Wednesday 9th March

Colin Palmer

Traditional Boatbuilding Around the World

Boats in Vietnam

Around the world, traditional boats are built without plans, using skills and traditions handed down over the generations. This talk will take you around the world, comparing and contrasting the different approaches and explain the evolution of boatbuilding in Europe. Colin has worked in boat design and overseas development, improving the energy efficiency of traditional boats. His work has taken him to many countries, including India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria and Madagascar, where he was able to study the great variety of different boat building techniques. He has presented the results of his studies at Maritime Archaeology conferences; they have also been published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology and in his book  "Boats of South Asia".