Building traditional Japanese boats

Photo gallery

Tourist tub boats. This fleet was built by the author’s teacher, who developed a glass bottomed version for the tourist industry.

In one village fishermen use outboard motors on their tub boats. Generally these boats are sculled facing forward with a small paddle.

Mitsumori - A river boat builder the author met in the mountains of Hiroshima Prefecture.

Nasu The last builder of ukaibune, or cormorant fishing boats, in Gifu Prefecture.

Tada A boatbuilder in Chiba Prefecture the author met in 2003.

Introduction :: The tub boat :: Tokyo

Douglas Brooks ( is a boatbuilder, writer and researcher specializing in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He lives with his wife Catherine in Vergennes, Vermont.

© Copyright 2005 by Douglas Brooks

Loading article data ...

All articles by {author}:


by {author} {month}, {year}

{languages/language/en/desc}

Loading plan data ...

All {category} plans:


by {designer} {month}, {year}


the Boatbuilding Ring - Click to Join
[ Prev ] [ Random ] [ List ] [ Next ]

Boat Design Net