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.


4 comments:

Wade Tarzia said...

When my girlfriend Joan was in Ghana, I told her to take any photos of boats she came across. Deep inland in a crater lake, she found this ultimately crude little boats sitting on top of posts in the water. These boats were actually just squared-off logs with the ends formed by a single diagonal-upward saw cut. As far as I could tell they were about 54 inches wide. They were paddled near the shore to check nets for small fish -- paddled by little boys' hands or pieces of wood held in their hands. The boys seemed to have been living in near slave-like economic conditions. The log boats had almost zero freeboard so it was critical to get them on the posts for some drying between uses. I would post a photo here but evidently I cannot.

Wade Tarzia said...

Oops, that "54 inches wide" should have been "14 inches wide."

Jonathan Van Vuren said...

This is great, I was thinking of doing something similar out of PVC with the T (or rather middle bar of the H in my case) section being overlapped with a larger pipe to get roller. Any thoughts on a drain plug in the bottom of the Ulua hull? I currently store it upside down and under cover, but that limits its use. Typically with toddlers I have an hour, maybe 2 to get out on a whim currently. Having it poised just above the water all ready to go would be pretty cool!

Gary.Dierking said...

Actually I wish I had drain plugs in all of my hulls. Saves a lot of work after a heavy rain.