Sunday, August 25, 2013

Va'a iti


Some very elegant and seaworthy looking canoes (va'a) being built in Tahiti.
More on the Facebook page.
 

3 comments:

Tom the rower said...

what kind of mast and sail is that? Seems to furl around the mast, and yet has a boom, so not a hobie mast and sail. Also, the amas seem robust. Wonder how they are made.

Anonymous said...

From looking at the facebook page he has a 'construction series of photos' and the amas look like they are foam board laminated on a center plywood piece..

Alexandre Genton said...

Hello people!
I'm the builder of this Va'a Motu,she was build for Le Méridien Bora Bora, here's few answers to yours questions :
Carbon fiber mast and boom from windsurf but reinforced with carbon fiber, custom made sail (8.5 m²)with luff sock, custom furling system fitted on balls bearing, the ama (260 liters) is eps foam with 9mm plywood stringer, sheated with 2x 400g/m² bi-axial fiberglass to add weight(for stability) and stiffness.
You can find it on www.monboovaa.com, and send yours questions at alexcomposites@gmail.com
And please, forgive my terrible english :-)