Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sullivans Island

 I was in Charleston a few weeks ago a went out to Sullivans Island... a very pretty place and when the wind is up it's a favored kiteboarding  site. There must have been 30 plus kites there the day we visited.

New Outrigger Mount

The latest rendition of the outrigger attachment... I had rope braces out to the bamboo pole but ended up taking them off. Tried several different paddling positions including standing up... needed a stand up paddle. I think I'm going to try a sunfish sail rig complete with the yards... may be a little big but they are cheap... lots of them around and could be easily cut down a little if needed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lateen Rig

I had some tubing from an antique hang glider that kinda suited a lateen type rig. The yards were almost as long as the ones on a sunfish rig... thinking that may be the ticket.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ama Mount

Trying to come up with a better mount... I just had it tied on for a test paddle.... interestingly I could lift the outrigger out of the water just by sitting/leaning to one side in the canoe. For now its just going to be just the one bamboo aka (crossbeam) to support the ama (outrigger hull).

Friday, August 7, 2015

Proa Testbed

I'm going to use this to continue experimenting with the crab claw rig which hopefully will be used on a pacific style proa with a shunting crab claw rig. A pacific style proa can sail in either direction but always keeps the outrigger upwind

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A bad day last November

I had a serious setback last November..... on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.... I had a fire which burnt my shop and unbelievable amount of stuff with it to the ground. I had just retired and was looking forward to spending a lot of time out there. Still recovering from that but just recently acquired a 17 ft Grumman canoe... which I plan... in the near term... to use as a test bed for proa bits and pieces.