A sampan is a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat. It’s used by some as a small shelter and can even be used as a form of permanent residence on the inland waters. You generally can find sampans used in rivers of coastal regions and they are also sometimes employed as traditional fishing boats. Sampans stay close to shore and it is unusual to find a sampan sailing far from land as they are not constructed to survive rough weather or seas. The wise captain knows what his boat is built for and doesn’t ask it to do more than it can. Know yourself, or at least as much as you can, and avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations.