Why A Boat Date Is A Great Idea

Why A Boat Date Is A Great Idea

Planning a date for that special someone isn’t always the easiest thing to do. This especially holds true when you want to do something out of the ordinary; something that they have never done before. That is why going on a boat date is an exceptional way to show them how much you care.

Unique Scenery

Going out on a boat date allows you to see sights that you cannot see from other places. Even standing atop the tallest building in the city, you aren’t going to be able to see what you can see on a boat. You will be able to view the water wildlife, breathtaking wilderness, and perhaps even a gorgeous sunset if the timing is right.


When out on a boat, you don’t have to deal with the hustle and bustle that you will come across at a bar or restaurant. You will truly get the one-on-one time that you and your partner are so badly craving. Even if there are other couples on the boat, you can find a quiet place to sit together and just enjoy one another’s company.If you want to really surprise him or her, take a boat cruise that provides a meal. It gives the trip a little something extra and allows you to be out on the water longer. For those private boat rides, put together some drinks and snack in a picnic basket and create your own meal. You can even grab your iPod and load it with some romantic tunes to set the mood.

Reasonably Priced

Unlike some of the over-the-top dates that are out there, a boat date is one that isn’t going to break the bank. If you’re lucky, you may have a friend or family member with a boat. As long as you know how to drive it, you could be getting away for free or what it costs to fill the fuel tank.Even fancy charter boats do not cost a whole lot to take. Those that provide cocktails or food will cost a bit more, but you aren’t going to have to work a month to pay for it. You can take your date out on the water for a few hours of entertainment and still have cash to do something afterwards if you want. Now is the time that you should get in touch with someone you know with a boat, or contact a boat charter company to find out what your options are for that one-of-a-kind boat date. Your significant other will be forever grateful.

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Why Going On A Cruise is A Good Date.

When it comes time to pick the ideal vacation, there are dozens of different options to choose from. Some people prefer a quiet and relaxing beach getaway, while others get excited about an urban adventure in a busy city. Although the ultimate vacation certainly depends on your specific interests, a cruise date is often the best way to see several destinations at once while traveling in absolute luxury. If you are deciding whether a cruise might be the right vacation choice for you or your family, read through these benefits of taking cruises.

Reduced Travel Time

The real benefit of cruises is that instead of spending time waiting around in airports and train stations while traveling from city to city or island to island, you can relax on a comfortable and attractive ship while you travel to the next destination. Spending time by the pool, dining at upscale establishments and spending time with family is certainly preferable to hours spent in lines, passport control and security check points.

Luxurious Accommodations

Choosing a cruise ship for your vacation means that you can expect truly luxurious accommodation for yourself, your friends and your loved ones. Cruise ships pride themselves on having upscale rooms and suites, and care is taken to make each guest truly comfortable and happy. Enjoy little touches like turn down service each evening, chocolates on your pillow and even towels that act as decoration when you enter your room each day after maid service. Expect upscale beds and soft sheets that rival the world’s best five-star hotels.

Extensive Dining Options

There is no denying that one of the biggest advantages to choosing a cruise vacation is that there are a plethora of dining options at your fingertips each and every day. Although you are limited by what is available on the ship most days, you won’t want anything more than the vast array of cuisine styles and locations on-board any cruise. Expect formal dinners on a certain evening, casual poolside dining if that is desired, international buffets and cuisine that ranges from traditional Italian to Japanese fusion. Most meals are typically included in the vacation cruise packages, meaning that price isn’t a concern when enjoying your food.

Safety for Families

Those who are traveling with children will appreciate how safe it is to have you family join you on a cruise. Children can join in with youth activities that are led by qualified staff, or play in the pool areas while lifeguards keep a sharp eye on them. Teenagers can roam the decks with friends and return at designated times for meals or family activities.

Attractions and Entertainment

There is no shortage of fun ways to pass the time on-board cruises. Expect nightly performances, fitness classes, concerts, book clubs, swimming pools, sports facilities, casinos, lounges, spas and much more to keep any interested while on-board.

Cruises are one of the best ways to see a new destination like the Mediterranean or the Caribbean while traveling in comfort and luxury each day.

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History of the St Ayles Skiff

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed on May 29, 2010, to encourage Coastal Rowing & Racing around the Scottish Coastline and Lochs. The boat chosen for the project is the St Ayles Skiff, based on an historic boat, the Fair Isle Skiff, that originally existed only as a model in the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

The design of the St Ayles Skiff was commissioned from Iain Oughtred by the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther, Fife.  Jordan Boats has made a kit for the design.  The basic principle of this project is that the boats to be raced should be available at as low a price as possible.  The estimated cost of completion of one of these skiffs is around $5,000.

The concept has been a remarkable success remarkably quickly, with more than 40 boats either in use or in build throughout Scotland.  It has now attracted worldwide attention.  The building of six St Ayles Skiffs is confirmed in Maine, USA, with others in New York, Connecticut, and Oregon, and firm intentions expressed for at least another ten to be started in the USA in the Fall.  Two are in build in the Netherlands, and there has been strong interest in Australia.   Our kit supplier, Jordan Boats, is more than happy to deal with inquiries from overseas, as well as from any Scottish communities that wish to join those already involved.

The St Ayles Skiff is 22ft, with a beam of 5’8″.  The standard Crew is four rowers, each with a single oar, and a coxswain.  Other crew combinations are possible.  The name of the design comes from the former chapel which now forms the entrance to the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

In the USA, Hewes & Co. supplies the kits under license from Jordan Boats, and Gardner Pickering, head of the Hewes & Co. Marine Division has been a tremendous resource for all of the groups building the Skiff in this country.

The building of the St Ayles Skiff made its way to the USA through the efforts of WoodenBoat Publications, which is introducing the concept to high schools in Maine. WoodenBoat has dubbed their project the Boatbuilding and Rowing Challenge (BARC), and had 5 high school shop classes building the Skiff this last academic year.


The St Ayles Skiff, photo courtesy, Peter Nisbet

The Wind & Oar Boat School has now brought the St Ayles Skiff to the west coast with the first build of the skiff by an all women crew. Jann Lane recruited a 10 member group to build the skiff; a group that crosses generations and without any woodworking experience. The intent is to build a fleet here in Portland, OR, and to compete with local boats and boats around the country. Who knows, a trip to Scotland might even be in the cards.  Follow the posts for descriptions of the progress.

Dory-man visits the build again

Michael Bogoger and his wife, Mary, returned to Portland for a second look at the first all women’s build of the St Ayles Skiff, the first on the West Coast.

At this time, the crew was getting the two garboard planks on and preparing the broadstrake for the next session.

As always, it was great to get some advice from such an experienced boat builder and the moral support is welcome too. See his post at Dory-man.

He took lots of pictures , which are posted on Flickr, and Mary shot some video, posted on Vimeo, that she edited to the soundtrack of Laura Tilghman’s interview on OPB.

Oregon Public Broadcasting interviews Laura Tilghman

OPB’s Dave Miller aired a segment on the building space (ADX) where the first all women’s St Ayles Skiff is being constructed. Kelly Roy, co-director of ADX, was in the studio with Dave and our own Laura Tilghman was in the shop representing a current project at ADX.

The Wind & Oar Boat School and this particular build of a St Ayles Skiff are both newcomers and unique to Portland, and are a great showcase for what ADX is all about, which is also a new and unique space in Portland. The synergy and collaboration between the groups represents the goal of building communities embraced by both the Wind & Oar Boat School and ADX.

Click Laura’s OPB Interview for an edited version of the interview with Laura.

Click here to go to OPB’s podcast of the entire segment.

Doryman visits Portland

On Saturday, May 28, Michael Bogoger and his wife, Mary, made the trip from Toledo, OR, for the express purpose of visiting the Women’s Build of the St Ayles Skiff that had just begun. In January, Peter Crim, Executive Director of the Wind & Oar Boat School, visited Michael with some friends, as a birthday treat to himself , and came away impressed with Michael’s enthusiasm for all things related to building small wooden boats. It was clear they shared a passion for the importance of involving groups in a process that binds, and builds communities.

Michael, national president of the Traditional Small Craft Association and blogger Dory-man, has many boat builds under his belt. He is also well connected with the key movers in the Scottish Coastal Rowing project, out of which the St Ayles Skiff emerged. It is through his friendship with Chris Perkins that many of the pictures of the skiff taken in Scotland are in use on this web site. He also arranged for the CNC cutting of the kit to be done on the U.S. west coast so that shipping cost could be minimized for those of us building so far from Blue Hill, ME. The primary U.S. licensee from the Scottish kit maker, Jordan Boats, is Hewes & Co., located in Maine, and the head of their Marine Division is Gardner Pickering, another terrific supporter of this project.

It was only logical that Michael would be interested in the women’s build, and since the project was just under way, it was a good time to bring in someone who could give context to the boat, boat building, and on this particular visit, using epoxy.With his history of using marine glues, Michael talked about how the technology has evolved and what best practices he has discovered through his vast experience. He and his audience got on well and it was clear from later conversations that they had absorbed a great deal of what he imparted.

The group looks forward to regular visits from Michael and the opportunity for him to share his wealth of knowledge about building wooden boats. As the boat takes shape, its always fun to show it off a little, too.

Thank you, Michael!