Ligaya in East Thailand

Local boats in the area.

The Thai nation is fond of its seafood, and everywhere you go, there are fishing boats.

Many are fishing with nets, but lots of them are trawling for prawns, which seem to be a staple food for the Thais.

For some reason the vast majority of the fishing boats are blue, or at least have blue on some part of the boat.

It is curious how the cabins are nearly always built on a slope. I cannot think of a good reason for this.

Often in the late afternoon, groups of the fishing boats come to anchor in one of the bays. They raft up but we have not seen them unload their catch into another boat. They stay for a few hours and then head out to sea again for the rest of the night.

Every night we see rows of lights of the fishing boats a few miles off shore. On our way here from Malaysia, it was sometimes hard to pick a course through the many fishing boats that are working. At least they move very slowly or work at anchor, so they are fairly easy to avoid.

The most interesting boats though are the "Long-tails". These boats are powered by a car engine, which is mounted on the stern of the boat. A long propeller shaft is fitted directly to the bell-housing

The engine is mounted on a bracket, that allows the driver to steer and to lift the propellor in and out of the water.

When they are running fast, they tend to run with the top of the propellor out of the water, just as is done on many of the racing power boats.

For cooling, seawater is pumped directly through the block of the engine, often by the force of the water coming off the propellor. You would not want to do this on an engine with an aluminium head, as it would dissolve pretty quickly.
Most of the boats are brightly painted and nearly all of them have some kind of decoration in the bows.

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