Dmitri Orlov makes some of his typically thought provoking and inflammatory observations on “square boats”. He is no fan of the keelboat, that’s for sure. I only bring it up because we have plenty of interest in barge hull proas on the forum, and of course, proas avoid the whole deep keel problem by sticking the ballast out to windward - where Tangaroa intended.Read Article
To remind us that not all proas are watercraft, we exhibit the 1958 Zündapp Janus. This tiny treasure is part of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, which is contracting with RM Auctions to liquidate its inventory, with just under 200 Microcars to be auctioned off without reserve over two days.Read Article
Archival video footage of some golden oldie multihulls, including CHEERS sailing in Newport after finishing third in the 1968 OSTAR. Proaporn begins at 7:20.
1968’s London’s OSTAR (Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race) featured a large fleet of capable entrants, mostly traditional monohull types with a few of the relatively newer multihull yachts mixed in. Among the latter group was a little yellow proa designed by Dick Newick.
Special thanks to Proafile forum member Johannes for this submission!Read Article
If you ever wanted to watch a proa being built, now is your chance. Alex is building a 12m proa in Thailand using the stressform (tortured plywood) method as outlined in The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction, and he’s sharing his build photos on the forum! Check out the speedy progress in just one month: Nixe Proa BuildRead Article
I know I’ll probably get a lot of flack for saying this, but I think solar cell powered ocean transportation is almost as likely as a perpetual motion machine. MS Turanor PlanetSolar, after all their high tech geekiness, managed a circumnavigation that does indeed demonstrate what solar power is capable of achieving: going around the world at about the same rate as Kon Tiki.Read Article
Before Steve and Linda Dashew became famous for their innovative blue water cruising yachts, both power and sail, they raced catamarans at the center of the growing multihull movement - Southern California in the early 60’s. Steve has put up a page at Set Sail with some great archival images of the catamaran racing scene back in the day. Rudy Choy, Warren Seaman, Bob Reese, Mickey Munoz, Phil Edwards, they knew and raced them all. Go check it out.Read Article
Proafile will be blacked out on January 18 in protest against proposed legislation in the United States – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. We’re also supposed to be getting a huge snow storm in Seattle tonight, so if Proafile is not back online by Jan 19, you’ll know why!Read Article
I found this electric-powered mini-camper by architect Jay Nelson at Tiny House Blog. I like the faceted, polyhedron style, all done up in plywood, plexiglass and epoxy. See more of his work at JayNelsonArt.comRead Article
Well look at that, Santa’s got a new sled! Hope everyone got the present they really wanted this year… *checking stocking* nope, just more coal. Ah well… hope yours was a merry Xmas, and happy new year!
Santa pic straight from the horse’s mouth.Read Article
I have a longstanding interest in pneumatic (pressurized) engineering structures. Blame it on Jacques Cousteau and his Zodiacs making a strong impression at an early age. For boats, inflatable hulls make all kinds of sense, being unusually light, strong, tough, and repairable. I even made a concept sketch of an inflatable hulled proa.
Here is Kurt Heiligenmann’s design for an inflatable beach cat - the Smartkat. Hate the name (I always hated the Smart Car because it implied that whoever purchased it was also “smart” and conversely, those of us who didn’t were less so), but this boat really IS brilliant. A 14’, 93 lb. rocket that fits into two canvas bags - store your beach cat in the closet, under the bed, or take it on your next flight to Ibiza.Read Article