Monday, April 23, 2012
Heritage 23 in Michigan
Here is a new twist on the St Ayles Skiff community rowing project.
Alec Jordan, the source for the St Ayles in Scotland, is in Tawas City Michigan helping to build the prototype Heritage 23 Mackinaw boat.
Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing, whose purpose is to encourage sailing and rowing and to preserve historic regional boat designs, is in the process of building a 23 foot Mackinaw boat named the Heritage 23. Construction began on April 16 in East Tawas City.
Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing is a Michigan not-for-profit corporation formed to encourage local boat building activities and build regional community. The organization is patterned after the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association. Heritage Coast hopes to use this concept to promote community rowing activities along the Lake Huron shoreline using its Heritage-23 as a one-design racer. This is a brand new project and with Alec's help they are already laying up planks!
Alec just sent me an update this morning:
"We are making very good progress – the kit is going together very easily, and we should have plank 4 on by the end of the day. Yes – there are 12 planks and the plan is to have her turned on Wednesday next week if I haven’t worked the building team to death by then. We have a minimum team of 6 building and have had as many as 10, with visitors calling by regularly - A lot of local enthusiasm."
Be sure to stay in touch with the Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing Project.
Photos courtesy of Alec Jordan. Congratulations to this hard working crew!