Ulua Plans
18' Hawaiian
Style Outrigger


Va'a Motu Plans
20' Tahitian Style
Outrigger

Tamanu Plans
20' tacking outrigger

T2 Plans
18' Micronesian
proa

Wa'apa Plans
Three piece outrigger canoe

Ulua

Te Wa
31' proa

Tarawa
16' proa

Toroa
6.5 meter proa

Waan Aelon Kein
A 52' Marshallese
proa

Amas

Outboard Motors

Reading List

My Boatography

Outrigger  Blog

Links

Yahoo proa_file

A Proa Primer

Duckworks 

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"




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Gary Dierking