~ Sustainable Seafaring from Oceania. History, Design, and Relevance ~

August 08, 2019

June 05, 2019

Proa Sailing - the video

At last, an edited video of the rig I've worked on for so long...  Hopefully it's understandable.




A key element in this singlehanded shunting method is to use a bridle as the attachment point between the yard and the mast.  I got this idea from Commodore Munroe's proa as pictured below.

Commodore Munroe's proa

Close-up of bridle arrangement
The bridle accommodates the peculiar geometry of the shifting mast and sail arrangement.  This method will not work without it.  Watch the action where the yard meets the mast and it can be seen why.

(Sorry about the poor resolution - I'm too cheap to pay for a premium version of PowerDirector which would produce Hi-Res videos.)

Bridle and spilling lines can be seen here
Also, brailing the sail is not necessary but it helps to keep the sail out of the water and tames it in the process.  I'm using standard "spilling lines", run to the mast, to accomplish this.

So, Happy Sailing to all of you!  If anyone cares for info, I can be reached at the email shown at the end of the video.

Thanks for watching!

August 12, 2017

Bikinian boats

Bikinian boats in 1946

July 21, 2017

Historical image

"Stone money transport to Yap Island in Micronesia"

Taken from Wikipedia article on Oceania (Micronesia segment):  "Image extracted from page 125 of Südsee-Erinnerungen (1875-1880). Mit einem einleitenden Vorwort von Dr. O. Finsch…, by HERNSHEIM, Franz. Original held and digitised by the British Library."

I've posted this image so as to allow it to be blown up to its full size and enjoyed.  Note two accuracies:  The stone or coral foundations on which the homes are built (peculiar to Yap) and also the leeward curve in the very tip of the mast - characteristic of Carolinian canoes - to allow clearer wind into the sail.



June 20, 2017

Canoe sketch

Sketch of Satawalese sailing canoe from Sudo & Sauchomal (1981)

From Traditional Tuna Fishing:  A Study at Satawal, Central Caroline Islands.


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May 17, 2017

Various canoes

Paddling canoe off Satawal

Larger canoe anchored

Start 'em young

November 17, 2016

Bikini - their home

Bikinians leaving their home in 1946...



From the video:  World of Discovery - Bikini: Forbidden Paradise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehjy0NeoB44

Boat building

Fitting a plank -




From video the video,  FSM - Yap - Glimpses of Lamotrek Atoll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_LPeQMFeU0&t=195s