• Gondola
  • Batea a coa de gambero
  • Vipera
  • Batea concordiese
  • Gondola
  • Mascareta
  • Sandolo buranelo
  • Gondola
  • Renaissance Gondola
  • Topa

The caorlina in one of the most handsome of the lagoon boats.

In this elegantly simple craft the most notable features of many similar boats that are now extinct have been preserved: the long narrow hull (from 9.50 to 10 metres) with almost parallel sides at deck level for a good part of the length; the chine (galon) tapering gently, but decidedly, fore and aft; the ribs curved at the chine plank (nonbolo); the flat bottom without rocker for prectically the whole length of the hold; very marked sheer of the bows and stern, each with a well-rounded projecting stem.

For a boat of its shape and size the caorlina is fast, easy to handle, and can carry a fair load, especially of not too bulky goods, such as fruit and vegetables.

It is particularly handy for fishing on the lagoon with a seragia, that is, a barrier of nets strung onto vertical poles driven into the mud, and is still used for this purpose.

Generally there are two oarsman, but there could be uo to six or even eight.

For sailing on the lagoon the caolina can be equipped with a rudder and a lug sail, in the same way as the topo, or else a smaller lug sail can be hoisted on a mast fixed through a thwart near the fore-deck.

Since the end of the war the caorlina has been in a category of its own in races.

It is the boat the islands of the lagoon send to the Regata Storica and Vogalonga.

Each one is painted in its own distinctive colour and decorated to represent the Islands' typical commercial activities.


oak, elm and walnut, finishing with shellac

length 95 cm

scale: 1:10

design by Umberto Miori (1951)