18' Waka Ama Hawaiian Canoe

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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

18' Waka Ama Particulars

LOA 18' 5.49m
Beam OA incl. ama 5'11" 1.8m
Beam (main hull internal width) 1' 6 1/2" 0.47m
Hull Mid Depth 17 1/4" 0.44m
Approx. Dry Weight 140 lbs 64kg
Approx. Capacity 950lbs 431kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom plank plus 3 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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