Friday, July 29, 2016


We've been in Fiji for 10 days now.  Pulled the canoe out of its storage place under a house, cleaned it up, assembled it and sailed away to where we stay with friends.  The wind has been a relentless 25 knots since we've arrived and since it's July I don't expect it to change.  It has been a good workout and test of the cambered junk rig.  It's quickly reefable to any amount of sail area and the Hong Kong parrels I added this time have improved the sail shape in strong winds.
Because of my constant curiosity about alternate sail rigs, I intend to try something different again for the next trip.  I'll bring a standard balanced lug rig which is similar to the junk but without the battens.  The polytarp I used for the junk rig is nearing the end of its life so I would have to replace it in any case.
So far my wife Rose has caught a Spanish mackerel and a trevalley from the canoe; each of which fed four.
A little over a week to go and then it's back to the NZ winter and fires every night.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hawaiians Have More Fun

 They are having waaay too much fun. 

The new ama for Tarawa is just about finished.  The six struts are epoxied deep inside and two coats of paint have been applied.  I've decided to take Russ Brown's advice and skip the undercoat.   Undercoats don't flow out so you either have to spray them on or end up sanding most of them away to smooth them.  In this country West epoxy is half the price per liter of a good undercoat, so it's more economical to keep applying resin until you have a fair and smooth surface.  Looks good too.

My wife and I are off to Fiji for the next three weeks.  We will see how well our Tamanu survived the massive hurricane they had there a few months ago.  Hopefully we'll snag some big fish outside the reef too.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Opelu

The photo above is of a model of the Opelu Hawaiian canoe featured in Tommy Holmes' book The Hawaiian Canoe.  The model was built by Tevita Kunato who is now carving a 19 footer from an albezia log in Hawaii.  Follow his progress here and here.