REAPER is a 70’, 116-year-old herring drifter owned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Fife. She is maintained and sailed by the Museum’s Boats Club members - a group of enthusiastic volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who enjoy all aspects of being involved with such an iconic vessel.
She is currently awaiting a refit at Rosyth Dockyard and is expected to resume activities by late 2018. These activities normally include eight to ten trips a year. Some are local day or weekend harbour festival events. Other trips may extend further afield, for example along the East Coast of Scotland and North East England, to the Moray Firth and Whitby. These longer trips might last up to a week depending on skipper and crew availability. Typically, when berthed alongside at a harbour festival we might expect 100 -2000 visitors in a day. Whilst REAPER has MCA Pleasure Craft Accreditation, it is only on two specific local occasions that we have sanctioned to sail with the public onboard.
The Boats Club is now looking for one or more Skippers. We hope that we will attract more than one Skipper so that skippering duties can be shared. We would like to hear from those who cannot necessarily commit to the whole summer programme but might enjoy a few trips away. Ashore, the skipper will have the support of the retired REAPER skippers and crew and will be protected as much a possible from the bureaucracy of running the boat. However, the Skipper will be expected to be ‘hands on’ and play an active role in the training, maintenance, operational safety and promotion of the REAPER. For applicants that live outside Fife, a reimbursement of occasional travelling expenses may be considered. The Skipper’s primary role and responsibility is to manage and operate the boat in a safe and efficient manner. REAPER’s, and her crews’, primary role is to provide effective outreach on behalf of the Museum, informing and enthusing the public about the heritage of The Scottish Fishing Industry of over 100 years ago. To this end, support will be provided by the Museum.
It is important that we cater for a wide range of seagoing experience and physical ability of Boats Club members. Whilst we have a core crew of experienced sea-goers, we encourage everyone to increase their seagoing skills – from whatever starting point.
Whilst REAPER is essentially a sailing vessel, we appreciate that relevant sailing skills may be rare. We thus consider sailing experience as something to be discussed. Old hands are available to teach applicants the basic sailing ropes.
For further information and informal chat please get in contact with Bernie McConnell (Boats Club Vice Chair), firstname.lastname@example.org, 07764 161891.