Design tweaks getting there on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe

It was thrilling to hear an inquiry from our friend Bob Holtzman over at Indigenous Boats on the status of the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project. Our last update showed off a completed ama frame, and, truthfully, for various reasons, there hasn’t been any building progress since then.

What I have done is go back to the drawing board to make a few design adjustments based on earlier feedback. I nudged the ama forward and adjusted the internal layout a bit accordingly. I also adjusted the sheer and keel lines a bit to ease construction. The biggest difference, though, is that the split rig is gone in favor of a single lateen sail. I couldn’t make balance work right otherwise. I am eager to try the rig and I think it fits well – it gives it more of a Southwest Indian Ocean flavor (e.g., Madagascar).


Construction hasn’t changed much, but I have figured out a few more details.


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