Beam each hull:
|Wharram Tama Moana
37'9" / 11.5 m
14'11" / 4.55 m
3'7" / 1.1 m
1.6 ton / 3.1 ton
0.45 m / 0.60 m
Outboard 9.9 hp
Gaffed rigged Schooner
The name of our vessel means the ship of hope. The word Vaka is well known across the Pacific and means ship. Traditionally a Vaka was a sailing canoe, just like ours. Hop’e is a word from the Rovianna language in the Solomon Islands which means hope. It is significant because before the Bible was translated, this word did not excist. But with the introduction of Christianity, hope was introduced. Our desire is to introduce hope across the Solomon Islands with our Vaka Hop’e.
Going from a dream to reality took some time, but by God’s grace we were able to fundraise and build our faith enough to undertake this project.
We were able to comission the same boat builder who built our boat to reinforce the keels and fit an outboard motor to our boat.
With a team from YWAM Ships Kona, we sailed the boat 500 nautical miles to the southern end of the Philippines.
With a mixed crew of Solomon Islanders and westerners we plan to sail the Vaka Hop’e all the way to the Solomon Islands in 2024.