Lancha and Geleira

The Lancha and the Geleria are is a motorboat used in the Amazon River region to transport mainly cargo for riverside people or ice for fishermen working in rivers. The Lancha has open sides to keep good ventilation for passengers, while the Geleira (“gelo” means ice) has closed wooden walls to protect the ice cargo from the sun.

It resembles the Chalana from the Pantanal and the Batelão from the Amazon, although it is used for cargo only.

Made ​​of timber boards from Itaúba and Piquiá trees, nailed to a structure formed by the ribs and arms fixed on a beam that extends from the bow stern, including serving as a keel projecting to the helm and also serving as the seat of the motor shaft center. At the bow, there is a floor forming the deck and next to the “pilot house” near the rudder. The helm is connected to ropes on each side of the vessel which extends into the steering gear located in the stern, with a reel to move the rudder.