This is a 16 foot long outrigger sailing canoe. The shape is inspired by Marshallese sailing canoes. The internal structure of the hull is inspired by Inuit Kayaks and Umiaks.
This chapter is followed by:Chapter 2: Make RibsChapter 3: Lash the frameChapter 4: Carve Outrigger and Break ToolsChapter 5: Hull Frame FinishingChapter 6: Morton's OarChapter 7: Sew a Skin over the Hull Skeleton and Seal itChapter 8: Keel and Rub StripsChapter 9: DipaakakChapter 10: Independent SuspensionChapter X: Maiden VoyageThe design goals:
Light enough for one person to lift without getting hurt. That means 70lbs for men and 100lbs for women (they don't get hernias as easily). If it goes overweight Star
will have to lift it.
Big enough to carry two people plus a few days of food and water.
Seaworthy enough to launch and land in minor surf.
Easy to paddle and possible to sail.
Easy to carry on top of a small car.
Quick and easy to carry from the car to the water, and possibly to portage.
Quick and easy to set up and launch.
Seen here with temporary jigs setting the shape of the keel.
Thanks to Star
for much collaboration.
Thanks to Roland Chen for much advice about local conditions.
Thanks to Don Montague and Stephanie Simpson for hospitality and encouragement!
Please support the WAM canoe project
as they preserve and foster canoe knowledge in the Marshall Islands.