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Table 2 Traditional raft components used in the South of Bahia (Brazil) with their functions, characteristics of wood allocated by the raftsmen to the species used in the production of these components

From: Fishermen do more than fish: local ecological knowledge of raftsmen about the arboreal species used to construct rafts (Bahia, Brazil)

Components of the raft Function Wood characteristics
Ballast Support all other components of the rafts and the crew on the surface of the water Trunk: light, floating and rectilinear
Canga Position the mast so that it remains vertically Soft and should not break in splinters
Carrinha Support for the mast Tough in relation to weight
Morão Position the canga and the van in parallel, enabling the sustaining of the mast Resistant in relation to durability and rectilinear
Lathe Used at the junction of the ballast logs Resistant
Aracambu Used to store nylon strings, baskets, baggage Resistant in relation to durability and rectilinear
Stool Seat in the pulp to the master and bow to the partner Resistant in relation to durability
Stretch Used to open and stretch the sail Lightweight and rectilinear
Mast Used to tie the sail cloth Rectilinear, tough and flexible
Rod Accessory used to go into and out of the sea Light, floating and rectilinear
Hand paddle Accessory used in the absence of the engine for the displacement of the boat Any one that is not too heavy
Driving paddle Accessory manipulated by the master of the raft. Used to steer or give direction for the displacement of the boat Heavy