Re: cheap construction methods or Low Cost Boatbuilding
I have pictures of some Haitian boats on the beach like you showed there. You got a good one. Others are terrible examples of workmanship. They are certainly beyond dangerous and I would never take one to sea but they do all the time. Crazy. I saw one (bigger mind you) that had red and green light bulbs in household sockets for P+S running lights. Roll on roofing shingles on the cabin top. I spent time in Haiti after the earthquake a couple of years ago and though I admire their ingenuity I can't say I was impressed by their boats. Sloppy fitting parts, and terrible workmanship a lot of the time. Given all that, they are in abject poverty and there really is nothing to build with aside from what they find lying around. I watched them get out deck beams and carlins with a hatchet. Sitting down they pared down one side of the log until there was a flat ish surface and then they cut it to length with an old handsaw and nailed it in with whatever bent recycled nails they had on hand. It's amazing any of them ever return from fishing.
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