Photos, drawings, and descriptions of outrigger canoes around the world. http://gary.dierking.net
I love the girl on the ama, a real polynesian vahine
I am left thinking that the boat would have been so much better as a trimaran, and then she wouldn't have needed to climb way out there. The leeward ama would have righted the boat.
gr8 video. the girl looks like she was having a super time. if it were an old va'a, the ama would be a lot heavier, (solid wood, not foam/epoxy) and there would not be any requirement for a daggerboard. the old ones used either the crab-claw sail, or, the tall half-claw sail that is more-commonly depicted. the lower-aspect crab claw sail is better, but it seems the taller type was more often depicted in european drawings. (i have one, it is smaller than theirs. i use the low-aspect crabclaw sail, because it takes more wind, safely, and everything about the rigging and ama, was done as the old ones were made. my ama is solid wood, and i do not use a daggerboard. it is steered with a paddle.) the reason why they used only one ama, makes it easier to store the boat on shore, (and to put upside-down to keep rainwater and debris out) and transport. they did have va'a with two ama, but they were rare, because it is a bit cumbersome. not many european accounts of them. they also have rigged them with square sail, and with the gaff-rig as you seen here, and a spritsail...but those types were probably from european introduction.
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