Monday, September 30, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019


The first day of spring in NZ with the sun heading south over the equator.  My 20 year old Tarawa is lashed up and ready to go again.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ulua 27 for Sale

27' stretched Ulua for sale in the SF Bay area.  This three year old canoe comes fully decked with spray skirts for rough weather.  Contact Chris Goeltner: goeltner at

Friday, September 6, 2019

Fiji Eco Challenge

Rigging 69 shunting Tamanu canoes for the start of the Eco Challenge.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Mike Baker

Mike Baker's 26.5' stretched Ulua ready for action.  Strip planked with Alaskan yellow cedar.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


 Just returned home from a few weeks in Fiji. Got some sailing in with my 10 year old Tamanu and caught some nice fish. We Also visited the factory building 100 Tamanus of which 70 will be used in the Eco Challenge in early September. Watch for it on Amazon Prime with Bear Grylls next year. After that event they will be used to train sailors and eventually be distributed around Fiji's hundreds of islands.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mix and Match Ulua

Gary Gunder has completed a 24' (8.1M) stretched Ulua double outrigger matched with Va'a Motu amas and rudder, and a Wa'apa rig.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Steering Paddle Versus Paddling Paddle

If you intend to steer your outrigger sailing canoe with a paddle, note that you will have the best success with a much larger paddle.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Karl Caswell

Karl Caswell in British Columbia, Canada is building a 150% T2.  That works out to about twenty seven feet (8.1M).  It's not just a stretch as several builders have done but 150% in all three dimensions.  It weighs about 100 pounds at this stage.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Paul Klein

 Paul Klein from the Russian Federation made this 3D model of the Ulua.
The model was created with Solidworks.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fiji Fleet

Colin Philp and his workers of the Uto ni Yalo trust  in Fiji have built a trial 
shunting version of my Tamanu design. 

The ultimate goal is to build 100 canoes.

These traditional sailing canoes are destined for fishing communities, ecotourism livelihoods as well as to share their seafaring culture with children through a structured learning program.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Klaus Brauer In The Forest

Klaus Brauer is building a shunting Marshall Islands style canoe the hard way by shaping it out of a log on San Juan Island.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Gone Fishing

Andy Wong with his first catch onboard his double outrigger Tamanu.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Kitchen Built Ulua Ready To Launch

 Brad Mandell's Ulua ready for launch.  

Brad built the hull in his kitchen workshop.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Paraws gathering in Iloilo City, Philippines to race.  Photos from Howie Severino's Facebook page.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wa'apa 16

Dan Taylor sailing his Wa'apa in Washington state.  He also sent me a photo
 shown below that he took in Riatea, French Polynesia in 1965.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Tahiti 1935

Sprit rigs and gaff rigs have been popular in French Polynesia since European contact.

 Steering paddles were extremely large, possibly due to the long overhanging booms.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tim Mann's 24' proa

Check out Coconut; Tim Mann's new 24-foot sailing fishing proa. She's in his boatshop in Honokaa on the Big Island of Hawaii, about 75% complete now.