Os has a tradition of small boat building. The Oselvar is the traditional boat of Os. This small wooden boat was named after its major important building site during the 18th century, at the mouth of the Oselva River. In the early 1800s, boat building was an important industry in Os. These boats have traditionally been used for everyday work and for traveling to church. These boats were either sail or row boats. They still build these boats the traditional way in Os, and tourists are able to visit and watch them work. The Oselvar is now the official boat of Norway. With its traditions the boat became a symbol of the nation.
Hagavik, a village in Os municipality, also has a modern boat building company, Askeladden Boats AS. Askeladden is Norways largest manufacturer of leisure boats.
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