(Stornoway) Traditional Wooden Boat Maintenance
When We Need You
From 02/02/2009 onwards
An Sulaire Trust is a charity to promote sailing of the traditional dipping lug specific to Ness in the island of Lewis. In the winter months we do essential maintenance on the boat and the opportunity is there for anyone to come and join in. No previous experience is necessary to learn this traditional skill: we welcome everybody, children included.
About An Sulaire Trust
An Sulaire Trust is based at Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland and is a registered charity which owns and sails the only full size sgoth niseach (Ness Boat) in existence
An Sulaire is a link to the Hebrides historic past and is simply one of the most increadible sailing experiences available . An Sulaire Trust was formed in 1993 to build and maintain a full size sgoth niseach (Ness Boat). These boats were used in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by the fishermen of north east Lewis to win a living from the sea... none survive from the fleets that were once counted in the hundreds.
An Sulaire was bult by John Murdo Macleod, Master Boatbuilder, whose grandfather's boatyard was the last to build commercially, and his assistant Angus Smith. She was launched in December 1994 at Cuddy Point, Stornoway.
Skills & Experience
No experience necessary - just a willingness to learn.
Work happens in Stornoway on a Saturday during winter. This is often in a covered area, but on occasion might involve working outdoors.
Children of 9 - 14 can join in if accompanied by an adult.
Training and Induction Details
There is always someone there to help new volunteers and show them what to do. An experienced member is on hand at each session.
Sport / Outdoor activities
Lifts could be organised.
No Wheelchair Access
No Disabled Toilet
Frequency & Commitment
Work usually happens on Saturdays from 11am on.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
30 Vatisker Park
Isle of Lewis
Contact: Amanda Darling
Tel: 01851 706546