9 striking photos of a boat in Pakistan being built without blueprints

February 27, 2014

Carpenters complete boats such as this at Karachi Fish Harbour in Pakistan in about 15 months. The results are really impressive given the absence of blueprints or the latest technologies.


A cargo boat being built by carpenters is seen at a yard in Karachi’s Fish Harbour. The yard is used mainly for building and repairing cargo and fishing boats ranging from 60 to 120 feet. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

A carpenter cuts out a wood panel while working on a boat. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

A carpenter checks the level of a wood panel while working on a boat. The boats are made for locals as well as foreign buyers. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

A worker uses tools to cut out a wood panel. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

The boats range in size from 60 to 120 feet, and require 15 to 20 workers to complete in 15 months. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

Carpenters work on a boat at a yard. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

A man reacts while working on the panel of a boat at a yard. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

A worker is silhouetted as a carpenter works on a boat. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

Carpenters work on a boat. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)
Matt McFarland is the editor of Innovations. He's always looking for the next big thing. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.
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