The largest boats here are gaff rigged schooners, still built on beaches all along the coast. These are planked timber boats fastened with galvanised pins. The lines are traditional locally made hemp, and the blocks are all hand made by shipwrights who carve the cheeks from solid wooden blocks.
Each afternoon they would ghost past us in the anchorage, working to windward on the first flutters of the strengthening sea breeze. The big lateen rigged boats are incredibly quick and will sail seemingly into the eye of the wind, though the lack of any real keel means they sag away to leeward quite a bit.
The sailing canoes here are incredibly fast, and use live (human) ballast to keep the outrigger on the surface when power reaching - the crew walk out onto a timber frame that is cantilevered to port, and so counterbalance the outrigger on starboard.
These amazing things are of course simply ordinary to these communities, who live and prosper by the sea and the wind.
However to us it is a constant source of delight, as dozens of these vessels come home each evening, scooting across the stern of our anchored vessel, smiling, waving and sharing their joy with us - the real joy of sailing.