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Sea Trials!

It appears the hard part of building the canoe is done! I put 2 layers of 4 oz cloth on the ama, cut the iakos to fit, and rigged up the rudder and pedals. We went to the canal to make sure the rig was right, and Kaile took off! She paddled under the bridge and wanted to go out in the “real ocean”. She wanted to paddle to flat island, but I didn’t have any way to go with her so we went home to get my SUP. We walked to Lanipo and were going to just paddle to Rella’s to play… When we got there, Pete said Rella and Jen had paddled to the Mokes, so Kai said “let’s go”. SHE PADDLED ALL THE WAY TO THE MOKES ON HER FIRST DAY OUT!!! I can’t even believe how well she did. This kid’s going to be unstoppable. OC-1 to the Mokes and back at just 5 years old!

Next steps on the canoe are fill the weave on the ama, paint, and make a seat. Almost pau… Here are a bunch of pics from her trip. Sorry they are so blurry. There was a bubble in the dry bag…

Aloha,
Eric

Kaile Kanu Update

I got some more work done this weekend… The deck is now glassed on with 2 layers of 4oz fiberglass cloth and WestSystem epoxy. I glued the carbon tubes into the ama and completed the final sanding. Now, I just need to do the final filling on the ama and glass it… Also on the “to do” list: shape seat, get hinges and attach foot pedals, bend some iakos, final fairing and paint!

Just to satisfy my curiosity, I tried the fit of my Pueo iakos… Wow! They fit! If only I could get a set for cheap… Check the pics below to see how the major pieces fit together. It’s starting to look like an outrigger!

Kaile Kanu with Pueo iakos

KaileKanu 2

Kaile Kanu 3

Kaile Kanu

I have had this idea in my head for a few years, now… A canoe for Kaile! Being short and light, Kai can’t really paddle a normal one man unless it’s dead calm out. It floats too high, and the wind blows it all over the place. She needs one that’s scaled down to fit a kid…

Well, we have (or had…) this old one man… About 5 years ago, I “won” it in a Lanikai silent auction for about $120. I fixed it up and used it a few times, but it was 25′ long and weighed about 50# – not exactly a Ferrari. Needless to say, I never really used it much. It just sat around, sad and neglected. I was feeling kind of guilty about the condition it was in… As you can see below, Kaile sort of “claimed” it a while back. I figured that one day, I could give it to her. Well, it appears that that day is now. Now how to make the huge canoe suitable for a little paddler?…

Bixler Horizon

The canoe is long, but it’s also very skinny. My idea was to cut about 10′ out of the middle, and glass the ends back together – leaving a short little “Keiki Kanu”. Because it’s so narrow, the scale works out really well. It took a LONG time to finally get the courage to take the plunge, but a few months ago I jumped in head first, skill saw in hand. I cut about 7′ off each end, then sliced off the deck. Then, I epoxied the ends together. This left me with a shell for the hull.

Once I had a shell for the hull, I needed a new deck. I made bulkheads out of 1″ foam, and then cut a deck out of 2″ foam. I epoxied the deck to the top of the bulkheads and sides of the canoe. There are holes for water to get out at the bottom of the bulkheads, and along the top of each side of the bulkheads. With the deck in place, I used a shureform to round it out and make a “canoe-like” shape. I left the center of the canoe open, to put in a foot well and recess for a seat. This was the “challenging” part of the project. I used the 1″ foam and shureform to shape pieces that I epoxied together to finish out the deck.

When I glued in the sides of the seat well, I made channels to run the rudder cable tubing through. I just took the cable and tubing from the old canoe and reused it…

Speaking of rudder, I needed to make a new rudder that fit the smaller canoe… I cut the shaft out of the old rudder, and shaped a new one out of 1/4″ divinicell. I coated it with epoxy and glass, sanded it, and painted it. Bam! New custom rudder.

What about the other end of the rudder cable, you might ask? Well, I had some carbon fiber cloth left over from the last steering blade I made, so I decided to make a sleek set of carbon pedals. Now, I just need to get some stainless hinges…

The next big task was creating something to attach the iakos to. The boys at Kamanu gave me some left over carbon tubing that they used for the Pueo. I cut some channels into the foam deck and glued in the tubing. When I glass the deck, I’ll glass over the tubing, connecting it to the rest of the deck in one solid piece.

Now that the hull was just about ready to glass, I needed to come up with an ama. I took some of the 1″ foam, and laminated 3 pieces together to make a 3″ wide by about 5′ long chunk of foam to shape the ama out of. I used the Pueo ama as a guide, and used a hack saw and shureform to rough out a mini ama. I think it came out pretty well. Now, I need to put in some carbon tubing to accept the iakos, and glass the whole thing…

Well, that’s it. A bunch of pieces waiting for assembly. I need to do some final sanding and a bunch of glassing… The last “parts” I need to acquire are the iakos and a seat. Getting closer! I’ll post some more once I get some more work done.

Aloha,
Eric

Birthday Sail!

Ocho de Mayo was my 39th birthday, and since it was MY day, I got to do what I wanted, and what I wanted was what I always want…a day at the beach (so in actuality, it wasn’t a lot different from any other weekend). Fortunately, the weather was perfect for sailing. It was blowing snot and the surf was up. I was all set to make a great movie, but brought the wrong mount for the mast-top-cam… Oh well, next time. The footage I got is still fun, and I hope you enjoy it, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve made a movie. This one is especially fun, because I finally got Stace and I in the same movie. A couple more years, and Kai will be able to come out, too!

Mele Kalikimaka!

Aloha, and Mele Kalikimaka!
The winter solstice has passed, the days are getting longer, and 2009 is almost gone. I really wanted to get a picture of us all in the canoe for our Christmas card… Yesterday, we finally had some time where our schedules lined up, and the sun hid behind the clouds the whole time we were out (fortunately, it popped out and the lighting was perfect right after we put the canoe away…). Shane was nice enough to come take the pictures for us, even though I’m sure he had a million other things he would have rather been doing. We’re glad he did, though, because he really does an awesome job! Thanks a million Shane (and Roxy!). We couldn’t decide which picture to put on our Christmas card, so we made this little video to showcase our favorites. We hope you enjoy it.
Hau’ole Makahiki Hou!
Eric, Stacey, and Kai

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Opelu Sailin’

Here is another sailing video. This shows a couple waves, but once again the wide angle lens really flattens out the surf… The day before this was taken, the wind was about 5-10 knots stronger and the waves were 50% bigger. The rides were 3-4 times as long, and even more fun! Derek (in seat 1) has plans for a larger sail and a possible donor for a “safety” ama. 60% more sail area? Yeah baby! I’m ready to give THAT a whirl! The music for this video is “Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride” from Lilo and Stitch. I thought it appropriate, as Holole’a is Hawaiian for “a ride, as at a carnival or amusement park”. That is what this canoe is all about.
Aloha.

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Beautiful Ladies

Kaile had a “drop-off” birthday party in Lanikai, the weather was perfect, Stace was game… All I heard was blah, blah, we can take out Holole’a! Stace called Nani, Nani called Hillary, next thing you know the boat was full. I’ve been meaning to get some footage of the canoe with the trampoline on, so I brought the cameras along. Unfortunately, the front camera’s memory card crapped out, so all I have is the mast head shot; but hey, at least it’s something. We started inside the reef, headed for the Mokes, then headed out through one of the channels. The wide angle lens flattens out the waves, so you’ll have to take my word for it that there was a little surf running on the outside… Once we got clear of the breaking waves, we shot down to flat island to make a couple loops. “One more time” started to become the rally cry, but since that phrase rarely ends well, we changed it to the less final, “let’s go around again!” The camera only records about an hour, so all I have on film is the launch through the first time around flat. Once again, you’ll have to take my word for it, but we caught some much better waves on subsequent trips around. I guess I need to take the camera out again…
Final note: Usually, finding the right music for these little video clips is one of the hardest things to do – this time it was a no-brainer ;-) .
Aloha.

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Veteran’s Day sail

Aloha!
I’ve been wanting to add some pics of Holole’a with the trampoline on, and these are really pretty shots. Thanks Shane! I need to get out with the GoPro’s and get some video, but until then, enjoy the pics.
A hui Hoe,
Eric

Rigging Up

Rigging Up

More Rigging...

More Rigging...

Ready to hoist the sail!

Ready to hoist the sail!

Shoving Off

Shoving Off

Sailing by

Sailing by

Coming in

Coming in

What a Beautiful Family!

Stace and I went to the Marine Corps Ball, and Kai stayed with Aunty Rox and Uncle Shane. Shane has a relatively new camera, is REALLY GOOD at capturing awesome images, and was kind enough to come document the fact that Stace and I know how to dress up. He is quite the photog, no? The next morning, Veteran’s day, we were greeted with blustery but beautiful weather and met up with Rox, Shane and Kai at the canoe (Picutres of the canoe coming in another post…). Those are the best “beach time” pictues we have! Enjoy.

You're the one for me!

You're the one for me!

Shaka to you!

Shaka to you!

Stace and Kai

Stace and Kai

Kai the Supermodel

Kai the Supermodel

Kai with Lexi

Kai with Lexi

One Happy Kid!

One Happy Kid!

Dad Center 2009

Join the Lanikai women’s first crew for the Dad Center race (the soundtrack is not entirely family-friendly…). The 25-mile course started at Kailua Beach and finished at the Outrigger Canoe Club. The footage was shot by various members of the crew, and edited (or thrown together) by Eric. Unfortunately, we don’t have any footage of the start or the finish… Enjoy the ride. Team Bradley won with a time of 3:17:36. Lanikai’s first crew came in 14th. Aloha.