Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Baltimore Wa'apa


From Robert Kearney:
Finally splashed the Wa 'Apa that I've been working on for a while now. Shouldn't have taken as long as it did but life has a way of getting in the way of the fun stuff. It also took me a while to think/experiment through some of the stuff I hadn't done before like working with fiberglass and epoxy. I just went with glass on the bottom of the vaka and ama. One of the things that I had to think through was how to assemble the plywood ama. Once I realized that I could pre-assemble the two top pieces and one bottom piece together, adding the final bottom piece became as easy as putting the lid on a box. I have a few photos of that. At any rate, I wanted to sail it at least once before the water get's too cold here in Maryland. It sails great! Thanks for a well thought out design.
The rig is a 47 sq. ft. lug sail that I used on my plastic canoe. It's in a temporary step. A bit under-canvassed but good for now.  The leeboard mount is temporary (attaches to a clamp on seat) for now.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ulua Wins!

From Larry Haff:
 Just to let you know, I entered my Ulua (Nai'A) for judging in a big boat gathering here, the Mid-Atlantic Small Boat Festival in St. Michaels, Maryland.  There were about 200 boats judged, about evenly divided between traditional and contemporary categories.  My Ulua won best of show in the contemporary class.  I was rather shocked since my boat building skills are rather rudimentary.  I use wood strip construction for the ama and made the safety ama from an old fishing rod case. The sail was made for me by Douglas Fowler of Ithaca, New York.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Scot Copeland, Teacher


Hi Gary, here’s a couple boats that I’d built with students. The two-man was carved out at 1” -1’ scale and mylar was used to trace off the S&G panel shapes. That technique worked surprisingly well, with just a little adjusting on the final wire-up. I thought you’d like looking at the ama designs - the second of which you can see your influence!
The two-man ama is local WR cedar, but the kids and I hollowed it out with gouges so it’s was fairly successful. The one-man’s ama is cheap 3/4” Home Depot pine that I stacked cake fashion. Defects were located so that we could place them on the inner layers. My students did a little math and the interior “slices” were gutted with a saber saw - so it’s hollow in a stacked-cake fashion.