Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hawaii

Canoe Surf Castles  from Shane McCann on Vimeo.
Hawaii; where the waves are long, the sun is warm and the tradewinds caress your body.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Festival of Pacific Arts at Guam






The Festival of Pacific Arts is going on in Guam right now.  Sailing canoes from many islands in Micronesia have sailed to Guam for this event.  Hundreds of miles in the open ocean with little or no shelter from the elements.  It's great to see this revival.
More photos here.  
Thanks to Matthew Mateo for the links and photos.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tarawa Overhaul and Repaint

My 15 year old 16' proa, Tarawa, is in the shop for an overhaul and paint.  It is in remarkable condition for having spent all of that time out in the weather.  The construction is strip planked NZ redwood with epoxy/glass inside and out.  It has a self bailing cockpit floor made from a foam sheet with glass both sides.  This was the prototype for what was to become the T2 design that I sell.  The T2 is two feet longer and has less extreme asymmetry.  I will make a new hiking seat that allows the sailor to get his or her weight farther aft.  Weight shift is an important part of getting one of these to cooperate with your intentions.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Proas Racing At Guam

 The group is called TASA, Traditions Affirming our Seafaring Ancestry. 
They're based on Guam and have built three sakman canoes.