India, Nov. 29 -- Tripura's Dulan Sutradhar started making boats when he was only 12 years old and hasn't stopped even at 70. He claims to have made over five thousand boats so far and is hoping to make more than a splash with his latest and also the longest boat, currently receiving finishing touches from the expert artist.

Sutradhar practices his craft in Melaghar town in state's Sepahijala district, about 60 kilometres away from capital Agartala, and hopes to help drive more tourists to the local Rudrasagar Lake, which is home to India's only the second water palace,Neermahal, once his 200-seater magnum opus makes a floating debut in December.

"Currently, we are making a 65 feet long and 11.5 feet wide boat. This will be the state's ...