When in Philippine waters, the bangka is the undisputed King of the Sea. It is the Filipino angler’s charging chariot which safely brings him to his fishing spots.
Its hull is usually made out of marine plywood, painted over with several layers of epoxy paint, and laterally supported on each side by bamboo outriggers called “katig”. Small ones can be paddle driven but those that are commonly used by anglers are propelled by inboard engines. Since it is narrow hulled, it can cut across the water easily but at the expense of limiting the amount of legroom for anglers.