Kilmelford Community Skiff

It was in late summer 2012 that four of us living in Kilmelford went to Seil Island to find out about a Skiff they were building. We saw the kit being cut out of sheets of ply and the construction of a building frame. We were convinced that this would work in Kilmelford. Melfort Loch was the ideal place to row but where would we build it.

The best place to build the skiff we believed was in the large boat shed at Kilmelford Yacht haven, the question was would David McColl agree to let us work there. The only proviso was that we would have to take out insurance to protect the boat yard premises and the group of volunteers who would work on the boat.

The next step was to secure funding form the village as this was to be a community project. A letter was circulated asking people to purchase a 64th share at £60 which is the traditional way to fund a boat. We had enough money within six weeks to purchase the kit through the generosity of the villagers.

Work soon began on the kit with the first meeting on a Wednesday early March. Over the next few months we worked each Wednesday evening till completion. Volunteer numbers varied from 16 to 2 as people were able to give their time. The Skiff was completed by the end of July and the official launch took place on Sunday 18th August 2013.

The boat was named by the village Minister “Gill of Melfort“ in memory of Gill Wilkes. Gill worked as a secretary at KYH for 10yrs, She sadly passed away in December 2012 after a long battle with cancer. A wonderful employee and friend.