|24' single outrigger Wa'apa|
|In the late 1800's, when
sawn lumber began to appear in Hawaii
and other Pacific islands,|
the local canoe builders immediately saw it as an easier way to build canoes. While
perhaps slightly less efficient than round bottom shapes they have now become the standard
working canoe seen throughout the Pacific. The first models were simply built of three wide
planks and came to be known as "three board canoes" or wa'apa in Hawaiian.
I built a 16'er in the 70's that unbolted in the center for easier stowage onboard my cruising
trimaran. It proved to be a useful dinghy and a fun sailer for exploring. This design is similar
in shape but allows for a center section to be added which stretches it to 24'. The 24'er seats
four crew, and can be sailed as a tacking outrigger or a shunting proa.
The Wa'apa can be built as a one piece hull to save weight, but one of its prime advantages
is that no hull or ama section is longer than 2.4 meters (8 ft). It can be built, stored and
transported in a small space. The three section main hull and a two piece plywood ama only
require six sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood. The hull sides and ama can be built with 4mm
plywood to save weight.
The construction plans for the Wa'apa outrigger canoe include three large sheets containing
full size patterns for the bulkheads, stem, and ama panels. You can print these patterns from
the PDF files The written building procedure also has additional drawings and is in PDF format.
Thirty photographs document the construction of the prototype.
All drawings are dimensioned in both Imperial and Metric units.
The cost of the plans is US$95.00
Upon receipt of payment you will receive a link for downloading the PDF
files. Full size bulkhead patterns can be printed locally from these
files. You can still order paper plans from Duckworks.