In October 2016 we started the build of a St. Ayles Skiff.
The St. Ayles Skiff is a four oared clinker built rowing boat with a design originally commissioned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum. The boat measures 22ft long and nearly 6ft wide but weighs very little (around 160kg). This will allow it to be carried by our young people and make transportation very easy.
We’re very excited that our boat is the first St. Ayles Skiff to be built for the River Thames and by a youth organisation. The boat will be launched in 2019, the Scout Group’s 110th year which makes the project extra special.
The project is being led by a small team of interested people and our young people have been involved at every stage of the build.
We’ve installed a webcam in our workshop that captures an image every couple of minutes when the boat is being worked on. At the end of the project we’ll string these together to make an impressive time-lapse video.