– Boat for the Sea –
Length: 22 m / 72 ft
Width: 6.5 m / 21 ft
Draft: 1.9 m / 6 ft
Sail Area: 96 m2 / 1033 square feet
Cargo: 4 tons
Crew: 6 – 8
1x 60 HP Yamaha Outboard
2x 10 kW Inboard Electrical driven with energy from solar panels
The VAKA MOANA (Boat of the Ocean) is our largest canoe built according to drawings made by James Cook around 1770. She is a 72 foot double masted traditionally based Polynesian sailing canoe and outfitted with solar powered propulsion system. The boat can accommodate 16 people and is able to carry four tons of load. She is made for open sea transportation over long distances with the larger goal of reviving traditional Pacific culture and environmental awareness.
Seven Vaka Moana composed the ‘Te Mana O Te Moana’ voyaging fleet. All boats were designed and built by Okeanos Foundation who also sponsored the entire ‘Te Mana O Te Moana’ voyage.
The seven Vaka Moana that participated in the journey are Fa’afaite, Gaualofa, Haunui, Hinemoana, Marumatu Atua, Te Matau A Maui and Uto Ni Yalo. All canoes were built in 2009 in New Zealand’s Salthouse Boatyard and are now operated by local voyaging societies in Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand, Cook Islands and Fiji.
An eighth Vaka Moana – Hikianalia – was built by order of Okeanos at Salthouse Boatyard in 2012. The boat was purchased by the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawai’i and served as an escort vessel for the legendary Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule’a during her three years Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.