16' Koa Hawaiian Fishing Canoe

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This design is a modern interpretation of the traditional Koa fishing canoes which were 'dugouts' and made from a single log. The hull has a narrow flat bottom with 4 planks per side - the top hull panel has some tumblehome in it to emulate the log shape. Plank lengths fit within 2 standard 8' (2440mm) lengths of plywood. The hull is symmetrical about the centre frame and details are given to make the hull in 2 bolt able halves. This also means that the hull can be extended by fitting a section in the middle of the hull - potentially, using standard plywood sheets an 8' section could be inserted making the canoe 23'4" long.
Details are given for the Ama and beams used with the 18' Waka Ama.
Construction is simple stitch and tape and the beams are tied to the hulls.

16' Koa Particulars

LOA 15'4" 4.67m
Beam OA incl. ama 5'11" 1.8m
Beam (main hull internal width) 1' 7 1/4"" 0.49m
Hull Mid Depth 17 1/4" 0.44m
Approx. Dry Weight 130 lbs 59kg
Approx. Capacity 850lbs 385kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom plank plus 4 planks per side

Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 6-7 sheets of 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use Load carrying and racing
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets
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