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Detailed Plans for Building a 23-foot / 7m River Shannon Gandelow

ISBN 13 Number: 978-0-9930784-1-5: Building a River Shannon Gandelow: Step-by-Step Guide with Plans.    Recommended Retail Price (RRP) in the UK: 30 GBP, 35 Euro or $45.

     The book is a workshop-friendly spiral bound handbook. It has 98 pages with 7 tables of dimensions and 85 figures (colour photographs and diagrams) of which nine are detailed A3-sized plans.

     This is the definitive guide to building the 23-foot (7-metre) gandelow which was published in May 2015. The book is based on the work done in spring 2014 at the A. K. Ilen School for Wooden Boat Building, in Limerick, Ireland when four boats were built - so you can have confidence in the instructions.

     It is a practical handbook that explains in detail how to build one of the river Shannon’s most elegant fishing boats. It contains detailed plans printed on A3-sized pull-out pages (for the 23-foot version only). It also has diagrams showing section and plan views of the boat and tables of design dimensions ready to be scaled up (lofted) and used.

     You can order the book now from the author, by clicking on this email link. You can download a free 10-page summary copy here (PDF, 1.5 MB) containing the contents, Index, a glossary and two sample plans pages (reduced to A4 sized).



Corrections: We apologise for the fact that the photograph on the frontispiece of the book (of three people rowing a gandelow in Limerick) is credited incorrectly to Gary MacMahon. It should be credited to Sean Curtin, Irish photographer. Owners of the book should review this list of corrections (PDF, 55kb) as a small number of errors have been noticed in some books since publication. Please apply the corrections to your book before using the Guide. Thank you


Plans for a 16-foot (4.8 metre) Gandelow

     Until this year (January 2017) there were no detailed plans available for the 15-foot gandelow. This was because it is a size that is rarely built (the 18-foot, 5.5 metre, one is the smallest usually made). Previously, sketch plans for the 15-foot version were drawn in 2012 from a boat built for the Foynes Flying Boat Museum in Ireland.

     But that is about to change! In 2017, a new version of the 15-foot gandelow boat was built in England with a ‘butterfly stern’, rather than a dory-style wedge transom - see our blog which documented the progress. Now that that boat has been constructed and tested (you can see her sailing in the videos on this page), detailed plans will be produced soon for a 16-foot (4.8 metre) version and published as an addition to the main plans book described above. In the meantime, to register your interest, please the author, by clicking on this email link.

[As at 10 Jan 2019]