Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The lakes around here are frozen over. It happened just a few days ago. We're expecting eight inches of snow tonight. Time to take out the skates and cross country skis.

In the meantime I'll post more on my other canoe waka and ama projects. I will also keep a photo log of building a long, insulated epoxy curing box along one wall in my garage. I hope to heat the interior to 30 or 40 C.

It's time to put together sailing rigs. I plan to start with a relatively small, Oceanic Lateen shunting rig, no more than 100 square feet, something light weight and easy to learn on.

I plan to cut the sails out of heavy duty poly tarp and then engage a local small business that sews tarpaulins and awnings to hem the edges.

I'm also pretty keen about wing sails and have printed out a dozen or so U.S. patent documents on them.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


(click on images to enlarge)

I finally launched my first proa at the south end of Cannon Lake.


The two wheeled dolly, shown above, worked perfectly, even through soft beach sand. The wae ends fit into forks in the top of the dolly cradle.

I used the same bungees to lash him together that I used to secure him on my roof rack, seen in the background. (Proas are male)

The bungee cord lashings are FAST, EASY, SECURE and CONVENIENT.

Everything worked according to my clear and definite vision. Cheers to Napoleon Hill!

The water was crystal clear and cold. There was no one else on the lake. Storm clouds were blowing in from the North. It was near freezing, and getting dark.

I elected not to perform a capsize drill.

He was a beautiful sight to behold .

He tracked nicely, owing to his deep vee hull, and was very stable.

The wedge shaped wae extensions worked beautifully, providing eye screw anchors for the bungee lashings, and elevating the akas above the water line.


He goes fast with very little drag or resistance.

I can sit anywhere along the outrigger bench without submerging the bows, yet I can see how I can steer him by shifting my weight fore and aft.

I can lie down comfortably on the waka, between the akas.

The fore and aft outrigger spars interfered with paddling, but I can leave them off or move them out of the way.

The the ama lashing system developed by Gary Dierking worked BRILLIANTLY with the mooring cleats I mounted on the akas, shown above. In this case, I used 3/16 inch polyester cord, not bungees.

I was able to sail along at a fair clip with just the wind resistance of my body.

I could used multiple corners on the outrigger grid for fulcrums, for sculling along with my double bladed paddle.


and now some preview images of my waka building saga . . .


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