Our goal is to restore the Tamar sailing barge “Lynher” to a commercial licensed standard in order to offer day sailing activities and voyages along the Plymouth waterways. Ultimately, the barge will become a successful business trading along the rivers and Plymouth Sound thus providing a unique heritage asset, restored to a better condition.
Any profit from the commercial operation will be re-invested into the provision of educational activities for the riverside communities. In line with the philosophy of the extraordinary Charlie Force (see article below), the present owners of the barge see themselves as merely guardians of this symbol of river heritage. Sadly, Charlie passed away before progressing to the second phase of his plan; the participation of a sail training charity who were to use the barge as an educational vehicle.
Dominic and Barbara aim to fulfil Charlie’s wish through the formation of the Lynher River Barge Community Interest Company.
Dominic and Barbara both hold a considerable experience as sail training operators on historic ships. In the past 25 years they have worked for various sail training charities and successfully managed a number of projects such as Moosk 1906, Cremyll Keelboats and Huff of Arklow.
They have now started their own community interest company, the Lynher River Barge, to continue sharing their passion to develop a new, educational model on traditional vessels for the communities of the Plymouth waterways