Kakap (boat)

Kakap is a narrow river or coastal boat used for fishing in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.[1][2] They are also sometimes used as auxiliary vessels to larger warships for piracy and coastal raids.[3] Kakap resemble pangajava but are smaller and lighter. It also uses a mast and rectangular tanja sail. The boards and planks on the hull are not nailed, but are attached using a wooden peg technique and reinforced with rattan bonds. Larger kakap is able to reach eight meters in length and able to carry 10 crews. The name "kakap" comes from Malay word meaning "spy", "scout", "lookout". Thus, the name means "type of boat used for scouting".[4]

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  1. Hussin, Nordin (2007). Trade and Society in the Straits of Melaka: Dutch Melaka and English Penang, 1780-1830. NUS Press. p. 64. ISBN 9789971693541.
  2. Vogel, Jaap (2016). "J.C. Van Leur, 1908-1942: A Short Life History". In Blussé, Leonard; Gaastra, Femme S. (eds.). On the Eighteenth Century as a Category of Asian History: Van Leur in Retrospect. Routledge. ISBN 9781351913720.
  3. Warren, J.F. The Sulu Zone, 1768-1898. Singapore: The Singapore University Press.
  4. Smyth, H. Warington (May 16, 1902). "Boats and Boat Building In the Malay Peninsula". The Journal of the Society of Arts. 50 via JSTOR.
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