The new ama for Tarawa is just about finished. The six struts are epoxied deep inside and two coats of paint have been applied. I've decided to take Russ Brown's advice and skip the undercoat. Undercoats don't flow out so you either have to spray them on or end up sanding most of them away to smooth them. In this country West epoxy is half the price per liter of a good undercoat, so it's more economical to keep applying resin until you have a fair and smooth surface. Looks good too.
My wife and I are off to Fiji for the next three weeks. We will see how well our Tamanu survived the massive hurricane they had there a few months ago. Hopefully we'll snag some big fish outside the reef too.
The photo above is of a model of the Opelu Hawaiian canoe featured in Tommy Holmes' book The Hawaiian Canoe. The model was built by Tevita Kunato who is now carving a 19 footer from an albezia log in Hawaii. Follow his progress here and here.
My 16' fifteen year old Tarawa is getting a new ama. The original ama was too small and caused difficulties with more than one person aboard. I had this female strip planking mold hanging in the rafters for a long time which had been used for a custom canoe project. Stripping is not the easiest way to build an ama; I still think foam or ply is faster but the mold was there so I decided to use it. No special timber, just clear 1/4" (6mm) pine planking with square edges. It will be painted so tight edge fitting is not necessary. The shape is symmetrical end to end and top to bottom.
Staples and small nails were used to hold the planks in place. Gorilla glue between the planks.
Three water tight bulkheads divide the ama into four compartments. The inside surface has been sanded and glassed with 6 oz fiberglass and West epoxy.
The second half of the ama has also been stripped, glassed inside and bonded to its other half. Next I will sand the outside, trowel light weight filler in the gaps between the planks, and glass the outside.
This 13.5' (4.1M) ama has twice the volume of the old one. Having the wind die while hiked out won't sink this one.
The Festival of Pacific Arts is going on in Guam right now. Sailing canoes from many islands in Micronesia have sailed to Guam for this event. Hundreds of miles in the open ocean with little or no shelter from the elements. It's great to see this revival. More photos here.
Thanks to Matthew Mateo for the links and photos.
My 15 year old 16' proa, Tarawa, is in the shop for an overhaul and paint. It is in remarkable condition for having spent all of that time out in the weather. The construction is strip planked NZ redwood with epoxy/glass inside and out. It has a self bailing cockpit floor made from a foam sheet with glass both sides. This was the prototype for what was to become the T2 design that I sell. The T2 is two feet longer and has less extreme asymmetry. I will make a new hiking seat that allows the sailor to get his or her weight farther aft. Weight shift is an important part of getting one of these to cooperate with your intentions.
The Sandeq Race takes place on the West coast of West Sulawesi in
Indonesia, where local fishermen have for many years used traditional
outrigger sailing boats to catch flying fish for their eggs. See more here.
The annual Crosby Cup Regatta was held at Iluka Bay, Australia, on Saturday, 19th of March, 2016 at Iluka Bay. Sailing in vessels are made from roofing, bamboo and rubber and some are capable of hitting 10–12 knots in the right conditions.