Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ulua Safety Ama Crossbeam Design

Here is a design for the Ulua crossbeams that extends out
enough to strap on a safety ama.  It also curves up to keep
the safety ama above the wave tops.  Having the crossbeams
extending out on the non-ama side also allows you to have
a hiking seat on that side which improves performance when
the ama is to leeward.  Download the PDF here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Big Paraw

I've been a long time fan of the double outrigger Philippine paraw.
A project has begun in Palawan, to build a seventy two footer.  Follow
the building blog here: http://palawanparaw.wordpress.com/

It will be interesting to see how things scale up from the
spidery structure of the more common size of paraw.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tamanu for Sale

A partially built Tamanu is for sale in the North Island of New Zealand.  Contact me at:
gary.dierking (at) gmail.com and I will put you in contact with the builder.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Va'a Motu plans at last

After a long delay due to a different project, I've been going full steam ahead on the plan drawings and construction manual for the 20' (6M) Va'a Motu.
The plans are now finished and ready to ship out
I've taken a better approach this time including over 150 construction photos with accompanying explanations. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Canoes of the Marshall Islands

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor - Marshallese Canoes Today from Rachel Miller on Vimeo.

A fine one hour video about the importance of the canoe building tradition
in Marshallese society.  Marshallese canoes are among the very best designs
that exist in the Pacific.