Thursday, February 4, 2016

ITI For Sale

ITI for sale

New Zealand proa sailors may be interested in  ITI, a prototype 23 ft shunter that  has lived in the Whangarei harbor for about 12 years.
Originally built to be used as a fishing waka, and go trolling under sail on the Tutukaka coast, but changing circumstances and the owners relocation brought about a change in those plans……moving from the coast to the upper reaches of the Whangarei harbor made getting out to sea much more difficult. So in order to spend the odd night aboard, a whare was built to provide shelter and a lock-up place for gear.
Now, with older age starting to show in wear and tare of  joints,I need a waka better suited to this condition, so am building a 30 footer.
ITI is in need of some maintenance but is still able to do coastal sailing this summer if an enthusiast is willing to take him over at a fair price…..offers near $3000 NZ make sense to me.

Modeled on the Micronesian type proa, there are innovations to the running rigging system which allow ITI to be sailed single handed.
The picture shows my paddleboard being carried between the hulls, although a board or two can be lashed on the lee side beams to function as a safety ama and prevent heeling beyond recovery point.
Sail area is not big in the professionally made North Sails Crab claw sail, but this rig can handle winds up to 30 knts…. A bigger sail with reef point would improve performance, if fun sailing rather than fishing was the object.

Interested parties can e mail me, Jeremy, at

Monday, February 1, 2016

Almost Ready

Ernesto Cassol is almost ready to launch his Ulua made from Brazilian timbers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Drone Video

Pirogue traditionnelle polynésienne à voiles
Nous vous faisons partager une vidéo comme on en voit peu souvent!Cette vidéo a été tournée par un drone. Elle film la pirogue traditionnelle polynésienne à voiles qu'a construit l'association VA A MOTU dont nous sommes partenaire pour leur avoir fourni les voiles. Les images sont juste incroyables...
Posted by delta voiles on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
 Some drone video of the va'a motu built in Fakarava, French Polynesia.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fast Sailing in Indonesia

Sandeq Race, une course sur le fil
Trouver à l'autre bout du monde des multicoques bricolés et surtoilés était une belle surprise à laquelle nous réservons un reportage extraordinaire dans notre dernier numéro. En complément de cette publication, voici une vidéo aussi amusante qu'étonnante consacrée à la Sandeq Race qui se déroule chaque année en Indonésie.© D.R.
Posted by Voiles et Voiliers on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Friday, January 1, 2016

First Sail of the Season

Returning from the first checkout sail of my Va'a Motu after a spring overhaul.  Light winds but did manage to get 8 knots in the puffs.  Because I'm approaching the stony beach on a reach, I've dropped the main and will roller furl the jib just before I land.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Know Where You Are

For most of human history, the stars told us where we were in space and time. 
 Have we forgotten how to look up?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Summer Sailing in Sweden

Joergen Agardtson and friends have been sailing his Wa'apa for the last three summers. 

It looks like he's using chine runners instead of a leeboard.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015


Stewart Jackson found that if you live in Australia it is wise to always check your bilge before hopping into your Ulua.  That's a carpet python in the photo above.

With some gentle persuasion, it was convinced to find another place for a nap.

Stuart reefs the sail by rolling it around the mast.  This has worked well
 and he is promising a video of the process.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Visit to the Southern Outer Islands of Pohnpei

 Takuya Nagaoka recently visited some of the southern islands near Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.  Thankfully he took some great canoe photos.  Above you can see the very best way to store an outrigger canoe or any boat for that matter.  Out of the sun and rain, and above the ground for good ventilation.  This photo was taken on Kapingamarangi, one of the Polynesian settled islands in Micronesia.

 The same canoe house at Kapingamarangi.

A canoe at Nukuoro.

A Pohnpeian style sailing canoe at Sapwuahfik.  Note the small shark in the canoe.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ready For The Season

My Va'a Motu freshly painted and ready for the NZ sailing season.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Polynesian Va'a Motu Project

Visit the Facebook page for the story of this va'a motu project.  This is not my design and it is considerably bigger.   There are several changes from the traditional including the latest wave piercing ama bow.  I think it was built on the island of Fakarava in the Tuamotu group of French Polynesia.

This last photo would make a good desktop background.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tamanu from Brazil

Hjalmar Turesson just launched his new Tamanu in Brazil.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

South African Wa'apa

Somon Britz in Durban, South Africa is building a 0ne piece 16" Wa'apa. 

The amas are foam filled PVC pipe with shaped and glassed ends.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ama Attachment Methods

One of the most fascinating parts of the outrigger canoe is the multiple ways that have been devised to connect the ama to the crossbeam.  It must be strong enough to slam into wave faces, be twisted in confused seas and still produce the smallest possible drag.
Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck) did extensive research on this in the 1930's.