Speaking of boats with great,but arguably impractical,ends,I raise the Balinese Jukung,a double-outrigger sailing canoe (lateen rigged) with a unique bow (thanks to Wikipedia for the image). Bob over at Indigenous Boats did a nice post on Jukungs last year,but they have been on my radar for a while. This is,once again,a great example of the ceremonial value of design elements. I mean,who wants that piece sticking out front at the waterline where it might snag on something,but man oh man does it make for a neat-looking boat.
I am itching to sail one of these. Unique appearance aside,these things look fast and fun! We need to get to Bali and try to hop in one.