Tarawa's new ama is out of the mold and glassed. Fitting the six struts comes next.
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.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
See more here.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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.
Photos and info are taken from The Daily Examiner. Read the full article and watch a video here.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Andrew Osborn in New Zealand ready to launch his Wa'apa.
Jon Van Vuren's Ulua ready to go in Florida.
Guy Davis has completed the planking on his 27' stretched Ulua in Hawaii.
Tom Raiss has his Ulua molds set up in Brazil.