Based on a dhow design it was constructed in the mid-90's from coconut wood.
I stripped the old paint down and tidied it up as best I could, using stained marine varnish.
Launch time for the Maldivian 'bokkura'.
Coconuts are used throughout the Maldives for fibre, food and 'blessing ceremonies’.
Right about now I was thinking I should have gone for a fibreglass boat instead.
Lateen sails make for an interesting ride.
A bad tack means we have to lift the yard over the mast
Gusty winds are problematic.
No keel as they're designed to move over shallow reefs, and no way to reef the sail.
This requires a decision about sail size before taking her out.
But she's all worth it on the water.
While the original system
worked quite well as a one-off post, it didn’t allow for updating or
posting new photographs etc.
That is why I have
introduced the new Your Pages.
This is new ‘Community’
platform is for 2018.
It is designed to put you
in control of your content, make it easier to for you to tell us about
your Wooden Boat, upload photos etc. and most of all post updates as
and when you wish to.
There is also a forum where
you can ask any questions you may have about Wooden Boats and join in
So, please come on
over and join our community of likeminded Wooden Boaters.