Friday, January 24, 2020

Te Wa 2020

For my 9 meter shunting proa's twenty first birthday, I built it a new trolley to run up and down the rails.  The old ancient trolley turned to rust.  The new one is wood so will require some ballast to keep it on the rails when the canoe floats off.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Rilo Valdez

Rilo Valdez recently launched his Wa'apa equipped with a bigger section ama useful for carrying extra weight on the beams on a sleeping platform or trampoline. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Fiji Sail Training For Youth

Sail training for youth in Fiji with the shunting version of the Tamanu canoe.  This is being done at Vuda Marina near Nadi and is sponsored by the US embassy there.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

T2 In Brazil

Pedro Henrique's T2 in Brazil tasting the sea for the first time.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Modern Tahiti Outrigger

Photo by Julien Girardot

Friday, November 29, 2019

Ulua Sold

The new owners of my personal Ulua out for some practice at Taipa, New Zealand.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Camakau Training

You can watch the training video to prepare the 68 teams participating in the Eco Challenge event held in Fiji.

Friday, November 15, 2019


Flashback 15 years or so.  Harmen Hielkema testing my 16' Tarawa with a Gibbons shunting rig.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Va'a Motu by Denis Gallant

Side rudder supports and aft crossbeam wae.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Glass It

Gabriel Kelly's Ulua with its fiberglass sheathing applied.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


You can get a ride on this 50' Fijian drua which is now based at Vuda Marina just a short distance from the airport at Nadi, Fiji

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Visiting a Polynesian double canoe I built in 2003. This is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook arriving at Mercury Bay, New Zealand where he observed the transit of Mercury as it passed in front of the sun. Also in attendance were three much bigger eighty foot double canoes, A replica of Cook's Endeavour and two other square riggers.

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.