Are you over 50 and interested in boat building?


Would you like to help build the Solway whaler a 21 feet adventure boat aimed at the over 50`s who are young at heart?

Contact me

The Solway Whaler project

This project was born in 2019 when I had the idea of a boat that could be used on local waters for exercise & leisure, with older persons.

In my youth, in Essex, I was involved with the Sea Scouts who had some ex Admiralty whalers built of wood. I helped repair these & enjoyed some great times rowing & sailing these boats with other boys from Essex.

The idea of a community boat sponsored by my small business BOATSUTOW has not been forgotten. The pandemic has held up the building of it due to no social contact.

The whole idea was based around the idea of friendship & fellowship afloat & ashore. Older persons sometimes suffer from loneliness. The idea of a 50 plus team of volunteers building a boat & then using it for moderate adventures is still alive though. Jollies down the river or loch with a picnic & a bit of exercise.

As we hopefully come out of this pandemic let us look forward to happier times together. The Solway whaler was designed for me by Naval Architect Paul Fisher of Selway Fisher boat designs in 2019. The boat is to be built of marine plywood with inbuilt buoyancy making it unsinkable.

Volunteers are required to help build the boat after lockdown. Propelled by single canoe paddles or oars with a small outboard that can be used if required. The design requests called for a stable boat that could carry 8 adults.

Remember age is a state of mind sprinkled with the odd physical hick-up.

You can help keep it at bay by enjoying yourself with others in fellowship.

Call Dave Hart on 01556 660007 if interested.


The pictures show a scale model with oars, the buoyancy tanks are in each end & under the 3 seats/thwarts.

It is a light boat that could be lifted by 6 persons & will be transported on a road trailer when built.


  • Sailing dinghies on trailers with centre plates.
  • Trailer sailer small yachts with lifting keels.
  • Small trailable keel day sailing yachts.
  • Small towable recreational powerboats & inflatable boats.
  • Rowing boats & tenders.
  • Open canoes, sea kayaks, touring kayaks & sit on top kayaks.


Dave Hart – Boat Restorer
Tel: 01556 660007
Mob: 07399552192