Cúter do Maranhão, Canoa Costeria

Cúter do Maranhão or Canoa Costeira is the popular coastal boat in the state of Maranhão in North Brazil and only 27 of them are known to be active. The Cúter has a simple very original shape with straight ends. It is one of the more efficient traditional boats.

This beautiful boat is built with planking and ribs but far in the past, the keel was built from a single tree added with planks to form the hull. The keel is very strong and gives the boat great balance and seamanship. The hull has the maximum breadth near midship. It has a low freeboard and cockpit house and a strong structure to support the bowsprit. The mast is tilted backward. The rig has a strong inclination of the gaff, which visually turns the square sail into a triangle. The painting is based on several contrasting colors.

Text in Portuguese from Projeto Iconográfico sobre o Cúter ou Canoa Costeira Maranhense na área Portuária do Bairro da Camboa by José de Ribamar Matos Júnior¹, Germano de Sousa Quadros Neto zero e Airton Pereira Dias²