St Ayles - launched 31st October 2010
The St Ayles is our second boat and did take a little longer to construct than the first with the start of the build being made by the students of Adam Smith College. Once they had constructed the hull the boat did lie untouched for a little while until several members of the Museum's Boat Club undertook the job of finishing off the project by the end of October 2010.
The boat was unveiled on the 31st October 2010 on the anniversary of the launch of the first boat and thanks has to go to the Museum Boats Club, in particular Donald McDonald, Tony Davis and Wince Stewart. Built to the same dimensions of the Chris o' Kanaird however, after a great deal of discussions and with the enforcement of the rule to keep to wooden construction we opted to try wooden tholepins and have the rudder controlled by ropes rather that the tiller method used in the Chris o' Kanaird.
This was a great decision as over the years of rowing the St Ayles has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland as well as a couple of trips across to Ireland to compete in regattas and attend various events.
The names St Ayles (pronounced Saint Isles), put forward by Linda Fitzpatrick curator at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, and was very fitting as this is the comes from the sixteenth century chapel which stood round the site of the current Scottish Fisheries Museum courtyard.