So many things can go wrong when you undertake a project, especially one that has never been done before. Fortunately, for us, so many things went right. Although there were few challenges with the logistics and procurements, in the end, we got what we wanted; three boats/canoes build and repaired under our own roof with our own hands, and most importantly, how we wanted.
For something to have real impact in the islands, it has to be sustainable. What is sustainable development? We can spend hours debating over what is sustainable and what is not. For us though, the answer is simple. If we can harness the amazing power of the wind using the might of the vast ocean just like our ancestors, to us that is sustainable development. Using and utilising your resources without depleting them. Granted, it is easier said than done. But luckily, when you have at your disposable a vast knowledge of canoe building and navigation and resourcefulness that has been crafted with the utmost respect by canoe builders for centuries, the foundation has been pretty much laid out. The challenge, for us, was how to make what was already “perfect” even better. The solution won’t be easy or simple. But sailing was never easy. We got here by crossing the biggest ocean in the world, and thrived where others would not.
With our new prototypes that are designed for your everyday use, our hope is that it can make a difference in people’s lives, particularly in places where fuel prices are a major issue. And we strong believe that once this project passed our trials, the neighbouring islands will start to benefit for a long time.
So, without further ado, WAM and GIZ proudly presents our trial stage. It is time to see whether what was build can meet the power of the Pacific. For us, the real challenge was always going to be the trial stage. It won’t be perfect, and that is okay. It won’t be smooth, and that is okay too. As the saying goes, “the sea finds out everything you did wrong.” Needless to say, we are confident that our prototypes, the proa, comically named by the WAM boys but fitting nonetheless, “Arkiwiwi” (Itchy Butt), and the catamaran “Resin Resin” will do just fine. Enjoy the clips! More to come as the trial progress along.