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eye image on front of ship hulls?

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There is a tayana 37 in my harbour that has am image of an eyeball on both sides of the hull at the bow. I have seen this image on boats before, some complicated in design, others not. I have a vague recollection that it is an image used on Chinese ships to ward off evil spirits/sea monsters but can not come up with the right key words in a google search to learn more.

Can anyone enlighten me?

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I think it started with Jason and the Argonauts.



Do you think I'd get more "action" (i.e. - laid more often...which means every 20, oh, ahm 18 minutes or so) if I called myself an Argonaut? (woah, make that 15 minutes...ladies please...12 minutes...)


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Greek, I believe,to guide from danger Search greek ship eyes.
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Jason and the Argonauts???

Great, now I have two topics to google before the night is overů

To answer your question, probably not but chicks dig artists so maybe if you painted Chinese eyeballs on your hull you would. Even better get a Chinese eyeball tattoo, chicks dig artists and tattoo's, so I am told

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Let's just say I'm being overrun by "HerSailnet" precisely because of the Eyeballs on my "Hull".


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About the Chinese I don't know, but we had eyes in our traditional boats till the mid of the XX century.

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Here the tradition is more than 2000 years old and has origin in the Phoenician boats that had eyes. Phoenicians and Carthaginians had colonies in Portugal. On the med, the tradition come from the East, but it may be a tradition developed independently on other earth regions. after all, who wants to sail a blind boat

My first boat, a traditional 80 years Canoa still had eyes when I bought it and after I had restored it, it seemed not right to blind her, so she maintained those beautiful eyes, just in case...

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But does your boat have "Bettie Davis Eyes"?


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Maybe it didn't mean anything to the boat owners other than looking cool!
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