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.