|Hokule'a off Oahu. (Photo: Polynesian Voyaging Society)
We visited Hokule'a this weekend when she stopped in Bar Harbor, Maine. Because she was tied up to a pier with her rig stowed, we couldn't get a good view of what she really looks like, but we did go on board and took photos of some design and construction details. We also talked with Kaleo Wong, navigator on the most recent leg of the boat's voyage, about the mechanics of sailing a double crab-claw rig. (This is literally the first video we have ever done, so please be kind.)
|The blade of the main steering sweep raised from the water.
|Lashings between one of the main cross-beams and one of the hulls. The boat is entirely lashed together. There are no mechanical fasteners.
|Hokule'a carries two idols on the vertical projections at the stern. On the port side (the female side of the boat) is a female figure.
|The main (center) steering sweep, looking aft.
|Another look at the main steering sweep, showing the lashings that hold it in place and serve as its pivot.
NOTE: We're obliged to Sym (5) and Ars Sonor for free use of the nice ambient music we used for the intro and outro of the video.