Urr ? What?
Rumour has it that the Haugh is developing a Navy and you may have noticed a few boats passing through the Haugh of Urr over the past 18 months.
Should you be inclined for a life on the ocean waves, then keep a weather eye out for the the Haugh boat, HOU THISTLE, not HMS Thistle, which served in the old Scots navy (1623-30).
HOU THISTLE IS 21 feet long with a 5 feet 6 inches beam and is based on a short Admiralty whaler & a Viking longship. It was designed by a Naval architect for Dave Hart. This winter HOU Thistle is going to be built by Dave & any other volunteer interested? Next Spring 2020, HOU THISTLE will be launched & the adventures begin. Unlike the TITANIC this boat cannot sink it is made of wood & full of buoyancy and lifejackets are provided. She is designed to take 6 persons plus a Skipper for rowing with 10 feet oars or paddling with 4 feet single bladed paddles. She is equipped with an outboard engine back aft.
Activities will take place on inland lochs, tidal rivers, estuaries, coastal in appropriate conditions to suit the crew. The aim is Fellowship Afloat and Ashore. The objectives are physical fitness training & wellbeing, the care of the marine environment and associated marine wildlife.
The project will be operated as a not for profit private members club.
Dave & Margaret & Jack Tar the dog moved into the Haugh of Urr 18 months ago. He is a retired boat builder and retired teacher of water sports.Dave retrained as a PE & outdoor pursuits teacher in Scotland & Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1970`s. Dave is funding the boat build himself.
If you fancy helping to build HOU THISTLE or if if you like the idea of some fun afloat & exercise via rowing or paddling, then contact:
Dave Hart. Thistledoon, Haugh of Urr, DG73YD.
Email: dhart503 @btinternet.com
Tel: 01556 660007 or 07399552192