A blog about building a Melanesia outrigger sailing canoe drawn by James Wharram and Hanneke Boon inspired by the sea-people of ancient Polynesia.
Yesterday, in just a few hours I finish coated the last of the seams inside, the used this same batch to pre-coat the Senate's mating surfaces before screwing these into position.
Due to the unbearable summer heat at my previous building site I transferred my part-completed hull to an undercover location. There, at my old home address close by the sea, and where I go two days a week to look after my ageing mother, I have shelter, more time and fewer distractions; all good to progress the build.
Also I have procured an ideal outrigger hull, an old surf ski, from a hard rubbish collection. The ski itself is probably twenty feet long and looks a bit like a fibreglass sea kayak, but you sit on the deck. The bow has a fabulously accentuated flare and the deck is quite bulbous so she should handle the porpoising life of an outrigger pretty well. Funny how I have never seen a surf ski of this type being thrown away before, but there, an hour from the ocean, she was sitting there saying 'take me'.
Ahoy! click here to see footage of the first trans-Atlantic sail of a Wharram built catamaran. ;))