LOCH FYNE SKIFF REFIT PROJECT 2017
Since the commencement of the Loch Fyne Skiff Refitproject Tarbert Academy has taken part in two sessions each week.
The youngsters involved Kayleigh Mcneill, Ryan Frew, Jack Hegarty and Daniel Sloss learning to clean off a boat hull, make decking boards, along with other skills such as copper riveting, planing, and sanding. The Skiff was finished throughout with a coating of Stockhome Tar to preserve the timber.
Kaleigh working on bench
All of these activities are part traditional boat building which has played a huge part in Tarbert’s past as a major fishing port on Loch Fyne.
The youngsters have also visited Shemaronthe original Ring Netfishing boat now based in Tarbert Harbour. www.ringnettrust.co.uk
Ryan, Jack, and Daniel with Chris Malkin chair of RNHT
Linda MacPhail Youth worker at Tarbert Academy said: “Participation in the ‘Wee Dooker’ Skiff Boat Project has provided an excellent opportunity; giving the young people involved a chance to engage positively in their local community and learn about their local heritage while strengthening and developing their skill base.”
Within the next few weeks, Wee Dooker will be re-launched and ready for use this summer season to sail locally and join Shemaron as she visits events in the area.
Robert McPhail Trustee RNHT
Ring Net Heritage Trust Scottish Charity No SCO45662 www.ringnetheritagetrust.co.uk