Ulua Plans
18' Hawaiian
Style Outrigger

Va'a Motu Plans
20' Tahitian Style

Tamanu Plans
20' tacking outrigger

T2 Plans
18' Micronesian

Wa'apa Plans
Three piece outrigger canoe


Te Wa
31' proa

16' proa

6.5 meter proa

Waan Aelon Kein
A 52' Marshallese


Outboard Motors

Reading List

My Boatography

Outrigger  Blog


Yahoo proa_file

A Proa Primer


Tim Anderson's Adventures

Solway Dory

Outrigger T-shirts


Of all the types of multihull sailing craft that I've been involved in, the outrigger canoe still holds the greatest fascination for me.  While catamarans and trimarans are now common in ocean racing, cruising, and charter fleets, the characteristics of the sailing outrigger canoe are still unknown to most sailors.

While hull  and outrigger float (ama) shape  come in a wide variety, outrigger sailing rigs are divided into two types; those that tack and those that shunt.  Tacking rigs are similar to those seen in most parts of the world, but shunting rigs change tack by reversing the sail from one end of the hull to the other.  The former bow becomes the stern and vice versa.
  The Micronesian shunting proas always sail with the outrigger on the windward side.  There are many variations throughout the Pacific, but the most arresting feature of a shunting proa is the asymmetric hull used in some parts of Micronesia.  Video from the Marshall Islands.
Polynesians sail both tacking and shunting types.  The Ulua is an example of a tacking outrigger.

For all the latest news about what I'm doing  see my Outrigger Sailing Canoes  blog.

My book  "Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes" has now been published by International Marine / McGraw-Hill.  Plans for  three designs are included in the book along with a table of offsets to produce your own mold patterns.  Full scale pattern sets can still be ordered from this website.
"Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes" is available in the USA at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Waldenbooks.
In New Zealand it is available at Boatbooks, and  can be ordered from Whitcoull's.
In Australia it is available at Angus & Robertson's.


Wa' apa & Tamanu are also featured in Joe Farinaccio's new book, "Small Trimarans: An Introduction"

Kits and finished sails

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Questions and Comments are Welcome

Gary Dierking