This traditional Gleóiteog is one of the few remaining built in 1929 by the Casey Brothers of Mweenish Island, Connemara.
AntUltach (The Ulster) has recently been completely refurbished - documented by Watercraft magazine.
This is the smaller Galway Hooker known as a Gleóiteog which the English translation means "pretty boat"
These sturdy boats were built for carrying cargo of turf, fish, building materials and provisions to the Islands of Connemara and Galway Bay.
This Gleóiteog has served her time as a fishing vessel.
Rigged in the traditional manner with gaff main, jib on a bowsprit and staysail.
Hull completely refurbished in 2012. Traditional tan sails made in 2013 by Dara Baily of Connemara.
An tUltach presents a unique opportunity to acquire a totally refurbished example of the beautiful Gleóiteog classic.
Please ask for a copy of the magazine article.
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Battery for pump with solar panel.
Anchor & chain
10 H.P. Marimer outboard with 25l remote tank
Four wheel yard trailer
Iroko was chosen for the planking as the timber available was well seasoned.
Stem and inner keel replaced.
On checking the ribs it was found they had been fastened through the gunwale with 6 X three eights hand made square nails driven into the end grain of the timbers. Each and every one had been split by 80 years of movement of the boat.
Hardboard templates were made of each rib before cutting from broad iroko planks.
A 6" X 3" iroko piece to make an inner keel which was fastened through the outer keel with 3/8ths stainless steel thread rods.
The transom was made from three pieces of iroko and new gunwales laminated from 2" Douglas fir.
Siberian larch was used for the garboards supplied in 17' lengths which allowed each plank to be made from a single board. These boards were twisted through 90 degrees from vertical at the stem to horizontal amidships.
At this stage the hull was turned upside down and sprayed with wood preservative.
Planking then commenced from the garboards working down to the sheer.
Irish larch from a a nearby forest. Nice straight knot free timber selected from the local saw mill.