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Sailing canoe tries its hand at freight transportation

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 05, 2014

~~<p>Rangi was built to test the commercial viability of carrying freight and passengers for short hauls among remote island clusters in the Pacific. During my stay in French Polynesia, after the first international leg of the Worldwide Voyage, I had the opportunity to help conduct fieldwork and research and formulate the elements of a strategic plan for its success, one consistent with our mission, Malama Honua (caring for Earth). Rangi has the capacity to leverage its ability to provide interisland transportation to develop a cottage industry based on pressing dried coconut into oil for biofuel.</p>
<p>Rangi is a traditional-style sailing canoe, part of the heritage of the indigenous peoples of Polynesia who sailed across the oceans using non&shy;in&shy;stru&shy;ment navigation. This twin-hulled canoe is also a brilliant model of an eco-friendly, sustainable craft that combines the force of the wind on its sails with solar and hydroelectric power.</p>
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Rangi was built to test the commercial viability of carrying freight and passengers for short hauls among remote island clusters in the Pacific. During my stay in French Polynesia, after the first international leg of the Worldwide Voyage, I had the opportunity to help conduct fieldwork and research and formulate the elements of a strategic plan for its success, one consistent with our mission, Malama Honua (caring for Earth). Rangi has the capacity to leverage its ability to provide interisland transportation to develop a cottage industry based on pressing dried coconut into oil for biofuel.

Rangi is a traditional-style sailing canoe, part of the heritage of the indigenous peoples of Polynesia who sailed across the oceans using non­in­stru­ment navigation. This twin-hulled canoe is also a brilliant model of an eco-friendly, sustainable craft that combines the force of the wind on its sails with solar and hydroelectric power. Login for more...



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