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The fascinating aspect of this boat is that a boat of almost identical constructional form is still found in India. It will be seen to be based upon a dugout which has been split down the middle and heightened on the sides. Even the method of fastening the planks is similar to that being used in India today.
This boat is curious in more ways than meet the eye. It is primarily a fishing boat from Lake Ohrid, and when fishing does not carry the seat box that is only used to take the women-folk shopping. When fishing though it is propelled by three oarsmen on one side of the boat, sitting tiered one above the other in the bows, and a single oarsman on the other side. This seems to indicate an uneven resistance by the net which demands compensation by the oarsmen, or perhaps they only want to go in circles!
But the strangeness does not end there for the method of fastening the planks to the boat, with slantwise nails joining each plank to its neighbour, is found again in India and China. The curious bulges down the sides are also found in southern India and Sri Lanka. They illustrate the other way of extending a dug-out hull. It can either be heightened by adding a plank along the gunnel to give more free-board or it can be split down the middle and planked in between to make it wider and more stable.
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