Went to places where the boats are made in a traditional way along with Rubin DCruz and Nowshad Padiyath as part of setting up the Alappuzha Maritime Museum. Most of these vessels are made for the members of the royal family in the gulf countries. Lot of modifications are being made to satisfy their needs including provision of lifts and seven star rooms.
Lot of changes have happened in the way the boats are made and it is very important that the documentation of this ancient craft is made in a proper manner. Many have documented, but I am not sure to what extent these details are available in the public domain.