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Common to these quite different types, from today's private boats driven by engine to a large warship staffed by an army hundreds of years ago, is that they are klink built and pointed the door.

An example of a modern snail or chafe is Skager 660.
Snekke comes from Old Norse Snekkja, which was a regular ship of war from around the year 1000 to the High Middle Ages. The word was borrowed into Russian, where Schnjaka on the Kola coast at the beginning of the 1900 was an open fishing boat type that reminded of the northern boat. The typological connection between the old Nordic Snekkja and the boats in the late tradition is unknown, as the etymology also is.

Modern snail

The term snout in modern times is an open or half-weapon clinker-built boat, 15 – 30 feet (5 – 8 meters) long. The tables are overlapping and the boat has external rudder. There are both praise-Carpenter and motor Carpenter, the last one gladly taller and heavier than the first. The classic wooden Motorsnow in southern Norway is 21 or 23 feet long and has half-covered superstructures and canopy. Snekke is called on the southern country for the boss, and is smaller than a skate. On the Telemark coast, the boat type is called Kogg.


The name was derived from Dutch Jacht, and was common in southern Norway, where coastal culture and sailors were heavily influenced by the Netherlands from the 1500 century. In southern Norway, the boat engine factory Marna in Mandal became a success company through the enormous popularity of the chaps as a leisure boat along the coast after World War II.