Sunday, July 28, 2013

Buy This Book!

Few people are more qualified to write this book than Russell Brown.  If you want your epoxy glue joints, fillets, and sheathing to reach a professional level, these tips will help to get you there.  This E-book is a bargain at $5.99 and you can order it here:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jake in a Boat

Jakob Burbach has a very detailed blog of his Wa'apa building project.  Visit it here:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ulua getting Slammed

From Dennis Bullen on the Manukau Harbor in New Zealand:
"Found some photographs hiding in the waterproof camera. Here we are (the Cabin Boy and Der Kapitian) beating our way up the Manukau Harbour, its windy rough and a bit wild. After a while we saw three big ones with nasty white caps heading our way.These shots show the waka sliding down the back of the first wave, the second wave hitting. We had plenty of good wind and speed up, the wave crashed over, the ama just disappeared then the canoe; we flew out and slammed down then slipped over the next one and sailed on. The perfect day."

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Maui Ulua

William Manual in Maui is almost ready for a test sail in his new Ulua.  William added some extra curvasiousness to the iako along with a safety ama.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Perfect Foils

Proper foil shapes will have a strong influence on the performance of your sailing canoe.  It is especially evident when you decide to test your speed against a class racer with an experienced sailor driving.  Craig Walsh, one of my Ulua builders in Canada, shows a way to get that perfect shape:

"Attached are the pictures of the router jig for making foils that I recently mentioned.  In my experience as a woodworking teacher, there are people who prefer not to make jigs, feeling that any time spent not directly working on a project is wasted. I'm of the other camp; if I can break roughly even on the labour I prefer to make a jig. It's all gravy after that."
This router jig makes a NACA 0009 foil with a two point contact router base.
Router base
Setup ready to go
First side of foil with uncut strips to hold the blank level for cutting the other side.
Second side cut.