old.
Mainsail Cullen 298 ft2 3 years Very good
Staysail Cullen 100 ft2 4 years Very good
Jib Cullen 95 ft2 3 years Very good
Pair of Barton sheet winches on the cockpit coamings.
Yanmar 2GM20 2 cyl 20hp diesel engine, installed 2002. Water pump and engine beds replaced in 2011.
Kanzki reduction gearbox with single lever controls to stainless steel shaft and 3 blade bronze propeller.
70L stainless steel fuel tank in port cockpit locker.
2 x 12 volt batteries located in the engine space for engine starting and domestic power. Charging is from engine alternator.
Accommodation 2 berths
Open plan accommodation with 2 long berths either side. Fitted cushions to the bunks. Sitting headroom.
Entrance through the hatch with steps down over the engine box. Galley to starboard with 2 burner stainless gas hob
Painted pine cabin sole boards with some storage lockers.
Contest steering compass
Hand held Icom VHF
Garmin hand held GPS
4 x Lifejackets
38lb Fishermans Anchor
38lb Stockless anchor
5 fathoms 3/8” chain spliced to 10 fathoms of braided warp
2 fathoms 3/8” chain with 15 fathoms of warp
2.3hp Honda outboard
Heavy duty winter cover
An interesting traditional fishing boat from Irelands West coast which has been well looked after and had all necessary work carried out. A large refit finished in 2003 saw the replacement of significant amounts of the bottom end including garboards and keel, while a 2013 refit has addressed problems in the coachroof. Good solid boat that will provide great fun sailing and be admired wherever she goes.