I made this coracle from some plumbing materials I found in a skip. Building the frame was really pretty easy. It is made from ‘Floplast’ PVCU overflow pipe – it’s very easy to work – just heat it with a heat gun or hot water. I based the design on a willow coracle that I had.
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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