Samoan fishing canoe model by Francis Pimmel
Gorgeous boat - superb modelling.
Great model, excellent woodworking!
Just a couple of notes of info. Contrary to what we (the western folks) might think, or contrary to what it might look to our eyes, the bow of this boat is the deep sharp end and the stern is the raised rounded part. In the bottom profile pic, the bow is on the right and the stern is on the left.
This one has the shape of an Amatasi canoe, which was rigged with crab claw sails, which I don't see on the model. So is it a Va'aalo then?
Talking about the sailing versions, I have seen discording claims about their sailing capabilities and about the ama position when running under sails. Could they go upwind, or at least at beam reach? They didn't have a daggerboard of any kind, so it is pretty dubious. Next, was the ama placed at the windward or at the leeward side when at broad (or beam) reach? Both would have a logical explanation, but what was it used like by the ancient Samoan population? There's a lots of disagreement on this one.