FIVE UK COR­A­CLES

Countryfile Magazine - - Coracles -

Round over the boats wooden world. made You’ll frames from find ap­pear skin­cov­ered such all ves­sels in In­dia, Iraq, Ti­bet and Viet­nam, us­ing sim­i­lar ma­te­ri­als (cow or yak hide for ex­am­ple, or wo­ven bam­boo and tar). The de­sign has evolved to best suit lo­cal needs – it may be larger to fit more peo­ple or goods, or have higher sides for more clear­ance above the wa­ter level. In the UK and Ire­land alone, there are 18 iden­ti­fi­able cor­a­cle types. Here are five: 1) The ca­noe-shaped Ir­ish cur­rach has a clear pointed bow and was used at sea. Al­though some­times rigged with sails as well as pad­dles or oars, its pre­his­toric ori­gins and skin-and-frame de­sign make it part of the great cor­a­cle tra­di­tion. 2) The Sev­ern cor­a­cle is al­most cir­cu­lar, with min­i­mal height above the wa­ter and more curve through the base. Never used for trawl fish­ing, it’s more un­sta­ble, but also faster and more ma­noeu­vrable than its flat-fronted cousins. 3) Teifi cor­a­cles have a high, wide bow with squared-off cor­ners. The rim of the cor­a­cle is cov­ered by the wa­ter­proofed outer fab­ric, per­fect for haul­ing fish­ing nets and land­ing large salmon over the front, with­out snag­ging 4) The Towy lines or cap­siz­ing. cor­a­cle is de­signed for fish­ing on slower-flow­ing wa­ters, with a longer, more oval body. 5) The Taff cor­a­cle is Easter egg-shaped.

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