It was time to give the Va'a Motu a little sun.  I'd have liked to roll it into the water but the ama still has to be fiberglassed.  There will be hiking seats on both sides when I get them made.  I also need to make the hull seats but am working on ideas to make them easily removable.


  1. Very nice Gary. I have been watching this build with keen interest. Any idea when drawings will be available?

  2. This is a beautiful boat. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of it underway.

  3. Very nice and distinct looking canoe. I'll be curious to see it with the rig. In the drawings you had a type of junkrig. Is that still in the plans?

    What is the weight of the canoe?

  4. I expect the drawings could be available after Christmas.
    The rig is not a junk because the mast will be at the leading edge of the sail. I will however use junk style sheeting to control twist in the large fat head area. This sheeting method also makes reefing quicker like the junk rig.

  5. Nice post. There are many spots where people like to spend the quality vacation on the yacht such as France and when people look for the quieter place in the south area, they can choose Sydney for their precious yacht holidays.

    Learn to sail Sydney

  6. Wow. Swoon. Love it. I'll echo E.Miles-- weight estimate?

  7. Gary, the moment I saw your very attractive, probably very powerful sailing new design abuilding I thought of a boat of which I became very fond during my three and a half years on Okinawa with the US military back in the early 1970's, the sabani.

    Reference URL, below, for a nice museum example, a one- or two-man sabani, a little on the small side compared to many of those in my day on Okinawa and out in the Ryukyu Archipelago:

    Motorized with little one-cylinder diesel engines and launched off the beach, they were still the main working inshore fishing boat of the Ryukyu in the seventies, some of them up in the 7 or 8 meter LOA range (23 to 26 feet) and carrying a larger crew for fishing and inter-island transport, but today they're almost gone, except in the museums and for show.

    There was a great deal of Pacific Islands influence in the old Ryukyu culture, which was a mellow melding of Pacific, Southeast Asian and continental influence, the latter from China and Korea, before the Satsuma clan of southwestern Japan invaded and seized control of the kingdom in 1609.

    On the technical side, the moment I saw that tucked up stern I thought, clean exit, quicker tacking, better reserve buoyancy in a following sea. Nice. Isn't the low prow better fitted, though, to lagoon sailing?

    Rick Hayhoe

  8. The low wave piercing bow would appear to be wet in choppy conditions, but that big stern overhang creates sort of a counterweight and the hull sails with the bow higher than I'm used to. It's still calm and cold here so I haven't had it out in rough conditions. Still too soon to come to any conclusions. It'll be interesting.

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