Inspired by the visit in Hawaii in 2011 by the Pacific Voyagers, a fleet of seven ocean going canoes representing various islands of the south Pacific supported by "Okeanos Foundation for the Sea", Francis Pimmel decided to make a model evocative of those double hull voyaging canoes using the typical lines of the beautiful Samoan fishing canoes.
Long by 40 inches, a height of 29 inches and wide by 11 inches, the twin hulls of this model are entirely planked in the same manner the ancient and very famous Samoan carpenters used to do hundreds of years ago. The various flanges of the hull are clearly visible. Samoan and Salomon islanders did plank-build their canoes, and they started building up their vessels with a keel. The keel in this model is the red bottom part of the hull, which is also visible inside the hull. The Samoan carpenters were the only Oceanic canoe builders starting the bow with a "cutwater" in the manner of most contemporary boats. The cutwater on the model can be seen on its forward section of the hull. In spite of years of research online as well as in Museums across the world to find out whether any recent artist ever constructed a planked built Samoan canoe model, Francis Pimmel came to the conclusion that he may be the only contemporary scale modeler ever to replicate the awesome beauty of those canoes with all their elegant lines, streamlined bows, and beautifully decorated tops.