This Easter weekend on Eyemouth Harbour-side you will be able to view and admire the work of a dedicated team of craftsmen, volunteers and young apprentices who have skilfully restored an traditional ‘Fifie’ sailing vessel called Good Hope, registered originally in Newhaven and over 90 years old.
In a workshop behind the harbour in Eyemouth, former harbour master Johnny Johnston has been leading the team working on the vessel.
According to Johnny, ‘there’s not a straight line on her’ but he proudly maintains that along with the Chinese junk it’s the most efficient sailing vessel ever built.
The mast has been fashioned from the trunk of the Christmas tree donated by Norway that stood on the Mound in Edinburgh three years ago. Unusually, the mast can be lowered and raised while the boat is still at sea.
Johnny’s next project is to build another Fifie, twice the length, but this time from scratch!
Casting the Net Venue e4, Eyemouth Harbour (Easter weekend):
Sat 30th to Sun 31st March, 10am – 4pm