FIVE UK 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.