The Queensferry community rowing boat project received a welcome boost this week after it was awarded £3770 of lottery funding.
Mike McDowall, chairman of the project committee, said: “This is great news, we applied for the additional funding so that we can not only complete the build, but also obtain a trailer and other equipment that we will need for the boat.”
As the construction of the 22 foot St Ayles skiff boat nears completion, the colours for it have now been chosen, based on suggestions received from the community. The most popular proposal was for “Forth Bridge” red. In common with the colour schemes on many of the other community boats on the Forth, the top plank, or sheer strake, as it is properly called, will be ‘‘Forth Bridge” red with the remainder of the hull, a cream colour.
Mike added: “This shows off the beautiful lines of the boat, I’m pleased that we have made that decision, so all we need now is a name. Several suggestions have been short-listed, but we would still like more proposals.”
The competition to name the boat is still open. People can either pop in to their Viewforth Bank base on Saturdays, or put their suggestion online at www.queensferry rowing.org The proposer of the chosen name will be a special guest at the launch, which is scheduled in April.