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FLATNERS

 

 

A flatner is technically described as a
double ended flat bottomed boat with no
keel and a longitudinally planked bottom.
  This style of boat is found in use all around the world, but in Britain seems to be confined to Somerset and parts of Gloucester.  

 

There are several different types of Somerset flatner.
This one shown is a Bay or Gore boat, once widely
used in the inshore waters of Somerset for a variety of fishing tasks.
    To the left is a flatner in use in the 1960's and on the right shows the same boat as found by the museum      

 The same flatner restored
 

  

Fully kitted out River Parrett salmon boat seen in Bridgwater
 

 

A 1986 river boat