Sunday, May 18, 2008
Ulua launch alert
Martijn Nugteren recently launched his 7.2 meter [23' 8"] Ulua double outrigger in the Netherlands. The hull is all composite Corecell foam core with fiberglass inside and out. The foam sheets for the hull were fitted into a set of female forms and the inside of the hull was fiberglassed before removing it from the molds.
Note the traditional style lashings and blocking used to raise the crossbeams higher above the water. This is standard practice for Hawaiian canoes that race between the islands.
The carved masthead is a crowning touch to this hand built masterpiece. You can view many photos of the construction process at: http://tijns-outrigger.spaces.live.com/