Sea History 035 - Spring 1985

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''Just beyond his sight, hidden in the dark, cold waters, lives a vast pantheon of gods, witches, sirens and giant serpents and sea horses ...."

The Brazilian jangada is bare basics-a raft, a sail and a steering oarand on it the jangadieros fish out of sight of land.

The lancha chilotafrom southern Chile is homemade and roughly fin ished, built without plans , or even a sketch. Often sailcloth and nails are the only items purchased for construction. Metal fittings , and sometimes even the rope, are handmade.

The soaring ya rds ofthe Egyptian aiyassa carry a near ton ofsail. It can take anhourforfour menat the winch to raise a main yard, sail and boom.