Plans to build the 25' [7.6 M] Kona Hawaiian Sampan

The Kona is my first foray into Hawaiian Sampan designs. At 25 feet, it is a convenient coastal size that may be trailered or kept in an inexpensive sized slip. These sampans are durable and effective offshore cruisers able to take tough seas, yet carry a good sized load and comfortable mid speed range ride. I took the traditional hull shape and redesigned it to be built of lighter, inexpensive modern materials covered in tough fiberglass and epoxy. An inboard gas or diesel engine of 75-150 horsepower will get it up on a plane and cover the miles quickly without you breaking into an uncontollable string of foul language every time you go to the fuel dock.

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Building a Wooden Hawaiian Sampan Boat

About Hawaiian Sampans

The island nation of Japan has a long, rich tradition of exceptionally seaworthy boat designs. When Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they brought with them their knowledge of boat design and construction. From this, the Hawaiian sampan was developed and became the predominant workboat in the middle of the Pacific.

Well, since the happy days of burning plentiful cheap gas are over, it's time to revive some of the successful hulls of the past, especially those that performed very well on modest power. Welcome back the Hawaiian Sampan, a semi-planing seaworthy hull that will really scoot along with modest power. Achieving 20 knots while burning only 3 or 4 gallons per hour is entirely possible. Most modern deep vee planing hulls of equivalent size will burn over double that amount of fuel for the same speed.

Here's a Hawaiian Sampan, you probebly never would have guessed, Yes, it's the SS Minnow from the famous Gilligan's Island TV show.

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