Boats of Bangladesh

The story of Preserving of heritage.

This is the last remaining boat of Bengal. Traditionally it is called Malar. It’s design date back 3000 years old! Due to rapid urbanization this kind of heritage is disappearing. To preserve this heritage, every four eyes it is required need to massive repairment and overhauling. This Malar boat is 93 feet (28m) under bamboo scaffolding- to turn a Bengali wooden boat, the bamboo scaffolding is the only method available. The rope is passed under the boat through the hole, and onto the pulleys. To preserve this kind of largest traditional wooden boat, it is required more than 100 skilled people. There are limitless steps and process to preserve this kind of massive wooden hull. This is why this kind of boat is extinct now a days in Bangladesh. I have been working on this project since last 8 years. In 1997 Friendship converted one of the largest wooden hulls of the country, built according to the thousand-year-old techniques of the Brahmaputra carpenters, into an international standard cruising boat. This Malar boat, measuring 93 feet in length and 23 feet in width. She is equipped with 6 double cabins, 4 bathrooms, 2 showers, and a large well-equipped kitchen. The original rigging has been rebuilt with a 20m high mast and two magnificent handwoven red-ochre trapezoidal sails that measure a total surface of 2700 square feet making the ( Malar) the largest sailing boat of Bengal. Besides preservation, this boat is also used for tourism purpose to sustain in Bangladesh. This largest traditional wooden boat( Malar) continues to offer a unique and unforgettable experience to tourists from all over the globe.