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07 October 2017    0 comments

A Practical Proa

French designer Jérôme Delaunay has completed plans for a 9.9m (32’-6”) cruising proa named VAKA 990. It is a “pacific” type that includes four berths, a WC and some storage. The proa features a free-standing schooner rig of 37.25 m2 (400 sq. ft.) and central daggerboard in the main hull. Steering is via outboard mounted (Viking-style) rudders fore and aft. The central accommodations pod extends out to leeward to function as…

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31 August 2017    0 comments

Proa Construction in Greece

Alex Calothis has submitted his progress on a proa build in Greece.

I grew up in Athens and learnt to sail on optimists when I was about 8, and I have loved sailing ever since.

My father built a 6m catamaran around that time, and it was very fast, but would not turn very easily - long narrow hulls with very little rocker. We often had to perform a three point turn to get her around!! Still, she was a lot of fun. Later he bought a…

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12 August 2017    0 comments

Beauty Matters: the boats of David Trubridge

Celebrated New Zealand artist and designer David Trubridge has turned his creative attention back to boats, where it all began. Trubridge studied naval architecture in his native England, and sailed his small family on a journey that took them to the Caribbean and Polynesia, working their way from place to place, eventually landing and settling in New Zealand. His wooden furniture and lighting designs are now exhibited and sold in…

 pacific outriggers designers

11 August 2017    0 comments

Gary Dierking Interview

Duckworks has a nice interview with one of our favorite canoe designer/builders.

When did you become a boat designer and what was your first real design? I started drawing boats when I was about eight years old, and I built my first one at fifteen from a photo in a magazine. That first project was an eight foot lake scow with an underbody similar to the current Puddle Ducks…

 pacific outriggers designers

03 June 2017    1 comments

Multihulls in the R2AK 2017

The third annual Race to Alaska starting gun goes off at 5:00 am on June 8. 750 miles, no motor, no support from Port Townsend WA to Ketchikan AK. As per the previous races, there will be plenty of multihulls vying for the $10,000 first to finish prize, and perhaps a new course record, though last year’s time of 3d 20h 13m set by Team MAD Dog Racing is a tall order.

New this year is the Buy Back offer: Each team that finishes and…

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21 May 2017    0 comments

Original Polycon 35 in Newport Beach

The original CSK Polynesian Concept 35 is for sale in Newport Beach, CA. This boat was designed and built for Buddy Ebsen, the actor and TV star best remembered for his role as Jeb Clampett in the CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. The listing dealer appears to be banking on the star power of the yacht, but the listing is still worth a look due to the good photos.

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22 March 2017    0 comments

Bedard on the Everglades Challenge 2017

Tarpon Springs FL based smallcraft designer/builder JF Bedard has posted an informative recap of his experience racing the 2017 Everglades Challenge in his self-designed and built micro-cruiser: RoG. Great for any fan of long-distance challenges like the EC and the R2AK. Besides, I am especially taken with Bedard’s diminutive racer, its distinct lack of multiple hulls notwithstanding. Bedard Yacht Design.

 racing designers

03 March 2017    1 comments

Almost Hit a Tree

BROOMSTICK is a 15’ home-designed & built hydrofoil trimaran by Doug Halsey. It first sailed as a foiler in 2004 and has been refined gradually each year since then (only sailing a handful of times per year). Although it wasn’t intended to be the ultimate in speed, it routinely exceeds 20 knots, with a lifetime best speed of 28.7 knots. Box section hulls, round aluminum tube beams, deep-V hydrofoils and used beach cat sails - what’s…

 hydrofoils boatbuilding

03 February 2017    6 comments

Crab claws on ice

A report by Peter Adrian from Sweden on his crab claw rigged iceboat:

Am sailing my second season my modified iceboat: an Isabella Classic with 5m2 (54 sq. ft.) crab claw sail. Just a win-win over all compared against the same boats with conventional Bermuda rig. Just one thing I’ve noticed is she no longer lifts the windward runner at over 60km/h (37 mph).

The yard is made fast to the apex of a bipod mast and fixed to the hull at…

 iceboats crab claw

26 January 2017    1 comments

Poland is Proa Land

The first production proa in a long while hails from Warsaw. Pjoa Laguna is based on Marshall Islands tradition, with a few changes. The form factor and distinctive crab claw sail are certainly “old school” canoe, however this version offers a sun deck, enclosed storage, dismountable for car-topping and storage. Like the original, this canoe is also 100% recyclable (no glass-reinforced plastics).

Read more here, and see them at Boot…

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