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.


The Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association is preparing for another season of racing.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

150% T2

Not just a stretch.  Karl Caswell has scaled up a T2 150% in all three dimensions to 8.1M (27').