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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-10-30 6:11 pm   Permalink

As any qualified Tiki historian knows (i.e. one who has read the Book of Tiki and Tiki Modern), the Kon Tiki raft expedition led by Thor Heyerdahl contributed significantly to the Tiki movement in the 1950s and 1960s. In honor of Thor's contribution to this grand cause, I have put together this post of Tiki Boats - yes that's right, Tiki Boats!

Here are a couple of postcard shots of the original Kon Tiki boat and the museum in Oslo where you can go and see the real deal.









A Kon Tiki book and movie still.







These postcards are from the Tiki tour boat from Tiki Gardens in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. I pretty sure that's "Trader Frank" Byars (founder of Tiki Gardens) and his wife Jo on the bow of the boat in these postcards.





These are from Captain Beans Polynesian Tour Boat from Hawaii. Check out the Tikis on the bow.





This is the Tiki Islander Tour Boat in Naples, Florida.



A brochure from the Tiki Islander Tour Boat posted previously on TC by Tiki Trav



I'm pretty sure this is the same boat renamed as the Marco Islander.




A couple of great shots of Don The Beachcombers boat the Tamara - originally built in Hawaii and then moved to Tahiti where Donn Beach retired.






Here are some Polynesian canoes with Tikis from the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii






Here are a couple of contemporary Tiki Boats

Tikiboat tour in Newport Harbor California






Tikiboat barge in Miami Florida - looks like you could have a helluva party on that baby. This is the boat that will be used for Hukilau 2009.






A big thank you to Thor, without you and your raft we would not have all of the great Kon Tiki restaurants, Kon Tiki hotels, the Kon Tiki signs, the Kon Tiki mugs, etc.




 
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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2008-10-30 7:37 pm   Permalink

Cool thread idea! I subject near and dear to my heart. Here's one of my favorite fiberglass designs c. 1958; the coveted South Seas Samoan.



For a little more on this wonderful boat visit:

http://www.archivalproductions.com/boatsinthebelfry.com/gallery/samoan.html




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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-11-05 2:35 pm   Permalink

Wow, that was the Chevy Impala of motor boats, wasn't it? Does it have the name on a plaque on the boat, in a cool typeface? I have seen a "Tahiti" boat with a Tiki mask logo and name.

DC, thank you for that extensive, wonderful post! Here is another snap shot of that Tiki Boat in Balboa:



..and here, the 40 foot Outrigger canoe that used to sit in the basement lobby to the N.Y Plaza Trader Vic's, originally from the set of 1960 version of "The Mutiny on the Bounty" with Marlon Brando:






 
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TIKIVILLE
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2008-11-06 4:44 pm   Permalink

just posted this in finds!



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-11-06 4:52 pm   Permalink

Silverline,

Love the South Seas Samoan boat, is that your project?

Bigbro,

Thanks so much for the picture of the outrigger from Trader Vic's at The Plaza.
Where did you get that image?

That must have been an impressive sight down in the basement. One question about the "40-foot outrigger". I had posted a postcard from Trader Vic's at The Plaza in an earlier thread and this is what the back of the card says:



The postcard says it is a 54-foot outrigger. Noticed the same thing on Critiki.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-11-06 4:55 pm   Permalink

Here is a Tiki boat of a different kind - the Outrigger Buffet at the Kona Inn in Hawaii.



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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2008-11-06 5:37 pm   Permalink

Here's a couple I found..
The Liki Tiki

The Tikki Boat

The Hawaiian Voyaging Vessel The Hokulea




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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-11-06 10:27 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-11-06 16:52, Dustycajun wrote:
The postcard says it is a 54-foot outrigger. Noticed the same thing on Critiki.


40..54..who's counting? I always trust postcard captions above all, 54 feet it is!


 
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SilverLine
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Posted: 2008-11-07 07:39 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-11-06 16:52, Dustycajun wrote:
Silverline,

Love the South Seas Samoan boat, is that your project?



No, I wish! That beauty is a bit beyond my abilities and pay-grade!



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aquarj
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From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2008-11-07 6:11 pm   Permalink

Since this started with the Kon Tiki boat, here's the image from the board game box.



-Randy


 
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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2008-11-07 6:23 pm   Permalink

VERY cool ....could this be the only TIKI BOAT based bored game ever!? lol

 
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SilverLine
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2008-11-07 8:50 pm   Permalink

8ft Tiki reminded me of this embellished pontoon boat we found at the King Kamehameha Tiki House in, Sedalia, Missouri. I guess they used to take attendees on cruises around the lake back in the day. It didn't look like this boat had been out in quite a while. Maybe soon that will change!







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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-11-08 07:02 am   Permalink

Very cool! Rural Poly pop archeology at its best! C'mon guys, there GOTTA be vintage photos of this in action somewhere! Is the Parkhurst family being unapproachable?

 
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-11-11 12:27 pm   Permalink

I think this is one of my favorite threads on TC right now! All of these boats are just incredible! I would love to build something like one of these one day....

Though not really tiki looking, that 1958 South Seas Samoan owns my heart!

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-11-11 12:47 pm   Permalink

OK, I might not have posted the BIGGEST boat here with that Trader Vic outrigger, but here is the SMALLEST:



This is the single game piece that comes in that Kon-Tiki game that aquarij posted above.

How small is it? It is THIS small :


(I provided the "water")


 
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