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Andrew Forrest
11-07-2000, 10:04 AM
I'm looking for plans or ideas for an outrigger canoe. Which is basically a 2 person sit on top kayak with a removeable outrigger. New fiberglass is $4000 cdn. There has got to be a better and cheaper way or doing it. Strip or stitch construction. Any ideas or input would be great.

Todd Bradshaw
11-07-2000, 10:42 AM
I think both Chesapeake Light Craft and Lost in the Woods Boatworks (in Nobel, Ontario) have add-on outriggers available in one form or another. You can adapt them for all kinds of hulls.

11-07-2000, 11:13 AM
I'm building my own version of CLC SailRig

here's theirs

with my own sail plan

If you want a traditional outrigger Wharram has the Melanesia

By all means join the Kayak Sailing Mailing list

[This message has been edited by BrianCunningham (edited 11-07-2000).]

11-07-2000, 11:47 AM
you can see some American ideas of proa-yachts (outrigger canoes) on the Cheap Pages.
http://www.friend.ly.net/~dadadata and scoll down... also a reproduction of the hull structure of a Gilbertese proa.

Any canoe-like hull about 16 to 20 feet should work well. I put an outrigger on a Coleman canoe (see the Cheap Pages) and while it worked, a simple flat bottomed bateau-pirogue-canoe in ply probably works better.

Jim Michalak has an outrigger canoe/proa design which as far as I know is still in the "prototype stage".


11-07-2000, 11:50 AM
oops... two more notes.

-- Bolger's "Yellowleaf" design would probably be a reasonable hull for a very small outrigger. it's a simple three-plank canoe.

-- I've seen pix of modern Hawaiian outriggers meant for outboard use, but probably paddle-able in a pinch, where the outrigger float (a log of wood in some cases) is held on by lengths of galvanized (or perhaps aluminum in your case) pipe.

-- well, three things.

John Harris at CLC is working on an updated SailRig design, his motive mainly being to simplify the attachment system and the structure of the akas.

11-08-2000, 06:10 AM
I have a booklet on just this subject. It's at:


David N. Goodchild