AK Ilen Restoration Project


This ambitious and exciting project is directed by a panel of wooden boat experts, including naval architect Michael Tyrrell of Arklow. A comprehensive programme of work is underway in Hegarty's Boatyard, Oldcourt, Skibbereen, West Cork.

The initial phase of her refit involves the renewal of elements of Ilen’s timber structure and re-planking. This work is being funded through an innovative series of workshops in which skilled and semi-skilled volunteers participate in the work, supervised by qualified shipwrights.

The refit of the Ilen is a signature project for the AK Ilen Company which is committed to the principle of sustainability in construction and recreational activity through the rebuilding of a unique traditional wooden vessel.

Ilen will play a significant role in promoting maritime heritage through regular visits to harbours throughout the Southwest and further afield, offering onboard educational workshops and other activities. Ilen is intended to raise awareness of shared maritime connections and history, focusing interest on the environmental amenity value of traditional sail.

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