The Golden Odyssey ready for transport to the beach Sarteneja Village, in the Shipstern Peninsula of Belize, is famous for its fishing and boat building. This topic was created by Kyria Tepaz while she was a student at Corozal Community College. She obtained the information by interviewing her uncle, Mr. Juan Guerrero, who builds boats in Sarteneja. Shipstern is also the eastern part of Corozal District.
Materials needed include:
|Lumber||Boat clay||Circular saw|
|Caulking, paint, etc.|
The largest boat Mr. Guerrero has made, so farFirst a shed is build like a carport, so there is shade to keep the lumber from cracking as it is being built. A good boat requires about 1600 pieces of lumber.
This the lumber is cut into pieces about half an inch thick and a foot wide, and shaped into a curve. The keel is made first, and then the stern. To form the frame of the boat, two inch lumber is used. Then the planking is done and and cracks are filled with boat clay and adhesives. Then the deck is done and the place where the ice box will be put to preserve the fish that are caught.
Then caulking is used to cover some seams and nail holes. After three days of drying, it is sanded and then painted. A mast is made about as long as the deck, about 30 feet (10 meters) long. Then the jib is done and the sail.
This topic was created by Kyria Tepaz, who was a student at Corozal Community College and niece of the boat builder, Mr. Guerrero.
Printed from www.corozal.com (Boat Building in Corozal)