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Paynesville VIC 3880.

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Specializing in the restoration and building of fine craft.

The St Ayles Skiff


The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed to encourage Coastal Rowing & Racing around the Scottish Coastline and Lochs. Communities are encouraged to become involved in the building of new boats to be rowed. Members of the community then also become involved, many for the first time, in using the sea for fitness, friendship, and competition.
In the first season of boat building, oar making, practices, regattas and meetings around the Scottish Coast, hundreds of people new to these activites enjoyed the teamwork required to build and race these skiffs. As well as making new friends within their communities, participants met and learned about the other communities who are participating, many of which share a common history through the sea.
The design of the St Ayles Skiff was commissioned from Iain Oughtred by the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther, Fife. In Australia, Straydogboatworks.com is the licenced supplier of kits for the design. The basic principle of this project is that the boats to be raced should be available at as low a price as possible. The estimated cost of completion of one of these skiffs is around $6000. The concept has been a remarkable success with more than 40 boats either in use or in build throughout Scotland. It has now attracted world wide attention. The building of five St Ayles Skiff is confirmed in Maine, USA. When will it start here in Australia?
Can we here in Australia emulate this Boatbuilding & Rowing Challenge, the bold beginning of a grassroots effort which could be emulated around the world? It's an endeavor to involve communities and hopefully school programs, in the team-building aspects of boatbuilding and then competitively rowing one specific boat: Iain Oughtred's 22', 150kg clinker plywood St.Ayles Skiff, with a crew of four rowers and one helmsperson.
Talk to us about this exciting project.