When David Nelson's father, John M. Nelson, sailed around the world as a crew member on the brigantine Yankee in 1954, he had the chance to see and sail different types of outrigger canoes. He was so impressed with the performance of this one from the island of Manihi in the Tuomotus that he measured it up with the intent of someday building one. It wasn't built but his son David might just do it. (I'm trying to convince him)
The hull is a simple flat bottom and was reported to be quite light. With a lusty crew, it should go like a rocket.
Possibly the oldest outrigger canoe plan intended for the backyard builder, this 12' paddler appeared in the July 1961 issue of Boy's Life magazine. Sorry I missed it at the time because it could have speeded up my personal development.
A transom can be very useful on any boat, where it can provide a convenient mounting for a rudder and even an outboard motor. But with a long, narrow and pointy ended canoe, the weight of those things are better placed more amidships where the trim will be less affected.
I must give the credit for this idea to some unknown fisherman from the Cook Islands . No doubt similar solutions are used on many Pacific islands. On one of my visits there, I saw a small flat bottomed plywood canoe with an outboard bracket that consisted of a length of 2x4 shoved through two rectangular holes in the sides of the canoe. Nothing could be simpler or less prone to failure than this.
This Tamanu canoe uses the 2x4 to support the outboard on the ama side and the kick up rudder on the opposite side. The leeboard should go on the same side as the rudder.
The above drawing shows the structure used on the Va'a Motu design. The wood piece lashed on top of the gunwales allows more distance between the gudgeons for better rudder stability.
If the canoe is heavily loaded or trimmed down at the stern, the waves can hit the mount. A thin plywood shield, held on with webbing hinges and a lashing, deflects any spray away from the motor.
On the Va'a Motu I used a fabric spray shield attached with snap fasteners on the outboard motor side.
Michael Storer, the designer of the Goat Island Skiff and many others, has started a sail making loft with some friends in the Philippines. His standing lug rigs being powerful, low aspect and easy to reef, make them a good option for any outrigger sailing canoe. The prices are good and reef points are included. Read this page on adapting his sails to other designs.
The worst case scenario for adapting these sails to my designs would involve drilling an extra hole for a different leeboard location and adding some extra reinforcement there.
And yes, I know that's a unimaran in the above photo :-)
This Ulua is one of the fiberglass production models I built about eight years ago and is located in Tauranga, New Zealand. The hull is built with vinylester resin and knitted fiberglass fabrics. For more details and photos go HERE.
Dan St Gean has one or both of these Tamanu hulls for sale. The photo is from the Texas 200 event where the hulls were connected and powered with Hobie 18 parts. The hulls are located in Illinois, USA. Post a comment if interested in either of these canoes.
This from Michael Storer recently in the Philippines:
This is a project to replace some of the 50,000 small fishing boats lost In the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. These small boats underpin local communities and families.
This particular project has come from the pinoyboats.org group for the knowhow and financed by one group of classmates.
The idea is not only to give boats, but to teach the fishermen to build their own.
This particular design is locally drawn up following many of the principles that Phil Bolger and others use for construction. It is called the "Biglang Bangka" or translated "instant Bangka"
The 2014 Everglades Challenge begins this next Saturday, the first of March, with a record number of paddlers and sailors. We might see a proa if the Crazy Russian gets it finished in time.
You can keep track of all the participants through the Watertribe Challenge tracking page.