Monday, July 21, 2008

How to build a canoe with a log and an adze

Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about building a seagoing outrigger from logs with primitive tools is well documented in this University of Oregon project report about building a canoe in Kapingamarangi. Kapingamarangi is an isolated atoll in Southern Micronesia populated by Polynesians.
I remember seeing these same canoes heading out to sea every morning when I lived in Pohnpei. They were powered by small outboards but were traditionally sailed with an Oceanic lateen shunting rig.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fun in the Philippines

I just can't get enough of these Philippine paraws. These double outriggers can be traced back to the first settlers to the Visayan region from Borneo in the early 1200's, and to this day this particular design can only be seen around a few islands in the Western Visayas. These big sea spiders can do over 22 knots.