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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
500 Sails is an organization devoted to restoring the maritime traditions of the Marianas Islands. The above photo shows the prototype 26' proa being built in Derek Kelsall's shop here in New Zealand. Upon completion it and more building materials will be shipped to Saipan where many more will be built. The KSS building method produces light weight foam/fiberglass composite hulls without a female mold.
There is a Facebook page to follow their progress.
I built my own 45' version of this ancient design in Saipan back in 1983. I used C-flex to construct the fiberglass hull. It was designed to take six paddlers to train for OC6 competitions. The hull was unfortunately destroyed by a falling ironwood tree during a typhoon some years later.
If I could sail an outrigger like this girl, I'd be a happy man. The modeling of the canoes is very good and the water is a great advancement from previous films.
While the canoe bodies and platforms are modeled on Fijian canoes, the sailing rig of the smaller canoe was the tacking type instead of the shunting rigs used by Fijians. I guess we can call it "Oceanic Fusion".