Russell Brown at Port Townsend Watercraft is now offering posters of CHEERS to benefit the Newick family. It is a painting by Bruce Alderson depicting the proa in action, racing singlehanded across the North Atlantic in 1968. This is my favorite image of the most famous modern proa in history. The posters belonged to the late Richard C. Newick, and are in limited supply. Find out more here.Read Article
Spring is in the air here in the northern latitudes - the ice is melting, trees are budding, and the forums are becoming more active. Some recent threads of interest:
Bionic Broomstick: Skip launched his 14’ proa on March 13 at Lake Somerville, Texas, for a successful first sail (nothing broke!). The boat is highly experimental and features a buoyant “floil”, stem mounted rudders and a cambered panel staysail. The Broomstick is Skip’s test platform for a larger camp cruising proa.
Simplest Proa Rudders: Dave Culp muses on how to achieve counter-rotating rudders with a minimum of moving parts. A great thread that has taken a life of it’s own via the creative solutions presented by forum members.
Herbie: The Volkscruiser Proa: Your editor attempts the impossible: a simple, safe and fast multihull that is also cheap and easy to build. It is a proa, of course.Read Article
Quick on the heels of the proa Madness, John Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft has announced the new Outrigger Junior as the latest member of the CLC stable. A 15’ plywood stitch-n-glue sailing outrigger, OJ is car-top-able, beach-able, tack-able, build-able and afford-able, so maybe not so crazy after all. Special thanks to Proafile reader Brian P. for the submission!Read Article
Paul Bieker has announced that study plans are now available for the 32’ Jester class proa - a collaboration between himself and Russell Brown. This design has already got the interest meter pegged in the forums and this will only turn it up to eleven.Read Article
This intriguing Pacific proa is from the board of French naval architect Julien Marin. LIttle is known about the design except it is 50’ long and the cassette rudders sit in rotating cylinders, permitting an adjustable draft while maintaining rudder control.Read Article
Not multihull or America’s Cup, but probably the most inspiring sailing story of the year:
“…Seeking a more sustainable way to get his grain to market, the Vermont farmer Erik Andrus conceived the Vermont Sail Freight Project to find out if this model could work again today. In April, he raised more than $15,000 on Kickstarter to build a 39-foot-long plywood sail barge named Ceres (after the Roman goddess of agriculture)...
Last night, Richard C. Newick, one of the great multihull pioneers, passed away. The father of so many brilliant designs, but to a proa obsessed mind, he stands apart because of CHEERS, the “giant slaying” proa of the 1968 OSTAR.
Dick often talked about how in a previous life he must have been a Polynesian outrigger canoe designer, and perhaps that is the best explanation for his gifts. We can only imagine what sort of vessels he will be working on in the next, and no doubt there will be little resting.
Here in Port Townsend, there was a powerful wind storm last night, 40 mph winds with gusts even higher, and then… suddenly, it stopped, like a light switch, flat calm. Never seen anything like it. There will be many eulogies of Richard Newick spoken by men, but there are few men who’s passing is saluted by the very elements with which he worked.
Please share your memories and condolences here.Read Article
The Northwest Multihull Association is hosting Proa Night this coming Tuesday, January 8!
With the new water speed record established by the Vestas Sail Rocket, the new proa kits from Chesapeake Light Craft and a resurgence of interest in Russell Brown’s seminal Jzerro design, proas have become a bit more visible now. We will present video of various proas doing their thing and hear from the eminent naval architect, Paul Bieker, who has long been interested in proas and who is currently noodling on a proa design with Russ Brown.
The NWMA meets at the Puget Sound Yacht Club, 2321 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103.Read Article
I saw mention of this Piver Nugget restoration at Small Trimarans.
The 24-foot, multi-hulled sailboat Kaija was built by Kurt Larsen of Pleasure Point in 1964, stored for almost 40 years and given to Niels Kisling of Capitola two years ago.
Kisling, a historian for the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and board member of the Capitola Historical Museum, held court Sunday at a relaunch party outside the yacht club.
Isn’t it great that multihulls are getting to the age where they are deemed worthy of restoration? Just think, that old Piver rotting out back of your marina might be the equivalent of finding a Duesenberg in your grandfather’s barn. Well, maybe not a Duesenberg, but certainly a Model T.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