Thursday, April 16, 2015

2Oceans 1Rock

 2Oceans 1Rock

It's rare to hear such solid advice as this and I think the guy may have a chance.

Equipment Failure: Anyone who has sailed offshore knows that Murphy is the only law that applies once you’ve left the dock. In my experience, the best time to push the boat to it’s limits is before an actual event. I’ve done it both ways, and I’m going back to my roots on this one with the goal of keeping the boat as simple as I can while still allowing it to perform well. That will require about a year of sea trialing in a relatively controlled environment (Gulf of Mexico/Atlantic coast) before leaving for the 14,000 mile voyage. My approach to this project is to not become greedy about eeking out an extra percentage of a knot at the risk of keeping things reliable. The fewer moving parts the fewer things there are to break, but you’d be surprised how difficult it is to ignore the “if we added ____, the boat would be ____ faster at this angle”. Moral of the story, K.I.S.S.

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.