Sunday, March 29, 2015

Final Leg

Follow Reto Brehm on the final leg of his summer cruise.  At the end of his account he includes a excellent analysis of the interaction between steering and sail trim.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Multiple Launch Alert

Christoph Goeltner recently launched his stretched Ulua on SF Bay in California.

Wayne McDonald launched his Ulua in Maui, Hawaii.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Outrigger Junior Kits Almost Ready

The builder plans for Outrigger Junior design by John Harris are 
complete and kits will be available soon.

The Outrigger Junior
Prototype Status:  Sailing
Kit Status:  Tested and ready
Plans Status:  Complete
Instruction Manual Status:  A work in progress
Pricing:  Kits will start around $2500, Plans TBD

The 15-foot Outrigger Junior has been sailing for just over a year.  We've built four prototypes and have been happy to find only a few minor things that required refinement.  Updates of note include a quick-assembly scheme for crossbeams and trampoline, cutting the setup time on the beach by as much as 75%.  While straightforward to build for someone with average wood-butchery skills, the parts-count is moderately high so the manual is an impressively thick volume.  We're taking our time to get it right.  The boat's page with lots of photos is hereDesign discussion is here.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Old News from Oceania

Recent archeological diggings in the Mariana Islands has revealed pottery that dates to 3500 years ago.  The logical migration route would have been from the Northern Philippines, 1200 nautical miles away.  To get to the Marianas from there means sailing dead to windward against the Northeast trade winds.  That may set the timeline back some for the early development of the Oceanic proa.

Sailing for Survival written by Mary R. Mennis is a report on the trading systems and canoes of Papua New Guinea

Tangaroa is the Polynesian god of the sea and seafaring.  This carving recently sold for $1.5 million.  Nice to see him getting some well deserved recognition.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sussex Wa'apa

 Robin Bennett and family making good progress on their Wa'apa.   There's a building blog here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

e15 Tacking Outrigger

Tim Eley's e15 tacking outrigger.  See more here.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

New Ulua in Western Australia

Stewart Jackson in Western Australia is doing a fine job on his Ulua.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sailing With WAM

Things are looking up for the building/sailing program called WAM in Majuro, Marshall Islands.
Visit their new website or even go for a ride.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Geoff in PNG

Geoff Husa sailing his Wa'apa near Madang, Papua New Guinea.  Read his blog here.

Sailin' Shan Skailyn from geoff husa on Vimeo.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Voyage of the P5 Proa Lili'uokalani

Reto Brehm has published an account of his recent cruise along the coast of Croatia.  You may remember Reto from his ingenious crabclaw reefing setup.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Single Outrigger Canoe of the Cook Islands

One of my personal heroes is Te Rangi Hiroa otherwise known as Peter Buck.  He was a doctor, military leader, health administrator, politician, anthropologist, author of Vikings of the Sunrise, and eventually the director of Honolulu's Bishop Museum. 
He traveled extensively through Polynesia in the 1930's and gathered rapidly disappearing information about the old culture.  This is his study of the canoes of the Cook Islands.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Va'a Motu Racing in Tahiti

I'm glad to see that the fleet of Va'a Motu (island canoe) is still active and having plenty of fun with their huge gaff rigs.  Captain Cook observed the transit of Venus in this bay in 1769.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hawaii with Kiko

Instead of shoveling snow, why not visit Kiko in Hawaii.  He'll take you on a memorable outing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

T2 by Guy Rinfret

Le Lac Saint-Jean se fait beau pour Bororo. from Michel Boissonneault on Vimeo.

Guy Rinfret was one of the very first builders of the T2 proa.  This new and beautifully shot video shows that it doesn't take much sail area to get it moving.