さばに : sabani | define meaning
Region: Ryukyu (Okinawa)
- A fishing boat; a row boat; a sail boat.
- A traditional small, elongated wooden boat with or without a sail used in Okinawa that would carry a group of people out fishing. It was originally made from pine wood, but was later replaced with cedar. Modernization of the boat has displaced the nail-less wood hull with a deeper metal one, and the paddles and sail, with a motor.
Example of a Sabani boat race with sails in Zamami, Okinawa:
Example of a modern Sabani boat used in Yaeyama: