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Outrigger Perahu Beached At Dusk
Year: 2011, Month: December
Philippines > Western Visayas > Boracay
The perahu, also known as a prau, proa, or prahu, is a traditional sailing ship in the Philippines and much of the western Pacific region. The design evolved from the dugout canoe, one of the oldest types of watercraft and simple to construct with a minimum of tools. Whilst stable in their own right, adding a sail to such a narrow hull can be a dangerous proposition, despite the obvious advantages that a sail gives. Adding one or two outriggers, which can be as simple as a hollow log, or in this case some lengths of thick bamboo stem, provides the needed stability.
As can be seen from the photo, these boats are a popular means of transport in the Philippines. They can be used for inter-island transport, safe and stable in the choppy waters, or as in this case a pleasant means of cruising off the tourist island of Boracay. Just before dusk, the beach fills with many of these craft, all hoping to pick up some passengers for the sunset sightseeing trip - a very important source of income for the boatmen. With a few clouds in the sky to provide the needed focus for the dying sun's rays, it is indeed a beautful experience.
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