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Raft + Ocean = is it possible?

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The last time when I was in library was 5 months ago. This time I searched for some adventure books. I`m tired of philosophy and other “smart-ass” stuff. The life is all about fun and adventures.

20 min after I entered library I left it with 3 adventure book`s in my hand. The first one was Adventure with KON-TIKI, another one was “With “Joy” over silent Ocean” and the last one was “Charles Darwin – Adventure circumnavigating world on ship “Beagle” “.

   Off-course I started with Kon-Tiki because this was wrote in Latvian language 🙂 7 hours later I finished this amazing book!! Small, easy to read, interesting and original book. If you have nothing to do than just grab this book and READ IT!! Robinson Cruz compared to this book is a dog`s shit, believe me.

True story – year 1947. Book is about 6 guy`s who sailed on – raft called “Kon-Tiki” – in South Pacific Ocean from Peru to Tahiti = 4 380 miles to prove the theory – that Polynesians is from America – to prove that this is possible to sail from America to this islands on raft. And they did it. Can you believe in it?:) incredible.

You can read lil`bit more info in wikipedia about this crazy adventure.


In year 1959 Czech-American composer, photographer, conductor and adventurer Eduard Ingriš repeated with second try Kon_tiki voyage on raft – “Kantuta II”.

Year 2006. Only 59 years after Kon-Tiki voyage (year 1947) another 6 young guys did it again only this time they called his raft “Tangaroa”. One of the “Tangaora” crew members was a grandchild of Kon-Tiki crew. 


Ok, that`s it. I have 2 books left and in this time they both are in russian language. Wish me a good luck:)




William Willis – He made his first voyage at age 61.

Polynesian navigation


Written by sigmaist

August 6, 2008 at 9:40 am

Ray Kendrick building his trimaran.

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As time goes I had found many fantastic sailboat project web pages and I would like to introduce them for you. This is awesome when man can make his dream come thru, and this time the dream is hand-build sailboat. I hadn`t watch if there any sailboat projects on youtube yet, this will be the next step for me:)

I will start with my favorites, of course.

Ray Kendrick building his folding trimaran SCARAB 22

epoxy, 1/2″ corecellfiberglass, carbon fibre, resin Infusion:

The layup is as follows: 1-release plastic film, 2-peel ply, 3-LT400 glass, 4-perforated corecell, 5-LT400 glass, 6-peel ply, 7-perforated plastic film, 8-breather felt, 9-vinyl vacuum bag.

LenghtOverAll: 6.775m (22' 4.5 ")
BeamOverAll: 5.63m (18'5.5"), (folded 2.5m (8' 2.5")) Scarab 22
Beam folded: 2.5m (8' 2.5")
Draft: 275mm (0' 11"), 1.215m (4' 0")
Displacement to DWL: 900kg (1980#)
Weight width foam: 420Kg
stars *****

Building time: 3 years [march 2004 – 2007 july]


I would say that he is one of the best self-job describers out there:) I just love to watch pictures and read his easy-readable job explaning texts. Enjoy!!

Written by sigmaist

June 22, 2008 at 1:09 pm

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