Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Double Wa'apa



Gunnar Jentzsch in Mexico has turned two Wa'apa hulls into a Hawaiian style double canoe.  You can sail aboard his canoes and share his adventures at his Active Nature tours.

13 comments:

  1. What do you think of using 5 beams/akas for what looks to be a 24' hull? Could he have gone for one or two or less?

    Nice job, however.

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  2. Two crossbeams are adequate but Gunnar is trying to duplicate the classic Hawaiian structure which he did very well. It also simplifies the decking support.

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  3. Yes Gary is right, I did not want to have to thick boards for the deck. Just the 4 feet section between the akas needs suport boards. Decking is made of pine 200mm by 20mm. At the moment I changed the mast for an bipodmast to lower the CE of the crabclaw sail.
    Thanks for the comment
    Gunnar

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  4. cool, rugged looking thing, is it decked or self bailing footwells or is it open?

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  5. Gary
    Very interesting Hawaiian adaptation. Do you think you could use 10 to 12 foot crossbeams and a planked deck( similar to Wharram's Tahiti Wayfairer) to make a catamaran?

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  6. The hulls are the open like in the Wa'apa plan, the only thing I did, I installed bulkheads under the seats to have dry storage and of course flotation in case of water coming in. It saved me so far once, on the first tour we ran on to an wooden stick and cracked and punctured the flor in front of the second seat. But it was only filling this area with water 3''.
    The beam is 8 foot to put it on the trailer without taking it apart and of course for the better look.

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  7. Great adaptation; love the over-all feel and look; great job!!

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  8. Gary, this was fantastic catamaran. I followed your blog and I identified a lot with your work. Very good to know that in the world there are people like you that make it possible to go against the tide dictated by media consumption. The Polynesian boats are the big key to get people to enjoy the sea. Congratulations
    I'm building a Wharram Tiki 26 catamaran's. You can see my bolg http://policat-marcosvela.blogspot.com
    Forgive my mistakes poie'm using Google translator.
    Good winds in your life!

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  9. wow this is such a spectacular setting for sailing, wish I was there right now

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  10. Hawaiian style double canoe, good innovation before you go for an adventure, you also made decking easier.

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  11. How much weight does this thing hold?

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  12. It will carry eight people in reasonably flat water. Less in choppier or bigger waves.

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  13. Beautiful canoe!

    Can you paddle on the inside of the hull (next to the pola)? Looks pretty tight in there.

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