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Catching up on readings past – Tim Severin’s “The Sinbad Voyage”

I have had some time to sift through the back catalog here at Chine bLog headquarters and noted that I never covered a few key books I read in the last couple years. In particular, after knocking off Tim Severin‘s The China Voyage and then his The Brendan Voyage, I moved on to his some [...]

Video: modern dhow racing in Dubai

I had not been aware that in the Persian Gulf region they sail modern racing dhows. Imagine a sandbagger crossed with a traditional lateen rig crossed with modern construction and rigging. These look fun fun fun! Fusion of Tradition-y too.

Thanks to WoodenBoat‘s My Wooden Boat of the Week blog for the link and [...]

Latest reading: “Sons of Sinbad” by Alan Villiers

I just finished reading Sons of Sindbad by Alan Villiers. I guess Villiers is a noted mariner and author; I confess I hadn’t heard of him. He went to Aden in 1939, having shipped out on sailing ships for many years. He arranged to join a traditional boom (dhow) on its annual run from Arabia [...]

Catching up with the traditional boat blogosphere – recent stuff from some peers

I have so engaged in designing and building that I haven’t been on the computer as much in the PMs. I have clearly been missing out on what some of our traditional boat peeps have been putting up. In case you missed it directly, here is some stuff to check out:

Indigenous Boats Bob over [...]

A small source for dhows and related boats of Oman

Bob over at Indigenous Boats has a couple interesting posts on the dhows of the Arabian Sea and thereabouts. I don’t know a lot about boats of this region, but my interest in them rises from time to time. One could track it with the Dhow Jones Index… (thank you, thank you, I’ll be [...]