Last of the few?
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|The title arises from the fact that very few traditional dhows are being built in the Middle East now. This is one of the traditional type built of teak, it looks as though it has probably sailed its last sail now. Dhows are still being built but they are now made from fibre glass (GRP). The hull is the perfect shape for the Arabian Gulf sea conditions. The waves rarely go above 2 metres, occasionally they my get to about 2.5. However, the pitch (distance between crests) is very short and can lead to a very bumpy ride. The flare of the bow on the dhows is perfect for keepng the decks dry as it deflects the water and spray away from the decks. Taken at the old dhow building area in Muharraq, one of the largest of Bahrain's many islands. C&C welcomed as always. Regards, Les|
Edit 9/12/07: I thought I should add that this hull shape was originally developed in the days when dhows were sail powered. For this it was perfect. However, 99% of today's dhows are powered by large diesel engines which don't really push the boat any faster, they just make much larger waves. All displacement hulls have a maximum hull speed which cannot be exceeded, any power over and above that required to enable it to reach this maximum hull speed is wasted energy.
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It's a very nice shot of the image with good perspective and lovely colors
You hve worked hard to place all the emphasis on the the dhow! It is sharp, detailed, commands the light and colour! Well done!
That,s a kind of archive photo. Things tend to be forgotten easily but a photo like this one reminds us that before fiberglass and plastic, there was wood, a non polluting material. Very interesiting shape of the hull. Moreover, your photo shows a contrast between tradition and modernism with all those cranes in the background.
Thanks for sharing
I love the composition! very nice shot. good dof snd pov.
Nice composition and colours and great sharpness on the main subject. I like the contrast between the dhow and the cranes in the background. I remember when these were all over the place, as you say there are hardly any left now.