21:31 Feb 10, 2018
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Ships, Sailing, Maritime
Spanish term or phrase: pango
I'm translating the valuation of a fishing boat.

One of the items included in the sale is a:

"Es un pango de acero A-36 soldado a paño de las siguientes características:

Eslora: 10.40 mts. Manga: 6.24 mts. Puntal: 3.00 mts.
Motor Principal: Caterpillar 3508 de 780 H.P. en muy buenas condiciones
Transmision: Twin Disc MG514C


It's obviously some kind of a boat, but what kind?

Your help will be greatly appreciated!


- bob h.
Bob Haskell
Local time: 17:52

Summary of answers provided
4 +1panga
Helena Chavarria



11 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1


The Panga is a type of modest-sized, open, outboard-powered, fishing boat common throughout much of the developing world, including Central America, the Caribbean, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia. The original panga design was developed by Yamaha as part of a World Bank project circa 1970.[1][2][3] Pangas are commonly operated directly off of beaches.[4] The name comes from the panga fish which is commonly netted, note the upswept bow of the boat which resembles the machete or knife called a panga. In addition to being used by fishermen, pangas are also popular with Somali pirates.

Note added at 14 mins (2018-02-10 21:45:30 GMT)

It was easy to fall in love with this nimble yet tough little workhorse, especially since a colorful fleet of pangas adorns the working waterfront in La Paz, Baja California Sur’s nearly 500-year-old capital city. Strolling the malecon one evening, we watched fishermen rinse off their catch and wade ashore to load it into trucks. We also saw brightly painted signs advertising a whale-shark trip aboard this boat or a dive excursion aboard that one. Pangas are busy here, and there’s no question that the vessel is deeply woven into the culture. But did it originate here?

Back home, I did a little digging. My search yielded a surprisingly small collection of articles that made brief references to a World Bank-funded Yamaha project four decades ago. I also discovered a labyrinthine series of online forum discussions among hard-core panga fans, all debating the boat’s true origins. This was curious. Was the panga the result of a worldwide Japanese engineering effort, or was it a product of its own environment? In either case, how did it come to change the world?

To find out, I had to return to La Paz.

The panga is ubiquitous along the coasts of many countries in Central and South America, as well as Asia and Africa, earning a place in history as the most important low-cost workboat of the last 50 years. And now the panga design is making inroads into the recreational side, with many builders offering versions of the original.

There is debate over where the inspiration for the modern panga originated, but consensus is they derived from the narrow, high-bowed wooden surf boats used by net fishermen in Asia. The fishermen needed shallow-draft boats to hunt schools of baitfish and cast nets from a raised bow. Mass production of the motorized pangas we know today came courtesy of Yamaha, who was looking for a market for its new 40-hp outboard engine in the 1960s.

“Back then the boats were even called Yamahas,” said Todd Allmand, owner of Miami’s Allmand Boats, which has been building pangas since 1978. Yamaha modified the traditional fishing hull for outboard duty. Their design became the blueprint for the modern panga: a low-cost, fuel-efficient boat that runs both shallow and deep and planes with low horsepower.

Helena Chavarria
Local time: 00:52
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 65

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