For almost a decade, our focus has been supporting the construction of traditionally designed Polynesian sailing vessels called “Vakas” (canoes). Together with Pacific voyaging societies, Okeanos supports the development of vakas designed from information shared by many different island groups, resulting in sailing vessels specific to Pacific inter-island transport that are culturally meaningful and environmentally sustainable while satisfying all sea transportation needs.
Over the last years we built three different kinds of boat: the open-ocean sailing canoe Vaka Moana, a smaller version of the ‘Vaka Moana’ – the Vaka Motu – which is a very versatile and eco-friendly work boat for the islands, and a solar electric catamaran called Okeanos Pearl for fossil-fuel free and noiseless transportation of people within lagoons and over small distances between islands.
Our main focus is now on the expansion of our Vaka Motu network accross the Pacific as our experiences have shown that this type of boat is perfectly suited for a reliable fossil-fuel free transport of people, food, medicine, and supplies between South Pacific Islands. The vaka technology that is implemented in the Vaka Motus connects the best of the past with the best of the future including solar panels and, most recently, coconut oil-fueled engines.