Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
There's good news and not so good news. The spinnaclaw system works fine and would be good for a larger proa, I think at least 24'. On my little 16' Tarawa, the short spinnaker pole interferes with where I'm sitting on the hiking seat. I tried two different locations for the pivot point. First I had it higher on the mast so that it would clear my legs, but that meant that the boom had to be quite high off the deck and almost level with a high CE. I moved the pivot point down to deck level as shown in the photo but there was no way to make it work with my legs in the hull.
The good news is that it would work on a platform big enough that the crew could stay well clear on the windward platform. Certainly the balance would be better on broad reaches. So for now I'll go back to the shunting rail system I've shown in the book.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Matthew Rigby and friends are building a 20' carbon/glass Ulua in Florida using a female mold.
Stringers are installed to support the foam panels.
First foam panel in place.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Because of my constant curiosity about alternate sail rigs, I intend to try something different again for the next trip. I'll bring a standard balanced lug rig which is similar to the junk but without the battens. The polytarp I used for the junk rig is nearing the end of its life so I would have to replace it in any case.
So far my wife Rose has caught a Spanish mackerel and a trevalley from the canoe; each of which fed four.
A little over a week to go and then it's back to the NZ winter and fires every night.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
They are having waaay too much fun.
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.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
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.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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.
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.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
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.