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.