Monday, August 3, 2009
I hope you aren't tired of Venetian boat photos. Here in Doryland we can't get enough!
I've longed for years to visit Portugal and see first hand the beautiful fishing vessels made by hand in that lively culture and now I add to this fantasy a trip to Venice to experience the ancient waterways, run my hand along the shear of a Sandolo or Mascareta, and sail a Sanpierotta!
I offer some photos sent by my friend Giacomo who is as excited to share his interest in traditional craft from his home as I am to present them here. For now, the story is in the pictures, and hopefully, soon we'll have more details. Giacomo spent a day recently taking these photos with his cell phone. Thank you very much, my friend!
I invite anyone familiar with these boats to please share comments and information.
(click on photos to enlarge)
Two boys rowing a puparìn in Malamocca.
The Mascareta, in addition to the Sàndolo, was once a common means of family transportation. This boat is lightweight, easy to maneuver, and above all, inexpensive. It weighs as little as 120 kilos and is approximately 6.5 meters in length. It is one of the simplest of the traditional boats, and thus popular among modern amateur boat builders.
The Bragozzetto is demonstratively a hard working, stout boat with an inboard motor and heavy scantlings.
Whether for work or pleasure all these boats have exquisite detail and are obviously a point of pride for their owners.
The Topo Veneziano. Note how far aft the mast step is. This boat has no keel or centerboard and depends solely on a shallow skeg and it's leeward chine for lateral resistance. (All of these boats are flat bottomed and shallow draft for the slim waters of the lagoon.)
And lastly, this very fine one hundred year old caorlina.
Does it get any better than this?