Monday, April 17, 2017

Tropical Ulua

Chad Lerma's newly launched Ulua with family on board.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Another Ulua in Brazil

Tom Raiss on board his stretched Ulua in Brazil.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Proa 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 the last decade and a bit more.
Outrigger sailing waka ITI (or Micronesian type flying proa) was originally built to be used as a fishing waka, and go trolling under sail on the Tutukaka coast, were he was built. 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 (deck house) was built to provide shelter and a lock-up place for gear.
Now, with older age and bad health starting to show in wear and tare of  joints, I need a waka  with a deck that I can stagger about on, if not a small monohull that does not require much moving about on deck.
ITI has a narrow and slightly sunken deck, which was intended to prevent the imagined fish caught along the Tutukaka coast from falling overboard, but which does restrict movement from end to end when shunting. There is the possibility in lifting the tack traveler to a height that will provide support from falling overboard and thus remedy this restriction, and at the same time it would be worthwhile to change the rig so that the mast does not need to be raked while shunting, which is what is needed now.  ITI, has a running stays system that allows the crabclaw sail to be carried over the sheets when shunting single handed and a fixed mast would eliminate this complication, as well as  allowing a bigger sail to be carried, but this would be a dipping lugsail rather than the Oceanic Lateen and would have some cost in outlay and labour, which in my case would be better spent on the 30ft Pahi proa that I am busy building. ITI is in need of some maintenance and would be better off in frequent use with an owner who has the time for this, as well as doing harbour and coastal sailing around Whangarei and the Northland east coast.
Any  enthusiast  willing to take him over at  price near $2000 NZ  may contact me via email at
Selling price mentioned above includes a 2hp Yamaha OB motor, although a set of female mould infibreglass, for the waka and the ama, are on offer as well, but at an adjustment to the abovementioned price.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Build a Paraw

I was very pleased to see construction plans available for a 20' (6M) Philippine paraw.   Visit Lorenzo Acompanado II's website to view or order his plans.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Canoe Racks

In Tahiti and the surrounding islands, the tidal range is very small, only about a foot and always at noon and midnight.  This makes it very convenient to store your outrigger on a platform just above the high tide level.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

500 Sails

500 Sails is an organization devoted to restoring the maritime traditions of the Marianas Islands.  The above photo shows the prototype 26' proa being built in Derek Kelsall's shop here in New Zealand.  Upon completion it and more building materials will be shipped to Saipan where many more will be built.  The KSS building method produces light weight foam/fiberglass composite hulls without a female mold. 
There is a Facebook page to follow their progress.

I built my own 45' version of this ancient design in Saipan back in 1983.  I used C-flex to construct the fiberglass hull.  It was designed to take six paddlers to train for OC6 competitions.  The hull was unfortunately destroyed by a falling ironwood tree during a typhoon some years later.

Friday, January 27, 2017


Janusz Ostrowski, a long time proa designer and sailor from Poland, has a new proa design in production.  Molded in ABS plastic, it is even recyclable. 
More info at:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


 If I could sail an outrigger like this girl, I'd be a happy man.  The modeling of the canoes is very good and the water is a great advancement from previous films.
While the canoe bodies and platforms are modeled on Fijian canoes, the sailing rig of the smaller canoe was the tacking type instead of the shunting rigs used by Fijians.  I guess we can call it "Oceanic Fusion".

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I spotted this Harry Proa moored at Taipa on a recent camping trip to Northland, New Zealand.

Saturday, January 7, 2017