In the Albufera Lake and its ports life cannot be understood without boats – whether with “percha” (rowing oar not fastened to the hull used in a sculling manner, also acting as the rudder) or rope. Boats are used for fishing, hunting, for transport and agriculture, etc.
There are many different artisan jobs around boatbuilding like “el fuster de ribera (ribera carpenter) or mestre d’aixa (shipwright)”, “calafat”, “veler” and “cordeller”. These craftsmen make use of a variety of tools such as “garlopes”, “l’aixa”, “barrenes”, “gats”, “rosset”, “serres”, “esquadres”, “punta corrent”, “paletes” and “martell de calafat”.
The gradual abandonment of this means of transport resulting from the appearance of land means of transport together with the gradual deterioration of the environment in which the boat had been developed as a means of transport, helped the fact that not only artisan jobs like “calafat" but also the use of boats became of exclusive use for those who inherited this means of transport and its lifestyle or those who showed a particular interest on preserving this means of transport and living.