Friday, February 27, 2009
Ama lashings Part 6
A direct connection between the ama and crossbeams is typically seen in Hawaii. It is especially suitable for heavy surf landings where a strut connection would more easily be damaged if the canoe was overturned.
Modern Hawaiian types usually have a small raised portion on the ama to lift the ends of the crossbeams higher above the water. Strips of rubber tire innertube used for lashing also reduce the chance of damage in the surf.
Top photo taken from "The Hawaiian Canoe" by Tommy Holmes. Drawing taken from "Canoes of Oceania" by Haddon and Hornell. Bottom photo is a fiberglass production model Ulua.