Greenhook Fishing has been working to create training opportunities that will lead to part-time or fulltime employment in Cooperative ventures for primarily, but not exclusively, ex-Armed Forces personnel who having been dismissed or left the Armed Forces and subsequently found themselves marginalised through addiction, homelessness, or criminality, or who have been unable to make the transition from Service to Civilian life.
We also cater for ex-offenders who have been unable to secure employment or who find traditional models of employment difficult.
It is our aim to restore a sense of purpose, self-esteem and self-worth in our participants, helping them to help themselves. We aim to do this through employment within our Cooperative ventures to engage more positively in their local community and society more generally.
Our workshop is based in the Stonehouse area of Plymouth and we presently employ 1 full time paid member of staff, staff volunteers, including the CEO,
We have 3 vessels , the Geoffrey Rowe, the Twilight, and the Alice May. Individuals have learnt a range of skills, including GRP laminating and basic boatbuilding techniques, use of woodworking machinery and hand tools, and the appropriate use of adhesives and coatings.
The naming ceremony for Geoffrey Rowe was held on July 1st 2021. She was launched on 1st September 2021. At the same time the support vessel “Twilight” now complete, was launched.
We thank Babcock Marine for their help & support during the launch process.
We are now in a position to train personnel in sailing & fishing skills so that we may progress to the next stage of the Charity’s’ aims.
Simultaneously, we will be progressing with the fit out of the next “Plymouth Hooker” – “Alice May”
Alongside the physical projects, we aim to offer as 'holistic' a service as possible to our participants, helping them to bring about real and lasting change in their lives. Our participants are dealing with a range of complex needs including homelessness, addiction, and mental health issues.
Greenhook is working with Partners to address these issues and we take an active role in helping individuals manage these aspects of their lives.
The long term objective is to build a modern take on the Plymouth Hooker, a 10 meter long-liner that operated in the South West Approaches at the end of the 19th century.
In the short term we are using a similar vessel for which a mould already exists, and which is based on an oyster-dredger and long-liner from the same period. These hulls are being laid up by Evolution Boats of Cornwall, and will subsequently be fitted out in Plymouth by members of the co-operative, under supervision and with training from the Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis. These vessels will be SeaFish certified.
Running concurrently with the fitting out of these vessels we will be constructing a plug of the Plymouth Hooker, from which we will subsequently produce a mould and further hulls to enhance the fleet. The target is to build four of the Oyster 27’ vessels and a further two Hookers.
Once the fishing fleet is established, there will be additional diversification allowing development of boat restoration skills, and the construction of a working boat yacht based on the Hooker hull.