About this book
Philosophy of boats
– The gods make boats from sticks with paper sails.
– The water has no paths and leaves no trail.
– The basic boat can teach a person how it feels to be free.
Buoyancy and displacement
– A boat may carry the weight of the water it displaces.
– A boat was freedom from place.
– The seas are a mirror of nature.
– A working fishing boat is not romantic.
– Imagining a place to land.
Knots for boats
– Boatmen have special knots for sails, anchors, and lines.
– Words that only boatwrights and sailors use.
“My, she was yar”
– Boats stil have a feminine aspect.
– Sails act as foils, not as parachutes.
– Sailboats are distinguished by the design of their rigs.
– Why couldn’t a sail be devised for a boat to fly?
– It takes care and know-how to operate a sail.
– Except for being cramped, we’re comfortable enough.
– A wooden boat is less a utilitarian concern.
– Colored kayaks are fanned out from the dock.
– My mother was given a skiff when she was young.
Sailboat in the garage
– It’s hanging from the rafters.
Pogo’s flat-bottom boat
– Pogo Possum fishes for catfish in a flat-bottom boat.
What is a boat?
– A boat is many things.
Tunnel of love
– It’s not like a real boat.
Types of boats
– The earliest boat was a log, dug out.
– A cedar canoe carries the spirit of the people.
– Reed boats are ancient and global.
– A boat inspired by the body.
– More a basket than a boat.
– Three persons can sit in the tub while a woman stands to handle the oar.
– Cover a canoe and nothing can ever sink you.
– The Aleut kayak is flexible and efficient.
– Ribs with skins stretched tight are light.
– More beautiful and more quiet than a loon.
– Bend the boards to fit the curve.
– Viking longboats were clinkers; the boats of Columbus were carvels.
– Adding an outrigger to a canoe made it faster and more stable.
– Each war canoe holds a Māori war party.
– Boats with lateen sails carried trade far and wide.
– The dhoni is the traditional fishing boat of the Maldives.
– The Dragon Lady commanded a boat with bamboo battens.
– One can live and fish on the Kirtankhola River.
– The boat at Sutton Hoo was a coffin for a king.
– Cogs were built of stout oak.
– You propel a punt with a pole.
Ming Dynasty punt
– The emperor sits, inspecting the dikes.
– Gliding along the canals of romantic Venice.
– Wherries were long boats and could carry up to five passengers.
– Steamboat technology was resilient.
– The river keeps rolling along.
– Foils on struts lift its hull above the waves.
– The airboat skims easily over the sawgrass.
– Is it a boat if it floats on air over sand or sea?
– It swims silently underwater.
– The Sthapathya Veda tells the people of Kerala how to build this war canoe.
– mind the women and children.
– Winslow Homer’s catboat caught a fair wind.
– This tugboat is mighty and cute.
– Their job is to put out fires.
– This clinker-built lug-sailed open fishing boat.
– Fishermen in the Shetland Islands bought kit boats from Norway.
– The sharpie is suitable for shallow tidal waters.
– Some crossings are more difficult than others.
– Horses pulled passenger boats along the Erie Canal.
– People live in narrowboats along the canal in London’s Little Venice.
– Transportation across the harbor in cute colorful boats.
– The outboard motor is everything.
– You could be off to sunshine in the Caribbean.
– Ambrose Weeres invented the pontoon boat in 1951.
– Not every yacht decorates a wealthy ego.
– “Cigar boat” seemed more appropriate.
– Bass fishing is not merely recreational.
– People pushing pedals propel pedalos.
– Eight men move together on Lake Union.
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