Chris o' Kanaird
Chris o' Kanaird - launched 31st October 2009
The Chris o' Kanaird was the prototype St Ayles
skiff to be built for the Scottish Fisheries Museum and was the
first boat to be part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project.
The build started on the 29th August 2009 and took less than
three months to complete with the help several people, in
particular Chris Perkins, whose name the boat is in honour of. A
trial run took place in Methil harbour on the 25th October to
check she was seaworthy and was then officially launched in
Anstruther in brilliant sunshine the following Saturday 31st
In keeping with the traditional wooden construction the oar fixings are wooden kabes and ropes and stretchers used for footplates. There was something very satisfying on hearing the loud clunk as the oar hits the kabe and the four rowers keep in time. The wooden footplates are adjustable to ensure that the rower, no matter how tall, can move the plate to suit their needs.
Over time the fixings were changed as better methods were introduced to make it easier for new rowers and less cumbersome. A fabulous boat that has sparked the enthusiasm of many communities and rowers.