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Friday 26th April, 2013
Restored by Am Bata students

We have restored a 14’rowing boat which once belonged to the famous Gaelic poet and former headteacher of this school, Sorley Maclean.  It had several new planks fitted and will now be used on Loch Maree. 

Friday 7th December, 2012
1926 Derwentwater motorlaunch for sale

This year’s team of boatbuilding students have been busy working on a lovely old 1920’s launch, which has a rebuilt Stuart Turner motor.  Several planks have been replaced, with new side benches, new bulkheads and decking being fitted too.  Contact us for more details; she is nearly ready to be re-launched and can be set-up to suit the buyer’s requirements.  Photos will be uploaded soon or contact us for them to be emailed directly to you.  Phone Jamie Kean on 01599 530800 for more information.

Friday 7th September, 2012
Began for the Summer Term on 11th April 2013

The popular Boat Repair Nightclasses are continuing during the summer term; we are running them on Thursdays at 7PM in the boatbuilding room at Plockton High School, with Mark Stockl as the instructor.  We must have at least 4 adults for the classes to run, and we can only fit a maximum of 6 in the workshop efficiently, so please phone us to check if there is still space.  The classes in repair and boatbuilding techniques will cost £10 per session which includes equipment and some materials.  Please contact James Kean on 01599 530800 or

Thursday 10th November, 2011
One-piece plank fitted

Seonag, one of the regulars in the Local Boat races at the PSBSC, has come in for some repairs including a new plank.  Her owner, Kenneth MacKay, requested that the plank be in one piece, like the original so that Seonag would still not have any scarf joints.  This year’s new team of 6 have made a great job of this task.  The team have also nearly completed work on a boat that used to belong to Sorley Maclean, the famous Gaelic poet and former rector of this school.


John holds the dolly as a nail is roved in place
 The length of the plank is over 15’
Fitting the keel strap to the Sorley MacLean boat.

Thursday 10th November, 2011
The Guillemot design is named Lach a'Bhlair

The Iain Oughtred designed Guillemot has been completed and was successfully launched in Plockton in June.  She was named "Lach a’Bhlair", which is Gaelic for Coot.  She has been fitted with a balanced lug rigging and uses a lee board instead of a centre board.  She was taken to the Tall Ships race event in Ullapool in July and displayed right by the main entrance so all visitors could see her.  After this she was taken south by her new owner Sarah Walcroft to Sussex.

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