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2 colourful but old and stained pirogues (canoes) at low tide, near the exposed roots of a tree - Guinea Bissau

In West Africa pirogues are used as traditional fishing boats. They are not usually intended for overnight travel but are light and small enough to be easily taken onto land. The design also allows the pirogue to move through the very shallow water of marshes and be easily turned over to drain any water that may get into the boat. A pirogue has "hard chines" which means that instead of a smooth curve from the gunwales to the keel, there is often a flat bottom which meets the plane of the side.

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