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What is Hobikisen?
Mechanism of Hobikisen
How to Change Direction

Hobikisen does not just drifts by the wind for fishing. Fishermen can also change its direction up to 45 degrees for one direction, which means up to 90 degrees for left and right combined. Fishermen usually sailed the boat in a zigzag to drag the net for a long time.

Drawing in monogusanawa
Drawing in monogusanawa

When one of the reins tied to the upper side of the sail at both ends is drawn in, the wind caught by that side becomes weak, turning the boat to the same direction. The reins are called monogusanawa ropes.

Drawing in dashinawa

Draw in one of the dashinawa ropes that stretch from the stem and stern to the net so that the direction of the boat is forced to change with the use of water pressure on the net (weight of the net). The boat will turn quickly but a lot of muscle is required.