Gift of handcrafted sailboat buoys Hervey Bay Sea Scouts
THE generous donation of a handcrafted boat has brought joy to the band of Hervey Bay Sea Scouts, only 13 months after the group was in dire straits.
Leader Troy Easton said the community group had been in danger of folding due to lack of support and dwindling numbers until a surge in community support put new wind in their sails.
"Now we are the fastest growing youth community group on the Fraser Coast," Mr Easton said.
Torquay man Rick Walrond presented the Sea Scouts with a Tamar Dinghy sailboat which he built from plans he acquired from the original Tasmanian designer.
"I've forwarded the boat and trailer, as well as a copy of the plans so the sea scouts can build another one day if they wish," Mr Walrond said.
"I'm not much of a sailor - my project was in building the boat."
Mr Walrond said he was glad the scouts intended to name the new boat after his wife, Shirley Anne. "All I ask is they offer me a ride," he said.
Mr Easton said the group was appreciative of the new boat and registered trailer, as well as donations from local businesses to help set up their den and signage and revamp the group's food van.
"We are building a group that is for the whole family with old-fashioned values," Mr Easton said.
He said seeing the scouts develop made their efforts worthwhile.
"The scouts can't wait to have it on the water," he said.