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Traditional Boatbuilding: building skiffs

Traditional Boatbuilding: building skiffs

The team from the Museum’s boatbuilding school have recently completed two skiffs as a joint project with Garnock Connections and Rathbone Training.

Here you can have a closer look at the process behind the making of these skiffs. Their hulls are based on a traditional vessel: a Fair Isle Skiff, the model of which can be found in the Scottish Fisheries Museum. It was constructed as a demonstration project in 2009 and started a true revival of the coastal rowing in Scotland.

The original design of the skiff was modernised enabling anyone without a boatbuilding experience to take on a similar project with a bit of guidance from the experienced boatbuilders. Today people from all over the world build similar skiffs and regularly attend championships.

Listen to Martin, the School Manager explaining how these vessels are made.

To discover more about the boatbuilding workshop see: https://skfb.ly/6MyMF

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