Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jzerro Changes Hands

Russell Brown's Jzerro has a new owner and a new adventure ahead.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Some Skills Worth Aquiring

One of the subjects that I should have included in my book on outrigger sailing canoes was knot tying, especially since the canoe is tied together with string.  The bowline, the reef knot, the sheet bend, multiple half hitches and a figure eight knot will get you by, but there are many others that serve useful specialized purposes.  Bob Holtzman just published his new Field Guide to Knots with eighty knots included.  Knowing the right knot for the job could save your life and I'm not kidding.

Making short pieces of timber or plywood into long pieces is a basic skill in wooden boat building, but one which can strike fear into the heart of a novice.  Do yourself a favor and learn from a master. 
Scarfing Basics by Russell Brown.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Those Adventurists Again

These African sailing outriggers use angled planks for amas.  The ama generates the needed stability and lateral resistance through dynamic forces occurring from its forward motion through the water.  The faster you go, the greater the force generated.  "Go fast or swim."

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sails That Make You Smile

 I've got to say that these hand painted sails from the Philippines may not be as fast as a new set of black 3di sails, but they sure look better.  Visit the Iloili Paraw Regatta.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Springtime Down Under

Spring and sailing weather are not far away, so it is time to overhaul the fleet.  The Va'a Motu is in the shop first for a fresh coat of paint.  The freshly painted main ama, crossbeams and hiking seats are on the work table and the safety ama is hanging from the ceiling.
A dash of Penetrol in the enamel really makes a brush job look like a spray job.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ulua Launch Alert

Steve Luke Jackson recently launched his 22' stretched Ulua in Nikiski, Alaska.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wa'a Auku'u a Coastal Voyaging Canoe

From Thomas Loomis:
I modified and built two Tamanu hulls and put  them together to make a coastal voyaging canoe here on the big island of Hawaii. We've been using a Torqeedo 1003 and 45watt solar panel as auxiliary power. It moves the wa'a amazingly well. We use the canoe as part of our youth after school marine education program. We teach coastal stewardship, sustainability, sailing, and science. We've even had the chance to record humpback whale songs this past winter during the annual winter migration return. She is a great little canoe that sails really well. One day we plan to build an even bigger one.
Thanks for the designs!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Florida T2 For Sale

This two year old T2 located in central Florida is for sale for US$4500.  Contact me (gary.dierking at gmail.com) and I will put you in contact with the owner.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Coconut Composites

Another use for dried coconut husk fiber.  Traditionally used to make sennit, the handmade rope of the tropics used for lashing, it also works well in combination with epoxy resin.  It is stretchier than fiberglass but available everywhere in the tropics for free.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


A skin on frame shunter.  More info and photos here and at the Proa File blog.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Canoa Caieria I

Follow Ernesto Cassol building his Ulua in Brazil. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

T2, But Not As We Know It.

Dr Blake Ketchum in Pennsylvania is taking any unusual approach in building his T2 proa.  In an effort to save weight, the veed bottom of the hull will be SOF (skin on frame) and the sides and cockpit floor will be strip composite or ply.  This also solves a problem that SOF hulls can have with torsional stiffness when under sail.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Little Double Outrigger That Could

The Farrier F25C Elsie Piddock won the race to Alaska in 5 days and 55 minutes.
Photo by Nick Reid.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

North to Alaska

The second leg of the R2AK is one hour old and you can track the entries live here.  The Soggy Beavers (OC6 outrigger canoe) are ahead now but Team Pure and Wild are not far behind.  There's a long way to go yet in the most interesting race I've seen in many years.