18th century boat house to be restored

The 18th century boat house.
The 18th century boat house.

Carvel planked, traditional clinker or cold moulded? A foreign language to many but second nature to youngsters involved in a project to preserve traditional skills.

This year will see the launch of a new home for this project as work officially begins on an 18th century boat house at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. PORT (Portsoy Organisation for Restoration and Training) has been working on plans to restore the Boatshed into a community centre that teaches traditional skills and boat restoration. The foundation stone for the revamped Boatshed will be laid during the Festival which this year takes place from the 27th – 29th June 2014.

James Crombie, Festival vice chairman and PORT founder says, “The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival has always aimed to respect maritime traditions and skills and to keep these alive and relevant for people of all ages. PORT provides a bridge between the old and the new by introducing young people to traditional skills. The Festival offers the perfect platform for the launch of the Boat Shed project – especially as it will be the setting for the inaugural North Sea Ring meeting, which will see countries from around the North Sea come together and share maritime traditions.”

The Boatshed will give the local community a spacious workshop which allows training and restoration of traditional boats to be undertaken in full view of the public. The project was launched to educate young people on traditional craft skills, but they also learn about basic geometry, interpersonal skills and teamwork. The training programme takes participants through to learning to sail the boats they have helped to create.