A study of traditional boats of Goa
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Goa, being situated along the Arabian Sea of India, is known for maritime activities and traditional boat building throughout the history. Traditional folk songs of Goa frequently mention ‘Vodem’ which denotes canoe. The recent discovery of stone panels with boat (canoe) motives bears testimony to the fact that the people were aware of boat building since ancient times. The present paper discusses on traditional boats of Goa. The Goa coast provides good evidence of various types of traditional boats such as dugouts, extended dugouts with and without outrigger and plank built boats. Most of these boats are distributed along the coast except small dugouts and plank built boats which are noticed along the rivers. The construction of traditional boats passes through various stages like seasoning of timber, cutting, bending, joining of planks, fastening, sewing, outside treatment, etc. ‘Kharvi’, the fishing community of Goa have been involved in fishing, boat building and maintenance. The study shows that Goa has preserved the traditional knowledge which has been continued for centuries and which enables to understand the boat building technology of the past.
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