Loch Fyne Skiff
Traditional timber boats propelled by oar and wind have been used on the West coast of Scotland since earliest times with boatbuilding methods and design showing a clear Norse influence or vice versa.
There are many variations but fishing boats were generally double ended craft built of Larch and Oak with a Lug sail and in later years a jib and bowsprit. In Loch Fyne, small skiffs developed into larger boats up to some 37ft (11M) used for ring netting at the end of the 19th century. These boats had a distinctive underwater shape with a steeply raking stern post. Another very recognisable feature is the steeply raking mast positioned well forward in the boat to keep the main working area clear. This type of craft became known as “The Loch Fyne Skiff”.