Varca ri conzu

Javier Baron

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This vessel of Sicilia called varca ri conzu (conzu means longline in Sicilian dialect) fished with this fishing gear near the coasts of Catania and Ragusa, even though occasionally also used pots and bottom trawling nets to fish.

These boats, of an elegant and stylish line, used to go profusely polychromatic with geometrical and figures as motives. Another typical characteristics are the acute prolongation of the bow stem that elevates much more than a mere functionality criteria would demand, and the presence of the spur that does not obey any specific function, and that it makes this vessel also known as “varca cu spiruni” for obvious reasons. Another singular characteristic of these boats is the spritsail which they are rigged with.

This model is made from the plan and illustration of this vessel that appear in the book “Vele italiane della costa occidentale” of Sergio Bellabarba and Eduardo Guerreri.

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Javier Baron

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I’m travelimg in Sicily, and Ihave found in the port of Aci Castello, near Catania, the boat that I show in the photos, and it has been a great satisfaction for me to verify that the model I made three years ago is quite similar to reality!94E841FB-DF86-47D9-9748-433130277440.jpegD22B10C5-D0B7-4E6B-8789-476015ECC990.jpeg
 

Norway

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Very good Javier, a lot of good documentation of the original boat in your pretty model.
Such boats that you show in the pictures are not built many of anymore
Too bad but soon there are only plastic boats that take over.
I personally have a locally built wooden boat on 27ft.
Greeting-
 
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