With Twigs and an Animal Hide You Too Can Build a Boat

Forget the megayacht of yesterday.  I am sure I can afford a megayacht timeshare…unless you can rent by the minute and I start saving now.  Despite my lack of cash, I do have access to some willow rods.  If I could just find the a large animal hide, I’d be set.  I guess it’s time to get scudding.  With these supplies and some tar, I could presumably make an Irish coracle, a flat-bottomed-walnut-shell-shaped boat constructed of  interwoven rods, bound by twine, and covered in an animal skin, used on rivers, tidal flats, and other waterways.

The video above demonstrates how masters build the coracle, so nothing should stand in your way.  You can order a hide here or better yet McMaster-Carr has canvas.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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5 comments on “With Twigs and an Animal Hide You Too Can Build a Boat
  1. With a couple fine coracles and crews of grant thirsty marine scientists armed with pipettes and CTD’s I’m sure we could strike fear into the hearts of the mega-yacht owners and convince them to “grant” us use of their ships for the 340 dys of the year they don’t use them.

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