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

This boat, also called simply puparìn, is the most elegant of the sandolo family.

The lightness, size and shape of the hull all testify to the perfection achieved by the boat-builders and shipwrights of Venice.

There is nothing superfluous and nothing missing, and every detail combines to form a harmonious whole.

With the exception of the gondola, it is the swiftest and most agile of the two-oared lagoon craft.

The hull is generally from 9 to 10 metres long, with a breadth of 1.20 metres and with a length-beam ratio of roughly 8.2, higher even than in the gondola.

The most noticeable feature of the puparin is the asymmetry of the hull, in which it is like the gondola.

Dividing the midship section into two parts by a line from the stem to the centre of the taffeail yoy get 0.7 metres on the port side and 0.5 to starboard.

The bottom profile is rather straight, with a sharp bend upward at the level of the after oar-fork.

The strongly raked stem and transom give an appearance of lightness.

The stern is noticeably higher than the bows where the sheer is straight and the sides are markedly flared towards the rubbing-strakes. These end with a characteristic hollow where they join the stem.

Bows and stern have the usual partial deck.

The sloping boards of the roof-shaped fore-deck and the curved boards of the after-deck are called fiuboni; along the centre-line there is a wooden moulding called the sentolina on the fore-deck and cugno aft.

On the port side aft a wooden platform. The soralai, is fitted onto the deck.

Forward of the after thwart another such platform, the soranerva, goes from the centre-line of the boat onto the nerva in an ample hollow curve.

This enables the oarsman to row standing on deck, as in the gondola, with his left foot forward. The right foot is placed on a foot-rest called pontapie.

The ribs are not straight but curved towards the chine and are fastened onto the floors, on one side as in the sandalo or on opposite sides as in the gondola.

Below the covering-board there is a thin stringer called corbolo.

Like the gondola and the sandolo da barcariol, the puparìn is fitted with a seat, called the sentar, and a back-rest supported by the thwart, for the passengers' comfort.

Nowadays, however, this boat being light and speedy, is used mainly for racing and is therefore also called sandolo da regata.


oak, mahogany and maple wood, finishing with shellac

length 97 cm

scale: 1:10

survey by Umberto Miori (1960)