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Fafapiti in the Marquesas: the simplicity of plywood epoxy.

Published on 01 april 2016 at 0h00

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“The first boat in this mini series, which was also built in Tahaa, Raiatea’s sister island in French Polynesia’s leeward islands, is called Faimatu Piti. The major part of the construction of Fafa Piti took place ashore in a barn over the course of 13 months. I see this boat as an early 21st century version Polynesian pirogue - an evolution.
We have chosen a boat which is narrow, 7 meters, relative to its length of 17.2 m, and this has allowed us to maintain our target weight of less than 6 tonnes! To achieve this figure, all the wood used is structural, but what a pleasure to sail, she really slides across the water, propelled by a wood and carbon epoxy mast, 19 meters high! To deal with a small maintenance issue, we were able to put ...

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