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Unbelievably amazing traditional boat resource from Italy

Big hat-tip here to our friend Carl Cramer, publisher of Wooden Boat and author of its My Wooden Boat of the Week blog – his entry today, drawings of Indonesian outrigger canoes, was great in-and-of itself. Carl was, though, good enough to provide the source site, a resource from Italy which can be roughly (per [...]

Under sail again! Further tuning the sailing rig on AL DEMANY CHIMAN

It took longer than I had hoped to rebuild the lateen yard so that I could get my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN under sail again. Recently, though, I finally completed that task and yesterday morning life and the weather gave me an opening to get “the sail canoe” under sail for the second [...]

Catching up on readings past – Tim Severin’s “The Sinbad Voyage”

I have had some time to sift through the back catalog here at Chine bLog headquarters and noted that I never covered a few key books I read in the last couple years. In particular, after knocking off Tim Severin‘s The China Voyage and then his The Brendan Voyage, I moved on to his some [...]

Sailing rig details for the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN

As I work away on refinements to the sailing rig for my skin-on-frame outrigger sailing canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN, I wanted to show off a few more details of the rig as it is. I posted a variant of this view before, but I think this is a better picture. It gives a sense [...]

Skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN fully rigged

She’s all ready for show…

Progress on the sailing rig for the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe, AL DEMANY CHIMAN

So much for being more active with Chine bLog this year… but again, my absence often means there is interesting content. I have, indeed, delved into the sailing rig for my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe, AL DEMANY CHIMAN, and have made good progress in recent weeks after stalling for a while. A tour of recent work, [...]

Quick update from the wooden boats of Chine bLog

Spring is springing here in metro-Washington, DC and the waters will soon be calling the fleet to them. I have been focused on the sailing rig for AL DEMANY CHIMAN, the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe. I gave a hint of this in a prior post. Since then, the sail arrived (yeah!) and it looks great. Its [...]

Update on AL DEMANY CHIMAN – sail plan and leeboard

For those of you that have been following the progress of my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe, AL DEMANY CHIMAN, I thought I’d provide an update. I have gotten a sail-plan more or less in place, working with Todd Bradshaw of “Canoe Rig” fame.

I have added a boom from the original conception. It is now [...]

Video: modern dhow racing in Dubai

I had not been aware that in the Persian Gulf region they sail modern racing dhows. Imagine a sandbagger crossed with a traditional lateen rig crossed with modern construction and rigging. These look fun fun fun! Fusion of Tradition-y too.

Thanks to WoodenBoat‘s My Wooden Boat of the Week blog for the link and [...]

More lateen sailing craft – exclusive pics from the Maldives

We cross the Indian Ocean from the last post to the Maldives. By sister, Rebecca Shaw Kelly, was able to grab a couple nice pictures of local boats for me. Behold our “exclusive”, here at Chine bLog.

She got this one especially for me, diverting the dive boat accordingly. Awesome boat, awesome picture.