LUCIA

The “LUCIA” is the boat that more than any other attracts the attention of those arriving on Lake Como.
Its notoriety is linked to the events of the “betrothed”. In fact, the romantic name of “lucia” (the real one is “batèll”) is due to popular imagination.

ORIGINS

The origins of the “batèll” date back to between 1500 and 1600.
Flat-bottomed boat, sturdy and easy to handle, it was designed and built for fishing but also for the transport of people and small goods.
For the construction of the “batèll” the masters almost all used chestnut wood but in the last century more precious woods (mahogany, larch) were preferred more than anything else to satisfy the taste of the patrician families.

STRUCTURE

It is one of the oldest boats on the lake, slightly smaller than the navett: the length usually did not exceed 6 m, while the width was about 2 m. The banks were quite high (no less than 50 cm) and sloping. The hull and the rims were in chestnut wood; in fir the oars and in oak the rowlocks which, as for the navett, were four or six. Similar to the navett both in the sail and in the maneuvering of the oars: the sail had dimensions equal to those of the hull and was rectangular. It was used by no more than two fishermen. The hull had less space for loading nets or fish, but offered in return a greater availability to accommodate passengers.

HISTORICAL EVOLUTION

Born as a work boat, for fishing or transport of small bulky goods, in the nineteenth century it was much appreciated for pleasure boating that was taking its first steps: the space for the load was reduced compared to the work version and long longitudinal benches were added. (along the sides) for passengers. The rudder was also introduced and the finishes were improved: the terminals of the protruding beams and the bow breakwaters were more accurate and the most used colors were white and light blue on a black and red background.
In the nineteenth century the batèj were also used for auxiliary services to steamships, for disembarking or embarking passengers or correspondence in locations without wharfs for mooring.