After purchasing Gary Dierking’s book “Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes” I decided to purchase his to-scale plans for the Ulua Saling Canoe. It’s a strip-plank canoe with fiberglass inside and out. Before I actually start building I’m trying to get a good idea about different ways to put a canoe together – what method do I actually want to use. Also the plans show a little more detail than his book for the foam and fiberglass ‘ama construction.
After ‘The Hawaiian Canoe‘ – this is my favorite outrigger canoe book! Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes by Gary Dierking is well thought out, easy to read, chock full of great information – and obviously written by someone who has ‘been there/done that’! A definite ‘How To’ book – I’m sure you could build all 3 canoes he writes about just from this one book but I bought the plans for his Ulua sailing canoe just the same. Having full-size to-scale plans builds a lot of confidence! He covers strip-plank and plywood construction but the sections in the book I’m most excited about are the foam and fiberglass ‘ama construction, the motor mount, and building spars and sails! I think those 3 sections can be used by anyone building an outrigger canoe of any design!
Back in 2009 my friend, Tevita Kunato, and I purchased the plans for the Waka Ama outrigger canoe from Duckwork’s Builders Supply located in Harper, Texas. It is a Selway-Fisher design. According to the website: “This is an outrigger canoe of classic Hawaiian design. Classes of these craft are very popular, especially in places like New Zealand where they are raced in various lengths—this example being one of the shortest. They are noted for their stability and carrying capacity in use both off shore and inland and are sometimes seen carrying a simple sail—a very versatile craft—the main hull can be built in 2 halves. Construction is simple stitch and tape and the beams are tied to the hulls”.
I haven’t built this design yet, but I am studying the techniques and general design to incorporate into my first canoe.
By many this book is considered the definitive source – The Bible – of Hawaiian outrigger canoes. Covering a historical perspective of Hawaiian canoe design from pre-contact to modern times. Fully illustrated with color pictures, historical artwork, and ‘to-scale’ drawings of actual canoes from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. No longer in print, but a must have for anyone passionate about Hawaiian outrigger canoes.