The Snake

 The first side panel ready to go on the forward cross beam ("kiato" in Tahitian).  I'll be interested to see how much spring-back I get tomorrow when I release it from the blocking.  I planed several feet of each end into a taper so it will be tapered in both dimensions.  Saves weight and looks more elegant.
Two coats of undercoat inside the hull after much sanding and filling. When I built the canoes in Fiji I used almost no sandpaper and didn't have a sander.  I just smoothed everything with a block plane and I must have saved dozens of hours of labor.


  1. Looks great,what will the overall beam be? really enjoy seeing the process, thanks

  2. Praise the sandpaperless days! Does that 13'8 beam include the akas stricking out over the other side?

  3. The 13'6" (corrected dimension) is the length of the kiatos. The centerline to centerline spacing of the hulls is 8'.


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