This derives from the wide usage in coastal communities of the name "punt" for any small clinker-built open-stem general purpose boat.A traditional river punt differs from many other types of wooden boat in that it has no keel, stem, or sternpost.A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water. The punter generally propels the punt by pushing against the river bed with a pole.A punt should not be confused with a gondola, a shallow draft vessel that is structurally different, and which is propelled by an oar rather than a pole.Instead, it is built rather like a ladder with the main structure being two side panels connected by a series of 4 in (10 cm) cross planks, known as "treads", spaced about 1 foot (30 cm) apart.The first punts are traditionally associated with the River Thames in England and were built as small cargo boats or platforms for fishermen.The Lake Superior webcam is located at Rock Island Lodge and Naturally Superior Adventures’ Paddling Centre, just one kilometre downstream from Buck’s Marina, Wawa’s only Lake Superior marina.
Also expect to see canoeists and sea kayakers embarking upon or returning from wilderness paddling in Lake Superior Provincial Park, Pukaskwa National Park and the Lake Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve.The construction material of choice for most punts is wood.Fibreglass is used for some very light and narrow racing punts.The sides, the ends (known as "huffs"), and the "till" are normally made of hardwood such as mahogany. The bottom is made of softwood and may be replaced several times during the life of a particular boat.A traditional punt is about 24 feet (7.3 m) long and 3 feet (0.91 m) wide. Both the bow and the stern are cut square, with a long shallow "swim"; this is to say, the underside of the boat slopes very gently at the front and the back. Extra large and wide punts known as ferry punts may be seen in Cambridge, where many are used as water-borne tourist vehicles.