The origins of the craft have a number of tales but what we know for sure is that they have been in use for at least two hundred years, although it has been suggested that the design of the boat may date back further, owing to the Eastern, Arabic appearance of the sails and the craft itself. Many have suggested this as another example of Coptic influence on the west coast of Ireland. The Connamara area had many boatbuilders and it is thought that they formed these boats especially to suit the area. The boats were able to sail in shallow waters and thus were ideal for the areas around South Conamara.
Now something of an icon with a mere 30 still in active use today. An astonishing accomplishment, considering nearly all of the original Hookers had left the water by 1975.