The new BBC series "Britain Afloat" is now available to view. The episode "The Coracle" will be broadcast on BBC Two/BBC Two HD on Saturday, 7th October at 8pm (exc Scotland - see local listings for details) or is available now via the BBC iPlayer
Coracles and skin boats are not thought to have been used in China or Japan. There is evidence of the use of tub boats however, until the late twentieth century. These boats are of similar style and construction to a barrel - wooden planks bound with iron hoops. They were typically 7-8 feet long, 4 and a half feet wide and 2 feet deep, propelled using two short paddles over the sides of the vessel.
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