Saturday, September 20, 2014

Niue


 I guess this photo answers the question about what you really need to catch a fish like this.  Niue is a small island in the South Pacific where there are almost no beaches and the sea bottom slopes down very steeply.  This means the big fish, and whales too, swim by closely and you don't have to paddle far to catch one.  This photo was taken by the late Glenn Jowitt in 1982.


When Captain Cook arrived in 1774, he was chased off 
and later named the place Savage Island.


The canoes or vaka are small and lightly built so that they can be carried down steep cliffs to be launched.  They are well suited for paddling in strong winds with their low ends to maintain better control.  The hulls are dugout and can be as thin as 1/4" (6mm) thick.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

T2 Splash

Andrew Bennett recently launched his T2.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Bionic Broomstick

Skip Johnson has been working at the bleeding edge of experimental, backyard proa design and construction.  Skip's 14' Bionic Broomstick sailed successfully recently in Texas.

The photo shows the proa tipped on it's side with the ama in the air.  The rigid wing sail is lying on the grass.  Since proas sail in either direction, there is a cassette rudder at each end.
Skip is not exactly new to this sort of thing having built a larger proa some years ago.
Here's a great video about Skip and the kayaks he's designed and built.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Velo o te Moana: Spear of the Ocean


The first three man canoe carved in PukaPuka for 30 years has been delivered to the museum in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.  It is similar to the very special 50-60 year old model I have from PukaPuka.
You can read more about its construction here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hull Varnishing


Andrew Bennett is varnishing his T2 hull and had this advice:  
"Please repeat to your followers your advice to avoid varnish fumes.  I got a nasty headache yesterday, in spite of using a chemical respirator.  I kept it well inside the garage, and so got a buzz just walking across the garage to put it on.  I keep it now at the garage door."


Friday, August 22, 2014

Outrigger Junior



The Outrigger Junior by John Harris of CLC.


Several are now being built at the WoodenBoat School.


Hollow curved crossbeams.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Proanauts of Poland


We are a group of friends sailing proas from Poland and Germany.  Every year we meet to share our experience and to raid together to gain some more experience.
Three boats went for Proa Raid 2014.  All of them were shunting proas with crab claw sails.  Strictly shunting, no tacking, no safety gear to protect the fail of the mast in back-wind.  No motor.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Outriggers Lost in the Sea of Time


An overlooked aspect of cultural change and conditions for sustainable development in Oceania.
By Thomas Malm

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Outrigger Canoe Surfing



Certainly one of the best videos to either excite you or make sure you never try it.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pages of Proa History

Robert Patrick sent me a link to these pages from the July 1962 issue Of Popular Boating magazine.










Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More Uluas Coming Off Their Molds


Claudio Carvalho's Ulua, being built in Brazil, is ready to come off the mold.


Stewart Jackson's Ulua in Western Australia has two extra planks along the gunwale to give it additional freeboard.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Manihi Tacking Outrigger 1954


When David Nelson's father, John M. Nelson, sailed around the world as a crew member on the brigantine Yankee in 1954, he had the chance to see and sail different types of outrigger canoes.  He was so impressed with the performance of this one from the island of Manihi in the Tuomotus that he measured it up with the intent of someday building one.  It wasn't built but his son David might just do it. (I'm trying to convince him)



The hull is a simple flat bottom and was reported to be quite light.  With a lusty crew, it should go like a rocket.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Made For Waves

http://vimeo.com/90094141

Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa from the big Island of Hawaii sent me a link to this very beautiful and inspiring video.  Click on the photo above to view the video.

http://www.napea.info/

The Organization Na Pe'a is also doing great work in getting young people involved in canoe sailing.



Saturday, July 5, 2014

PPP


Possibly the oldest outrigger canoe plan intended for the backyard builder, this 12' paddler appeared in the July 1961 issue of Boy's Life magazine.  Sorry I missed it at the time because it could have speeded up my personal development.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Around the Workshops

 
Jeremy Lloyd's Ulua ready to take on Hawaiian waters.

 
Paul Vasterling's T2 being inspected by Quality Control

 
Andrew Bennett's T2 getting its ama struts setup.

 
Jim Richardson's stretched Ulua.

 
Mike Lewis's T2 ready to go.
 
 
And Phil McLean's Va'a Motu side panel on the operating table.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Transoms


 A transom can be very useful on any boat,  where it can provide a convenient mounting for a rudder and even an outboard motor.   But with a long, narrow and pointy ended canoe, the weight  of those things are better placed more amidships where the trim will be less affected.
I must give the credit for this idea to some unknown fisherman from the Cook Islands .  No doubt similar solutions are used on many Pacific islands.  On one of my visits there, I saw a small flat bottomed plywood canoe with an outboard bracket that consisted of a length of 2x4 shoved through two rectangular holes in the sides of the canoe.  Nothing could be simpler or less prone to failure than this.

This Tamanu canoe uses the 2x4 to support the outboard on the ama side and the kick up rudder on the opposite side.  The leeboard should go on the same side as the rudder.


The above drawing shows the structure used on the Va'a Motu design.  The wood piece lashed on top of the gunwales allows more distance between the gudgeons for better rudder stability.


If the canoe is heavily loaded or trimmed down at the stern, the waves can hit the mount.  A thin plywood shield, held on with webbing hinges and a lashing, deflects any spray away from the motor.


On the Va'a Motu I used a fabric spray shield attached with snap fasteners on the outboard motor side.


The Va'a Motu cassette rudder on its mount.