These beautiful wooden curves are perfectly shaped to flow with ease through the water. A design almost as old as time, brought to these Scottish shores by Viking ancestors. Each plank is split from the body of a tree and shaped by hand, to form the curvaceous keel.
These traditional Plockton boats have been a feature of the foreshore for generations, and many of the boats are over 100 years old. Hand built by a shipwright in Portree on the Isle of Skye, the klinkerbuilt design has been replicated in the newer replacement boats. I have fond memories of sitting curled snugly in the bow as a child, with the wind whipping over my head filling the sails, and the waves lapping the keel beneath my legs. The curves of the boat held me firmly even as the boat tacked and turned in the shifting wind.
Curves are somehow more soothing that hard straight lines, and they flow with little resistance through nature. If we can soften our own edges, we can move more gently through life and all its challenges, flowing rather than resisting.
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