Longtail boats

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Longtail boats line the shore bringing people back and forth to the island constantly. They were designed to be easily made (no assembly line necessary.) The motors are usually old car motors that are attached to a long pole with a propeller on the end. The boat guy has to be pretty strong to “steer” as he has to put his entire body weight into maneuvering the motor. Colorful Buddhist scarves are tied around the front of the boat to keep it safe. The guys have a total sailor mentality. They often have a cigarette hanging out of their mouth and they have a cool, gritty energy. I like how the guys squat on the bow of the ship and just look out at the ocean. When they see another longtail boat go by, they often make hand signals to the other sailor.

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