Thursday, September 25, 2008

An Soatau of Samoa

I recently acquired this 37 inch model of a Samoan soatau. The model came from Samoa in the 1920's and is carved from quite a heavy hardwood. It's almost identical to the Amatasi shown in this painting by Herb Kane from Hawaii, except for the absence of a fore and aft deck.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rosario Ciardo's new Wa'apa

Rosario built this Wa'apa in Italy and is enjoying his first sail. The hull in the photo is 16' long in two sections. A third section can be added to make a 24' hull. This design can be sailed with a single or double outrigger and is adaptable to almost any sailing rig.

As you can see, a 16' can be stuffed into a small car, but the 24' may need a small trailer.