Friday, July 25, 2014

Manihi Tacking Outrigger 1954


When David Nelson's father, John M. Nelson, sailed around the world as a crew member on the brigantine Yankee in 1954, he had the chance to see and sail different types of outrigger canoes.  He was so impressed with the performance of this one from the island of Manihi in the Tuomotus that he measured it up with the intent of someday building one.  It wasn't built but his son David might just do it. (I'm trying to convince him)



The hull is a simple flat bottom and was reported to be quite light.  With a lusty crew, it should go like a rocket.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

theres a very similar set of iplans‘ available free from FAO with lines taken from I think a Tahitian racing outrigger, check the FAO links on tackingoutriggers.com if interested.