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Sustainable wooden boat of Sarteneja, founder Edward Mark R.; Eco-friendly innovations and traditional boat development; bio-epoxy (Super Sap from Entropy Resins, distributed in Belize), hardwood replant action (Mahogany), hemp caulking, etc.
Boat construction: Juan Guerrero of Sarteneja.
Traditional boat of Sarteneja:
The keel, stern and bow are made of "granadillo" or cocobolo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalbergia_retusa
Ribs are made of Bullet tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_tree
Planking is made of Santa Maria: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calophyllum_antillanum
Deck and cabin made of Mahogany.
Every year when fishing season close, fishermen from Sarteneja come back to repair their boats and race the regatta.
Éric Maillet: ericmaillet.com
Alain Badstuber: papayer-edition-photo.com
Project: positive cycle, from the seed to the boat. Self-sufficient Community, reforestation. Eco-materials and bio-epoxy. Local economy, alternatives to land speculation or tourism submission. Cultural promotion of our community.
Edward.M.R boat designer/builder
Cristobal Verde traditional boat builder of Sarteneja
Pictures from this folder by Jan Gajdos photographer (pro) from Slovakia.
Some from Edward,
Victor S Baron and others contributors.
Natty Dreads: 16 feet, Sustainable traditional wooden boat, number 1.
Support By Backpackers PARADISE; http://www.bluegreenbelize.org
and Sustainable Wooden Boat Building
Boat builder: Juan Guerrero shipwright of Sarteneja, Belize & Edward Rouvier. J. Guerrero built 25th boats before, he works in boat buildind since he is 14.
Boat Design: Ed and Juan.Guerrero (from traditional boat of Sarteneja and J. Guerrero's line style.
37 feet sustainable wooden boat, bio-epoxy, flax-linen, hemp caulking.
Regional trades and transport in Belize, Cuba and Caribbean
Sustainable traditional wooden boat of Sarteneja, Belize. ED's 16 feet prototype, bio-epoxy, hemp caulking on deck, recycled lead balast on keel.
Gaff rig and removable bowsprit.
Pictures from Cristobal on his trip with the fishermen from Sarteneja.
Horse back-riding with Nathalie.
Harmless snakes live on the farm because we don't chap them... A good opportunity to see and understand them. But caution, don't catch a snake like Nathalie does, you must be 100% sure it's a non-dangerous snake !
Pictures from Nathalie Nguyen, Herpetologist. She spent 6 months at the Shipstern Nature Reserve. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get a high resolution for a little contribution.
In June 2008, Edward reach Sarteneja just in time to start his apprenticeship with the master.
Boat N° 25, 2008-2009
32 feet long deck, 10 feet beam.
Pictures from ED (except mentioned)
Pedro y Juan Guerrero - BELIZE
A partnership of 25 years in wooden boat construction and traditional pleasure boat design.
Boats of Belize are mostly working boats and play an important role in the country's economy. They are part of the history and the cultural patrimony. Some of them are legends.
Pictures from ED
Sarteneja is the most important fishing community in Belize with a strong and unique tradition in boat building. Peter Young in the 50's was the first boat builder in Sarteneja with now an active community of master craftsmen.
To meet this community is a privilege and it should be a model and a base for a more respectful world in the future. Tourism or developments for retired North-american did not yet destroy this village but we need to be really careful and create alternatives to give our community happiness and a positive future.
Pictures credit: ED (except mentioned)
Pictures from Jan Gajdos, photographer, Slovakia
Tree planting with backpackers on the camping ground:
Plants coming from Shipstern Nature Reserve.
Natty Ride, dinghy for the cargo boat. Plywood, flax cloth (linen) and Super Sap bio-epoxy. 11 feet.
ED's design and construction. In process...
Discover the nature around Sarteneja, the mangrove and our environment. Keep our mangrove safe ! Protect our environment from development plans and retirement houses.
Help us find alternatives for Sartenejos and Sartenejas.
For more informations about Kayak Adventures in Sarteneja, visit Backpackers PARADISE's web site (Home link on top) or contact the SACD-STGA office, bay front, Sarteneja.
Pictures: Jan Gajdos (the four last from ED).
Backpackers PARADISE, Sarteneja - Belize