Seven Pacific Voyager canoes showed up in Hanalei Bay today. It was a stirring sight to see them round the point. They are traditional double canoes made in NZ with modern materials.
see Pacific Voyagers
The boats are 72 ft long, with a crew of 16. The crew bunks in the hulls, and the structure on top is the galley
. They have two drop-down propellers driven by solar
motors. The batteries are good for about 5 hours at 2.5 knots in flat water
, so they are only used for maneuvering. Navigation
is by traditional means--not even a compass
(but they carry a hand-held GPS
They are going to rest up a few days, then head
for San Francisco
Quite a project
, with a budget
of $15M, primarily funded by a European billionaire.