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Nice Malagasy outrigger canoe

I confess to an act of embezzlement against my employer, Forum One Communications. In passing through the kitchen a saw a stack of holiday cards and one caught my eye, for obvious reasons, so I pilfered it for my office wall:

The card came from a client of ours, the MacArthur Foundation (of “genius [...]

Another finding in East Africa – pirogues of Madagascar and Mozambique

After our trip to Mozambique in the last post, we at Chine bLog set sail into the Indian Ocean’s rising sun and made Madagascar. Sounds epic, eh? Amazing what you can do on Flickr… anyway, we were moved to explore a little bit because we discovered outrigger canoes, or pirogues, in both places. Many seems [...]

The traditional Malagasy fishing boat, part deux – the rig

Thanks to Ruth from the blog VazahaGasy for picking up my last post on her partner’s building of a traditional Malagasy fishing boat. She updated her pictures to include a few of the boat under sail.

As I suspected would be the case, the boat carries a loose-footed lateen rig. Really, I [...]

An excellent intro to Malagasy boatbuilding

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 [...]