Monday, 24 November 2008

Toroa stretch surgery further pics

Toroa is back in one piece. I'm slowly planking up to the keel line one strip at a time.
I'm using Holdfast Gorilla Grip which gives me the confidence for immersed surface laminating. Even though the hull will be fiberglassed Toroa will sit for extended periods on a mooring so I want to feel confident that the seems will hold even if they get damp from bilge water and capillary soaking through the inevitable scratches in the hull surface.

9 planks per side in place, working from the mid line up to the keel.

Ama stripped and ready for ceder strip planking from waterline up.
I've glued two stanchions in preparation for gluing into ama before planking starts.
I'm setting up the stanchions with the same spacing as on Toroa so that I can interchange amas
and connecting structures between both Takapu & Toroa hulls.

Windward side planking.

Lee side planking.

My old companion Takapu is resting against the opposite wall watching progress on Toroa.
Occasionally he whispers in my ear to tell me when I go off track, he's also a wonderful source of inspiration and memories to keep me moving towards my goal of finishing, ready to sail.

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Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

Header Photo: Toroa at Rawene by Julie Holton.

This blog is dedicated to the memory of my father Roelof Hielkema who instilled in me the willingness to learn.
These pages are intended to inform and add to the growing body of knowledge concerning the Canoe Culture of the Pacific, past, present & future, from the Tupuna, the Ancestors of the Pacific cultures to the people of the world.

These pages contain Images and text relating to our two proas, Toroa & Takapu, some history relating to our experiments & experiences.

The dissertation that I posted on this blog in April 2008 "Takapu The Proa" was written by me in 1997 in response to an assignment that I was set whilst studying for my design degree. The dissertation covers many issues that a proa enthusiast may benefit from reading about.

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Waka reflect the individuality and uniqueness of a society which in turn is governed by the geography, geology, topography, climate, location, resources, isolation, origin, flora, fauna, flotsam, jetsam, etc.

Waka are our link to the past, they have shaped our present and define our future.

Waka are the vessels of knowledge, physical and mental development, freedom of bondage to the land, key to our inquisitiveness, expressions of our ingenuity and courage, our love of shape and form, the seat of our power.

Waka are the source of our material culture, from which all processes are derived.

Waka are who and what we are.