They went inside the hut to get acquainted with Vodlozero tradesmen. The latter turned out cheerful people. When asked about life in their home area, they sighed and said they were hoping for the best. One thing led to another, and the men soon found themselves arguing about which of the two boat designs was the fastest and most robust. Banging their fists on the table, the Vodlozero men swore their boats would handle the fastest of the rapids because they were deep bodied and had an elongated shape. The Kenozero men stood their ground: no boat was better than kenozerka!
Here's how they explained it. Kenozerka boats are sewn, not built. Older generations used to sew them without nails, unlike today, but current masters use nails as skillfully as needles. The material for kenozerka boats is spruce. Its trunks should be bent naturally at 90 degrees to be used as compass timber. The spruce boards for the sides, each of its own size and shape, are called naboi. Design-wise, kenozerka is lower and wider than vodlozerka. Its rear post is directed upward and its nose has a tighter bent radius.
"Kenozerka has better buoyancy. Extra load can't cause it to capsize. She's fast and beautiful," argued the Vershinino men.
Finally, they decided to have a competition. The Vodlozero men were to start from Tyr-Navolok and the Kenozero ones from Glushchevа to meet in the village of Pogost, where the fair was. The Vodlozero men went loaded, while Glushchevа was a way farther from the meeting point, so the competition was fair.
"Start when agreed and go at normal speed. Let us not get ahead of ourselves on a holiday," said the Kenozero men.
And so they did. On Sunday, many poured out into the street to see the long, imposing vodlozerkas and the low, elegant kenozerkas start from the opposite sides of the lake. Waves rolled high, sending vodlozerkas sideways and having no effect on kenozerkas. The latter came first.