Judith Proctor (watervole) wrote,
Judith Proctor
watervole

How do you sail one of these...

 I have a story that I really want to write.

 

Unfortunately, an integral part of the story is a traditional Oceania Voyaging craft (as seen in Moana).  This type of vessel is capable of circumnavigating the globe.  One already has...

 

My problem is that I want to write about what it would be like to be part of the crew on such a ship and how one would learn to sail her - because part of the story involves a group of total novices and one very experienced sailor, going on a journey together.

 

But I have no idea where to start.  I know a small amount about some English forms of sailing (but not very much) but nothing at all about Hokulea and how to operate a crab claw sail - this is all I've been able to find, and having it in audio rather than written makes it even harder to follow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmH337ckZQw

Is this how it's moved around?

 

Basically, is there anyone (I know at least a couple of you are proper sailors, and my best experience is an attempt to sail in a straightest line in Poole harbour with my daughter watching every second) who would be willing to work with me to write something that sounds plausible and interesting?

There is no purpose to this story - it doesn't even count as fanfic - unless you count a story 2000 years in the future and loosely inspired by Moana as fanfic.  It's just that I want to write it.

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