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!



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