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A Maldivian Dhoni is a traditional boat used by fishermen and tourists in Maldives as a means of transport or livelihood. It is also a strong symbol of nationalism in a country which is mostly dominated by vast bodies of water.
Some Maldivian Dhonis may vary in design and construction, although most are typically built in the same way. There are many similar properties shared even by different boats varying in size and appearance.
Building a Maldivian Dhoni
Constructing a Maldivian Dhoni takes a lot of hard work and patience, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Many fishermen in Maldives use these boats as their main source of livelihood.
In the past, boats in Maldives were built using coconut wood. Nowadays this material has been replaced with imported hardwoods, which serves as the main ingredient in making the dhoni’s hull. Copper rivets hold together the planks of a Maldivian Dhoni, replacing the use of coir during the older days.
A sail is essential to any Maldivian Dhoni as it will prove to be useful during emergency situations. It can also be used to save precious and expensive gasoline resources. The lateen triangular sail has replaced the traditional square sail made of coconut fronds.
Did you know that the basic hull design of a Maldives liveaboard cruise is entirely based on that of the smaller dhoni? These first class vessels are usually a hundred feet long or even bigger. To know more about luxury liveaboards in Maldives, click here.