The search is on for hundreds of currachs as part of a local heritage project.
The Clare Heritage Section of Clare County Council is carrying out an audit of the traditional wooden-framed boats synonymous with the West coast.
Experts also want to set up a priority list for vessels that require urgent conservation to keep them in good condition.
The Clare Traditional Boat and Currach Project 2008 has a budget of €14,000.
Currachs were used for sea fishing or transport along rivers and inlets along the West coast.
It is claimed that St Brendan made the first transatlantic voyage to the US in a currach in the Sixth Century.
The Co Clare audit will also examine local variations in traditional boat and currach building as well as regional customs and uses.
“The ultimate aim is to generate an increased awareness of our boat and currach and general traditional boat heritage in Clare,” said a County Council spokesman.