Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ulua Paddler



Ben Corbett's 24' (7.5M) stretch Ulua equipped with a paddle racing style ama.

Kauai Sailing



Adam Hussey sailing his Ulua in Kauai, Hawaii

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Double outrigger


The Tamanu can also be rigged as a double outrigger. Foam and fiberglass amas are used to save weight.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Coming soon





This 20 ft/6 M tacking outrigger "Tamanu" is a development of the "Easy Rider" that I built in Fiji a few months ago. It is fully decked with two self-bailing footwells, has a kick-up rudder on the stern, and the sail is reefed by rotating the mast. Complete plans should be ready by Christmas.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Outrigger canoes of Madagascar












Thanks to my friends and clients, Claudio & Martin, for these great canoe photos from Nosey Be.


Friday, September 28, 2007

18' Ulua stretched to 24'



David Lowry's beautiful stretched Ulua on it's launching day.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Polynesian Deep-Sea Chantey


The handle of my steering paddle thrills to action,
My paddle named Kautu-ki-te-rangi.
It guides to the horizon but dimly discerned.
To the horizon that lifts before us,
To the horizon that ever recedes,
To the horizon that ever draws near,
To the horizon that causes doubt,
To the horizon that instils dread,
The horizon with unknown power,
The horizon not hitherto pierced.
The lowering skies above,
The raging seas below,
Oppose the untraced path
Our ship must go.


Taken from "Vikings of the Sunrise" by Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa)

Ndrua payphones

All of the public payphones in Fiji have a stylized ndrua masthead and sail.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Idyllic days in Savusavu, Fiji

Trolling brings rewards

Ama strut lashing

"Easy Rider" on the beach

"Easy Rider" comes ashore at Savusavu, Fiji

A postcard from Borabora

A double outrigger from the Philippines

A Marshallese Walap



Count the weather shrouds on this large proa from the Marshall Islands.

A fifty cent coin from Fiji

Sailing Canoes of Papua New Guinea









The highlight of the 1978 Hiri Moale festival held in Port Moresby was undoubtedly the great canoe race. More than 90 canoes with almost 750 crew lined up along Moresby's harbor beach .
The rules limited the the sail area to 280 sq feet, but the canoes ranged from 28 to 42 foot in length.
The wind was strong and many competitors reached speeds close to 20 knots.
The shunting rigs have Western style rectangular boomless sprit sails. The mast can be tilted fore and aft for trim on any given course.

The photos were scanned from Air Niugini's flight magazine.


Kiribati (Gilbert Is) Model Sailing Canoe









LOA 29.5" (750mm)
BOA 13" (330mm)

Ama Length 12" (300mm)

Hull Beam at Deck 2 3/4" (70mm)
Built by: Litai Kapua

Litai was born in Tuvalu (south of Kiribati) but spent the last 20 years in Kiribati where he built four full size sailing canoes.



800 miles in an 18 ft outrigger canoe