IWAI - Dublin Branch - our Fleet!

L.E. Dubhlinn
L.E. Dubhlinn  specification

Dimensions: 6m x 2m x 0.90m

Material: Heavy build steel

Weight: 1.50 tons

Engines: 1 x 40hp Yamaha 4-stroke

Builder: Custom built by German Military.

She was originally used to pull and push heavy water craft and before we bought her she was used to manoeuvre barges.

L.E.Dubhlinn's insurance is kindly sponsored by Allianz

Schedule 2010
February re Launch, Grand Canal Dock
20/02/2010 Spencer Dock workparty
12/09/2010 The LE Dubhlinn is at the Phizzfest - Putting the "Phizz" into Phibsborough
01/10/2010 The boat attended the official opening of the Royal Canal at Richmond Harbour.
22/10/2010 Dubhlinn attends Naas rally
06/11/2010 Dubhlinn returns to Grand Canal Dock
Schedule 2008
08/03/08 Launch, Poolbeg
17/03/08 St. Patrick's Parade, River Liffey - cancelled due to tidal conditions.
15/03/08 cruise to Naas
got as far as Harold's Cross!
OK we tried, but we were defeated by a combination of lowered basin, mattress, concrete pipe etc. over St. Patrick's weekend
20/04/08 We participated in the Rathmines Festival.  See some photos here
17/05/08 on the Liffey with the Dublin Rally - photos here

On December 8th 2007, immediately following the Dublin Branch AGM, Ruth Delany officially launched the L.E. Dubhlinn, a steel boat which the Branch intend to use (in the most practical way possible) to promote traffic on Dublin's waterways. 

More details to follow.  Current planned usage is detailed at right.

More photos are here.

The 1st Launch

The early morning news on the 8th December 2007 highlighted gale-force winds and extensive flooding throughout the country - not an ideal day on which to launch a boat!  Safety concerns and common sense dictated that she be "launched" where she sat on her trailer.  Following a quick bowl of hot soup (with thanks to Peter Johnson), the esteemed Ruth Delany ably assisted by branch chair, Gerry O'Hara performed the launching ceremony and our shiny blue boat became the L.E. Dubhlinn and a little bit less shiny!.  The boat was then blessed by Fr. Derek Harris who reminded us that familiarity and complacency is the enemy of all sailors whether on the ocean or the calmer waters of our canals

The 2nd Launch

The boat was finally put in the water on March 8th, 2008.  You can see a few more photos (the heavens opened) here.

In addition to the L.E. Dubhlinn, the branch has three Pioner fibreglass dinghies/tenders.

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We are passionate about Dublin's waterways - if you have an interest or think you'd like to help in any way, please join us.

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