This blog will follow our building of Canada’s first St. Ayles skiff. Starting in January, twelve of us living in the Bay of Quinte area of eastern Ontario, will start work on building the skiff and her oars. Divided into two crews, we will be working in the shop two days a week, with an expected launch date in May. By recording our endeavor on this blog, we hope to encourage other Canadian groups to build this beautiful craft, ideally in our local area, for some friendly competition on the water.
The St. Ayles skiff is a 22 foot, four oarsman rowing boat which originated as a collaborative effort in 2009 by the Scottish Fisheries Museum and Alec Jordan of Jordan Boats to re-invigorate coastal rowing and boatbuilding in Scotland. Iain Oughtred was commissioned to design a glued lapstrake version of the Fair Isle Skiff which Alec Jordan then turned into a kit for construction by amateurs. The boat has become a phenomenal success with boats being built and raced around the world.