Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ama Switch

Dennis Bullen on the Manukau Harbor in New Zealand recently built a new ama for his stretched Ulua to the design I'm using on the Va'a Motu.  It has a high volume, a low wave piercing bow and plenty of rocker aft.  It should throw less spray that the banana shaped amas.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Last Sailing Canoe of Mokil

Mokil is a Micronesian island near Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.  If you've got a big old tree in your backyard that you'd like to get rid of, this video will show you how to put it to good use.
I built a 30' power catamaran on Pohnpei back in the 70's and what I think of while I watched this video was the heat and humidity.  I also remember that with enough Micronesians, you can carry a 30' cat hull down a very steep slippery jungle trail to the water.