Vietnamese Vessel Design

The construction of the working boats on the Mekong reflects the scrappy ingenuity of the Vietnamese that build and operate them — Retro-fitted Toyota truck prop engines, re-used rubber tire fenders, bamboo pole and re-used industrial plastic/fabric canopies. No vessel is complete without painted eyes on the bow to ward off evil spirits. When we expressed interest into the purpose of the graphic marking, our captain explained and then asked “What do you paint on your boats to insure good luck?” Um … Silly boating logotypes and government licenses ?

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  1. James says:

    Holy jumping Christ(mas), these photos are f(lipping) gorgeous … [Editor's note : Dear sir, We appreciate your enthusiasm and support, and welcome your commentary. Due to our corporate policy, we have edited your comments slightly to suit readers of all ages. With utmost respect, The Editors.]

  2. Chris B says:

    Dan, I just discovered his blog after watching your NeighborLand Ted talk. Both are very inspirational, keep up the good work.

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