Saturday, September 20, 2014

Niue


 I guess this photo answers the question about what you really need to catch a fish like this.  Niue is a small island in the South Pacific where there are almost no beaches and the sea bottom slopes down very steeply.  This means the big fish, and whales too, swim by closely and you don't have to paddle far to catch one.  This photo was taken by the late Glenn Jowitt in 1982.


When Captain Cook arrived in 1774, he was chased off 
and later named the place Savage Island.


The canoes or vaka are small and lightly built so that they can be carried down steep cliffs to be launched.  They are well suited for paddling in strong winds with their low ends to maintain better control.  The hulls are dugout and can be as thin as 1/4" (6mm) thick.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

T2 Splash

Andrew Bennett recently launched his T2.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Bionic Broomstick

Skip Johnson has been working at the bleeding edge of experimental, backyard proa design and construction.  Skip's 14' Bionic Broomstick sailed successfully recently in Texas.

The photo shows the proa tipped on it's side with the ama in the air.  The rigid wing sail is lying on the grass.  Since proas sail in either direction, there is a cassette rudder at each end.
Skip is not exactly new to this sort of thing having built a larger proa some years ago.
Here's a great video about Skip and the kayaks he's designed and built.