Macao Patache

The Patache term covers a large number of light boats known and used by Arabs, Spaniards, Portuguese, Italians or even Dutch, Italians, Germans, under appellations like Bastas, Petas, Patasche, Pataggio ... The Patache of Macao is on the other hand a sort of junk of local construction, proper to this port very well located on the trade routes between the china and the Indian Ocean. Strongly influenced by the junk, it has the main features, flat bottom, battened sails, wide hull at the back, fine front ...

Macao's patach has a bow-shaped prow and a small trimmer attached to the bow, and its triangular rudder serves as a drift. The local Patache also had a "roof" of Coconut thatch to protect cargo and crew during the monsoon and were decked. They disappeared slowly in the 20th century.