Over the centuries, the Oselvar boat has been built in several different sizes. The smallest boat with one pair of oars can be shorter than 4.5 metres and the largest boat with six pairs of oars can be longer than 10 metres.
On the right, you can see the entire Oselvar family together. The boat on the left measures 18 “alen” (1 alen = 55 cm) long and was built at the Oselvar workshop in 2001. On the far right, you can see a boat with one pair of oars measuring 8 “alen”, also built at the workshop in 2022.
We measure the length of Oselvar boats in “alen”, internally from stem to stem. 1 “alen” in boats is approximately 55 cm .
A “båtalo” or “alen” in boats must not be confused with a “normal alen” which was 62.75 cm when it went out of use. The latter has varied in length throughout history.