Today I came upon an interesting post and some great pictures courtesy of the blog VazahaGasy and author Ruth Frost. The post outlines the author’s experience watching the building of a traditional Malagasy fishing boat. It is a quick read,clearly an interested,observant,non-boatbuilder’s take on the process. No matter –she gives a sense of construction techniques,materials,and dimensions. Most importantly,then,she takes lots of photos. Bravo!
View a full slide show of the building process or a slide show of the launching (which looks like a fascinating communal exercise). I think the end-result is a fairly handsome boat (great paint job),though it looks like what was once a sailing craft is now destined for an outboard. Practical,but I’d like to see how these were rigged.