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Update on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project – structure coming along nicely

Once again vacation (kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing at Cuttyhunk Island), our building project, and, alas, life have overtaken blogging. Well, Chine bLog is back. The good news is that the design and building project – the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe – is progressing well.

As you can see, the stringers are mostly on and [...]

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 [...]

Significant progress on skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project – the pieces are coming together

The skin-on-frame outrigger canoe has been coming together in the last week or so. The pieces I formed over the winter months were ready for the keel, which got all its rib mortises. With a first coat of linseed oil on, I began tying the major structural elements together. The arrival of spring is clearly [...]

Design details on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe

One of the aspects to designing and building my own boat is the noodling on very specific problems – how would X work, how do I need to construct Y, how big does Z need to be, etc. To think through these issues I have done some mini-lofting – full-sized drawings of pieces of the [...]