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.


PeteCress said...

Could Dennis comment on the LOA of his vaka and the fore-aft distance between iakos?

My Ulua is about 21' long and the distance between is 10'6" - which I find kind of long for convenience. i.e. a lot of spars and things are around 8', but 10'6" is awfully long to bridge. So I'm toying with the idea of moving them closer together if/when I make a new ama.

Den said...

Hi Pete. The canoe is 24ft long. Iako distance 2.400 c/c. The iako's have been strengthened and raised one inch above the hull.

Scott Dierikx said...

Nice ama. Is this from an actual design, or by eye? I'm thinking about doing similar for my 18' Ulua.

Any suggestions/advice?

Gary.Dierking said...

Scott, you can write me privately and I'll give you a link to download the plans for this larger ama.
gary.dierking (at)