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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape


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Building Communities by building boats

The Scottish Boatbuilding School, part of the Scottish Maritime Museum, are working with community groups and volunteers to build two St Ayles skiffs for use by communities within the Garnock Connections area. When complete these community boats will be used on Kilbirnie Loch and at Coastal rowing competitions throughout Scotland.

This project will help keep alive some of the traditional boat building skills that have played such an important role in the history of our area. 

The completed boats will also provide an unusual way to experience the landscape and wildlife of Garnock Connections.

Thanks to lots of hardwork by our boat building volunteers the two skiffs, Garnock and Avocet, are now almost ready to go in the water. We'll be having a celebration event at Irvine Harbourside on the 20th of July to launch the boats. Why noy join us and have a go at rowing one of the shiny new skiffs.

Did you know?

The Skiffs are primarily made out of 8ft by 4ft sheets of marine ply.

Project Location

Get Involved

We're always looking for people to get involved with either the construction or rowing of the skiffs. Whether you want to learn traditional boat building skills or try a new form of fun outdoor exercise get in touch!

Volunteers are welcome with skills in most trades including joinery, painting and welding. Volunteers with Digital experience would also be great.

Contact Details

David Mann

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01294 278 283

Scottish Maritime Museum,
Gottries Road, Irvine

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