It has been far too long (we do I always find myself starting this way? SIGH) since we here at Chine bLog highlighted the great posts others have offered the world regarding wooden / traditional boats. Yes, believe it or not, Chine bLog is NOT the only source. Really. It’s true. If you haven’t discovered it already, you should be sure to read the stuff below:
Bob Holtzman over at Indigenous Boats has been putting out a ton of great stuff of late, such that I can’t come close to mentioning it all. Some highlights I’d recommend:
- The Yamana Bark Canoe and Random Boats of Chile and Peru were a couple of posts detailing the bark canoes of South America, which I had not known to exist.
- There was an interesting series on the boats of the Caribbean, including Trinidad, Grenada, St. Lucia, and the broader set of Windward Islands.
- Paddled Boats of Chon Khneas, Cambodia is the first of a few posts on the boats of that country.
- I liked this post comparing surf boats of Portugal and India. Sweet boats.
- Finally, there were a couple of great pieces on the rigs of traditional Pacific boats. One is on the rigs and the other on their distribution, which is really fascinating.
Gavin at intheboatshed has kept his blog going strong. Check out:
- Gavin posted his brother Matt’s photos of Thailand and the Philippines.
- A raid in paradise: Tawe Nunnagh tells of a raid event in Tasmania
- Photos from Looe Lugger Regatta points to some pictures of some great traditional British working craft.
Tom Armstrong’s 70.8% – still love the name – offered these nuggets:
- Some photos of a nice lugger
- A sweet-looking traditional Scandinavian boat
- An interesting sardine fishing craft called a “Trainera” that might be Portuguese
Outrigger Sailing Canoes
Outrigger Sailing Canoes, Gary Dierking’s blog, always has great stuff on traditional Pacific sailing craft and/or descendants thereof. I liked:
- A Mexican fellow built a Hawaiian-style double-hulled canoe using Gary’s Wa’apa design
- An outrigger canoe regatta in Fiji
- A cambered junk rig on a sailing outrigger (and a follow-up on the tests)
Rowing for Pleasure
Chris Partridge over at Rowing for Pleasure offered these:
- One of a couple posts around on the Scottish Coastal Rowing project
- A look to our side of The Pond for an interesting camp-cruiser geared for our own Chesapeake Bay. It’s not even oar-powered.
- Yacht designer Antonio Dias launched a handful of different blogs, some on boats, and some more philosophical. I liked his profiles of his Harrier, Tommy Cod, and Delfina designs. He also did a nice homage to canoe yawls.
- We are sorry to hear Ben from The Invisible Workshop seems to be battling cancer and wish him a speedy recovery.
- Bruce Dillahunty’s boat is coming along well. He tells the story at Craft A Craft.
- Almost a Modern Gaffer features a nice design within WoodenBoat‘s My Wooden Boat of the Week blog.
- Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum showed of a sweet Rushton pulling boat that came out of its Apprentice for a Day program.