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 Build a Boat Project

The idea of the boat project is to engage young people and adults in our community in building a series of simple functional traditional Irish  rowing skiffs. Taking part in this unique project has the potential to be fun, challenging, rewarding and life changing. The boat you build as a team is the boat you put to sea on completion – it is the end and therefore that involves commitment from the start.

 Unlike any other youth participation endeavour building a boat and knowing that each piece of the jigsaw determines your safety creates increased attention and increased dependence on your team mates.

Simplicity is the key here – the construction process is uncomplicated – and the project develops its own momentum and enthusiasm as the boats take shape. The building can be carried out in a confined space with basic tools and equipment. The team does not need specialised boat building expertise. Mentors need to have some basic woodworking skills and could be drawn from existing fishing and marine communities and from the current large pool of unemployed craftsmen.

 Building two boats, side by side, allows more people participate, creates competition between the construction crews and means that the two boats can race against each other.Young people work with a craftsman  to construct 2 wooden rowing boats assisted by local skilled tradesmen from the community. The participation of young people in this craft activity promotes a sense of pride in the construction, ownership, responsibility for and ownership of something they have themselves built.

The project has resulted in increased confidence in the young people and promotion of their capabilities, creativity and skills  

The Youth project will take part in local regatta to display skills learnt and our boats to the wider community. Engagement between young people, communities and service supports has been created and developed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Build a Boat Project

The idea of the boat project is to engage young people and adults in our community in building a series of simple functional traditional Irish  rowing skiffs. Taking part in this unique project has the potential to be fun, challenging, rewarding and life changing. The boat you build as a team is the boat you put to sea on completion – it is the end and therefore that involves commitment from the start.

 Unlike any other youth participation endeavour building a boat and knowing that each piece of the jigsaw determines your safety creates increased attention and increased dependence on your team mates.

Simplicity is the key here – the construction process is uncomplicated – and the project develops its own momentum and enthusiasm as the boats take shape. The building can be carried out in a confined space with basic tools and equipment. The team does not need specialised boat building expertise. Mentors need to have some basic woodworking skills and could be drawn from existing fishing and marine communities and from the current large pool of unemployed craftsmen.

 Building two boats, side by side, allows more people participate, creates competition between the construction crews and means that the two boats can race against each other.Young people work with a craftsman  to construct 2 wooden rowing boats assisted by local skilled tradesmen from the community. The participation of young people in this craft activity promotes a sense of pride in the construction, ownership, responsibility for and ownership of something they have themselves built.

The project has resulted in increased confidence in the young people and promotion of their capabilities, creativity and skills  

The Youth project will take part in local regatta to display skills learnt and our boats to the wider community. Engagement between young people, communities and service supports has been created and developed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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