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Belize Maritime Heritage

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Maritime Life and Traditions

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Sailing Craft of Belize, by Tom Zydler

Sheltered by a long barrier reef and an archipelago of small islands, and benefitting from favourable tradewinds, Belize has long recognized the value of her wooden working sailing boats built by skilful local shipwrights. Unlike many neighbouring countries, Belize has numerous lobster sloops — protected by strict fisheries regulations — and shoal-draughted sand lighters still earning a living.


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Pictures of RADIO, tacking in the North wind, the 18th of November 2014 in front of Belize city, from ZAYANN, by ED.M.R.