Thursday, 31 December 2020

Extending the Wa'apa Sailing Canoe to 21 Feet

Last winter I built a 5 foot centre section for my sailing canoe. This is a great two  person option. . I use the two 55 foot Solway Dory sails with this setup, adding a nice bit of extra power that she can easily handle. 

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Adding a Mizzen sail to my Outrigger Sailing Canoe

 One of the first modifications I did was to add a mizzen sail to my 16 foot Wa'apa outrigger sailing canoe. Again I bought this sail from Solway Dory. It is a 35 foot bermudan sail, giving a total sail area of this setup to 90 feet. 

I really like having the mizzen sail as it helps to balance the helm and also adds to the performance. This small clip was taken when sailing from Teignmouth back to Exmouth. Both sails are easily reefable by wrapping the sail round the mast.

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Wa'apa Outrigger Sailing Canoe

 I haven't posted for a while so thought it was about time I gave an update. 

After much though, a couple of years ago I decided to build a Gary Dierking Wa'apa sailing canoe. I built it using Gary's excellent book Outrigger Sailing Canoes. Initially I built the 16 foot version. The sail is the fantastic Solway Dory 55 foot Bermudan rig:

I built the full sized amas and they do look a little long with the 16 foot configuration, however they perform very well and dampen any hobby horsing effects that can occur in shorter double ender canoes.

Since this initial build I have done a number of modifications including adding additional sails, and building a removable 5 foot centre section for better two person sailing. I'll add some more updates and some videos soon, but suffice to say I am very pleased with my car top sailing canoe!