Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Fishermen's Day


I love going to the area where the fisherman and their boats are kept. Watching the activity in the area gives me a different feel for the city. The boats they use are called pangas. Here is a brief description of them: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

The Panga is the Central American/Mexican version of a skiff. The term "Panga" was used historically for any small boat other than dugout canoes. Today it usually refers to an open "semi-dory" type skiff. Pangas form the backbone of the small-scale fishing effort in Mexico, Central America and much of the Caribbean.

Pangas are usually between 19 and 28 feet in length, with capacities ranging from 1 to 5 tons and powered by outboard motors of between 45hp and 200hp. They are planing hulls capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots.

The hulls are made of Fiberglass or FRP, heavily reinforced by numerous bulkheads and usually have bow and stern enclosed flotation compartments.

In the hands of an experienced operator they are considered extremely seaworthy. Most pangas are expected to have a working life of between 5 to 10 years if properly maintained.

10 comments:

Olivier said...

belles photos, la première donne bien une idée de travail en équipe.
nice photographs, the first one gives definitely a working idea in team.

RuneE said...

Nice boats, but how do they handle really rough weather? I wouldn't be caught to far from shore in a storm.

Priyanka Khot said...

Looks very serene... The blue is so calming! I really wish Delhi had a beach :(

Abe Lincoln said...

I would still hate to be on board when it was time to test out those floating compartments.

JM said...

Both shots are wonderful, Kate! I've not been on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, but I would love to...

By the way, did you get my e-mail?

Virginia said...

You see these boats all over the lakes here in Alabama. Fishermen trying to catch bass and crapie. I don't think I"d go far out in the ocean in one though!
V

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

great shots. the water and beach is gorgeous. I love the Pacific Coast and in Mexico the water it is much warmer than in California. I am glad you are enjoying the photos of the kachina and butterfly on my site. In answer to your question, I think Mexico has wonderful places to visit. I particularly love Oaxaca and Monte Alban. However, Arizona also has wonderful places to visit so you might want to take one of your vacations to Arizona since you are so close. If you come to Arizona you will want to go to Sedona, the red rock country, and possibly the Grand Canyon if you have never been to it. You also will want to visit various tourist attractions in the Valley of the Sun as well. There is certainly lots to do!

Nikon said...

Beautiful shots, Kate. We're still in a typical chilly, rainy, spring here, so that is a very inviting sight!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Karen!Lovely post!
I'm envious here because I love to see the ocean ! Pure and good energy!
Great pictures!The first one is amazing! They work hard indeed!
Kind Regards
Léia

Rambling Round said...

I like the candid photo of the fisherman and the pangas. Neat!