Milestone reached on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe – outwales on!

Great news out of our little boatyard here at Chine bLog headquarters: the main hull – wa’a – of the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe now has outwales and thus shows her shape. There is still a little to do in the stern with the port outwale needing a little more coaxing to get into shape. The bow breasthook also is awaiting installation. With that and some touch-up, though, we are ready for ribs!

I set her up on the lawn to mock-up the finished boat. Obviously the iakos are placeholders (though this was not obvious to my wife, who tried to gently express concern that 5/8″ square spruce sticks would not be effective cross-members). Here she is, with non-iakos and an ama that didn’t want to be upright.

Skin-on-frame outrigger canoe mock setup

The current boatyard is in the background. That is PEACE OF THE PUZZLE under the tarp.

Skin-on-frame outrigger canoe mock-up end-on

3 Comments for “Milestone reached on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe – outwales on!”

Anna D. Shaw


I was with Lisa on the weight of the cross-pieces… Glad you explained! It all looks very delicate… How do you keep the kids from using it as a jungle gym?? Mum

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