Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tangaroa Class Still Going Strong

I crewed in a race on one of these in Rarotonga about ten years ago 
and I'm glad to see that they're still active.  Read the race results here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Outrigger Sailing Adventure Okinawa

Tom Burkard built his stretched Ulua five years ago and has given it hundreds of hours of sea time.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

How Tough Are Strip Composite Canoes?

This may be painful to watch but destruction testing is the ultimate answer to the question of how tough some fragile strips of cedar and fiberglass can be.  He did it so now you don't have to.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wa'apa in Brazil

 Daniel Eggert Barros from Itapema, a city in the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil built his Wa'apa from material contained in my book:  Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017


A canoe built in Tikopia, an island in the midst of Melanesia with a Polynesian population.  Note the sailing rig stowed on the crossbeams.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Le Ta Va'a

John Misky and friends in New Zealand are building a Samoan style sailing canoe.  He sawed, planed and sanded  a big block of foam to the shape he wanted and then took the sectional shapes off of it to make ply molds for strip planking.  Follow progress at his Facebook page.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Shunting Basics

If you've got a shunter, read this manual by Janusz Ostrowski.

Monday, May 29, 2017

In The Rough

These double outriggers don't seem to mind a rough day in the tradewinds.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wa'apa in Wellington

Marc Dutilloy's new double outrigger Wa'apa ready to launch in Wellington, NZ.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Island of Socotra

Denis Romanov built his junk rigged double outrigger on the island of Socotra, 380 km off the coast of Yemen.  Few suitable materials were available there but he created a practical and capable sailing canoe.

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.