Country of origin: Maldives
Dhoni or Doni, is a multi-purpose sailboat with a motor or sails that are used in the Maldives. It is handcrafted and it’s used within the multi-island nation. The traditional Dhoni is one of the oldest known sea vessels in the Maldives. Many of these traditional sailing vessels were, of necessity built using coconut palm timber (the original one). The sailing Dhoni was used mostly by Maldivian fishermen. During the industrial revolution, many fishermen changed to a mechanized Dhoni.