Traditional Kastorian boat (plava)

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The traditional Kastorian boat forms a peculiar wooden structure with a flat bottom and elevated bow as well as stern (to ease sailing between and above lake-flora).

Constructed from carpenters, farmers or even fishermen, the boats are distinguished for their simple construction design and then, the dominance of lines with the absolute lack of any rounded parts – a very demanding technique. These boats are usually 5,5 to 6 meters long, 90 centimeters wide and with 60 to 80 centimeters concaveness, preferably called just "boats".

In the past, the traditional Kastorian boat was not only used for fishing, but also as a mean of transporting goods and to help people go from one side of the lake to the other, or even visit any of the surrounding lake-villages.