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November 24, 2013

Mau speaking


Mai Pialug wearing a OB Beer shirt and navigating the Hokulea.

For the first time I get to really hear him speaking English.


*Note: Stumble across the above at WorldChannel.org
http://worldchannel.org/programs/ = their Pacific Heartbeat 2013 Season Promo which is posted on YouTube.

Here: Wayfarers, A Pacific Odyssey:

November 10, 2013

Plank lashing, Samoan style

Figure 230.—Flange lashing with continuous loop technique:
a, a coconut leaflet midrib is pinched through to half its thickness at (1) and the lower end split back by slightly bending it; b, the thin end of the braid (2) is put through the split (1) which is closed by straightening the midrib. The long end (3) is threaded through the paired hole and the braid gently drawn through. c, Inside view showing keel flange (4) and stern piece flange (5) fitted together with holes (6) coinciding. The midrib leaflet is discarded and the thin end of the braid (2) is passed through under one of the plies of the braid at the point (7) to form a loop. The point (7) is selected so that the length of braid between it and the end (8) is long enough to complete the lashing turns, but in the figure the length is much reduced. The thin end (2), after passing through the braid, is doubled back and passed through a ply on its standing part (9) to fix the working loop. The end of the braid (8) is crossed above the middle of the hole, held in position with the left thumb and the far side of the loop (10) is pulled to draw the slack through the hole. d, The end of the loop (7) has been drawn through the hole and the part of the slack beyond it (11) is pulled until all the slack is through the hole and the braid in the hole is taut against the held end (8); e, the taut braid is brought back over the flanges and over the short end (8) to make the first lashing turn (1) which is held down on the near flange with the left thumb. Besides the first turn, the continuous loop is also through the hole and pulling on its far end (10) will draw the loop junction (7) through the hole as well as the slack (13) which is now on the near side; f, both the loop junction (7) and the slack (13) have been drawn through to the far side. The first turn has been drawn taut over the end (8) which fixes the commencement of the lashing. g, Each succeeding turn is made by manipulating the loop in the same manner as the first turn—5 or 6 turns are sufficient to form a secure lashing. Before the last turn (14) is drawn taut, the continuous loop (10) is unfastened by withdrawing the thin end of the braid end (2) and (7). h, The unloosened braid end (2) is passed through under the last turn (14) which is drawn taut from the far end of the hole (10). The end of the braid (2) is drawn taut under the last turn (14) and jerked down towards the hole so that actual crossing (1.5) under the last turn is moved down into the hole. k, The end is cut off close in under the far edge of the hole. The last turn (14) fixes the end of the braid and finishes the lashing.

(from 9/12/12 entry, this blog)