Friday, November 29, 2019

Ulua Sold

The new owners of my personal Ulua out for some practice at Taipa, New Zealand.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Camakau Training

You can watch the training video to prepare the 68 teams participating in the Eco Challenge event held in Fiji.

Friday, November 15, 2019


Flashback 15 years or so.  Harmen Hielkema testing my 16' Tarawa with a Gibbons shunting rig.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Va'a Motu by Denis Gallant

Side rudder supports and aft crossbeam wae.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Glass It

Gabriel Kelly's Ulua with its fiberglass sheathing applied.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


You can get a ride on this 50' Fijian drua which is now based at Vuda Marina just a short distance from the airport at Nadi, Fiji

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Visiting a Polynesian double canoe I built in 2003. This is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook arriving at Mercury Bay, New Zealand where he observed the transit of Mercury as it passed in front of the sun. Also in attendance were three much bigger eighty foot double canoes, A replica of Cook's Endeavour and two other square riggers.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019


The first day of spring in NZ with the sun heading south over the equator.  My 20 year old Tarawa is lashed up and ready to go again.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ulua 27 for Sale

27' stretched Ulua for sale in the SF Bay area.  This three year old canoe comes fully decked with spray skirts for rough weather.  Contact Chris Goeltner: goeltner at

Friday, September 6, 2019

Fiji Eco Challenge

Rigging 69 shunting Tamanu canoes for the start of the Eco Challenge.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Mike Baker

Mike Baker's 26.5' stretched Ulua ready for action.  Strip planked with Alaskan yellow cedar.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


 Just returned home from a few weeks in Fiji. Got some sailing in with my 10 year old Tamanu and caught some nice fish. We Also visited the factory building 100 Tamanus of which 70 will be used in the Eco Challenge in early September. Watch for it on Amazon Prime with Bear Grylls next year. After that event they will be used to train sailors and eventually be distributed around Fiji's hundreds of islands.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mix and Match Ulua

Gary Gunder has completed a 24' (8.1M) stretched Ulua double outrigger matched with Va'a Motu amas and rudder, and a Wa'apa rig.