KEEL HAULING

The one part of a bangka you can't buy is the keel. The picture below was taken in mid-afternoon. There were just a couple of plants on the island.

The guy in the picture is Papa Merlin. He was the chief architect and wood cutter in Ngolos. He sawed down the tree and carved (with only hand tools remember) the keel of the boat. His plan was to use the other half of the tree for the keel of a bangka that he was going to build for himself. Unfortunately the tree had a bad spot running down the middle of it, and he could only get one good keel out of it.

We were on the Sapao Beach side of the island, and Ngolos was on the other side of the jungle, so the keel had to be carried out of the jungle and then rolled to the other side of the island. This was one of the roads near Sapao Beach that was built during the war. It may have even been a taxiway since it ran parallel to the big ruway that was off to the left.



DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
HOW TO BUILD A SMALL BOAT
I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
KEEL HAULING
FIRST THE RIBS
THEN THE SIDES
THE LAYAG. OOPS.
TARIK AND KATIG
ALL THAT WORK

2018-02-08