The first true look – fitting together the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe

It was a nice day, I had the whole morning, and, frankly, it was time. Today I put the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe together for the first time: wa’a, iakos, and ama – the whole shebang.

Skin-on-frame outrigger canoe put together

My assessment is that things fit pretty well, though I need to sand down the pegs at the end of the iakos. Frankly it is wild to see it come this far. I walked around it a bunch, reviewing it from all angles, but I confess it was more being stuck in awe than doing any true analysis.

You can see that the center section floorboards are now in (the darker one has oil on it) as is the center thwart. The aft floorboards started going in this morning and I finished the flotation.

Skin-on-frame outrigger canoe - floorboards

Skin-on-frame outrigger canoe - put together

2 Comments for “The first true look – fitting together the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe”

Ralph

says:

Hi Tim, I forgot to ask a couple of questions when we spoke earlier. Mostly, I wondered what the significance of the boat’s name was.

Also, as I sugested to Lisa when she visited, I think that in keeping with the Polynesian tradition, you should include at least one photo of you wearing a sarong while paddling.

Regards,

Ralph

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