Driving north along the scenic, coastal road of Route 66, Michael and I passed a boat maker.
We stopped and had a look!
Michael once built a a cedar strip canoe – 16ft Peterborough – and was very curious about the craftsmanship of these handmade boats!
How did this stuffing work? What was it made from?
The boat builder came out and greeted us. His father, grandfather and five of his cousins are boat builders. It takes himself and four other guys six weeks to build a boat.
The cost of the boat is about 30,000 INR which equals about $580 CAD.
The stuffing Michael was curious about is made of woven coconut fibers. The boat maker’s English wasn’t good enough to explain how the woven coconut fibers worked in (Michael guesses) sealing the boat.
Here, the boat builder is showing Michael how he wedges the woven coconut fiber between the wood.
Close-up of the boat:
Wood in the front yard!
The boat maker was kind and enthusiastic in talking boat building with Michael!
I found a YouTube Video of this boat builder showing how he makes a boat!
He’s the first boat builder in the video!