Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Te Rangi Hiroa

 Just returned from a two and a half week road trip to the bottom of New Zealand,
  We towed the teardrop camping trailer the whole way, sleeping inside and cooking
 from the galley under the aft hatch.

On the way back I made a pilgrimage to Te Rangi Hiroa's (Sir Peter Buck's) grave.  The crypt containing his and his wife's ashes is under a 16' high concrete sculpture of a traditional canoe prow.  
He survived being a medical doctor on the battlefields of WWI, worked in public health back in NZ, traveled extensively though the islands of the South Pacific cataloging their material culture, and eventually became the head of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Of course his records of the canoes existing at that time and his book Vikings of the Sunrise are the most interesting to me.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

ITI For Sale





ITI for sale

New Zealand proa sailors may be interested in  ITI, a prototype 23 ft shunter that  has lived in the Whangarei harbor for about 12 years.
Originally built to be used as a fishing waka, and go trolling under sail on the Tutukaka coast, but changing circumstances and the owners relocation brought about a change in those plans……moving from the coast to the upper reaches of the Whangarei harbor made getting out to sea much more difficult. So in order to spend the odd night aboard, a whare was built to provide shelter and a lock-up place for gear.
Now, with older age starting to show in wear and tare of  joints,I need a waka better suited to this condition, so am building a 30 footer.
ITI is in need of some maintenance but is still able to do coastal sailing this summer if an enthusiast is willing to take him over at a fair price…..offers near $3000 NZ make sense to me.

Modeled on the Micronesian type proa, there are innovations to the running rigging system which allow ITI to be sailed single handed.
The picture shows my paddleboard being carried between the hulls, although a board or two can be lashed on the lee side beams to function as a safety ama and prevent heeling beyond recovery point.
Sail area is not big in the professionally made North Sails Crab claw sail, but this rig can handle winds up to 30 knts…. A bigger sail with reef point would improve performance, if fun sailing rather than fishing was the object.

Interested parties can e mail me, Jeremy, at southernoutriggers@xtra.co.nz


Monday, February 1, 2016

Almost Ready


Ernesto Cassol is almost ready to launch his Ulua made from Brazilian timbers.