Cudden refers to a term that is primarily used in the Cornish dialect. It is a noun that typically refers to a small fishing boat or vessel that is specifically used for inshore fishing. Cudden boats are traditionally made of wood and are commonly found along the coast of Cornwall, a region in southwestern England.
These boats are usually sturdy and compact, designed to navigate shallow waters and rocky coastlines. They often have a flat bottom, which enables them to be easily beached on sandy shores. The term "cudden" is derived from the Cornish word "cudhyn," which means "little wooden boat." These boats are mainly used by local fishermen for activities such as crabbing, net fishing, and lobster potting.
Cudden boats have been a significant part of Cornish fishing heritage and culture for centuries. They are known for their durability and efficiency in accessing areas inaccessible by larger vessels. In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in these traditional boats, with some enthusiasts building replicas or restoring old ones.
The term "cudden" can also be used more broadly to refer to small fishing vessels used in other parts of the world, especially in areas with a similar coastal geography. However, it is primarily associated with the Cornish fishing tradition.