Proas

09 April 2015     0 comments

Demountable 20’ power outrigger in Victoria BC

Sweet Aloha is a 20’ power outrigger built last year by an experienced boat builder. Made of marine plywood and West System epoxy, the boat is sturdy, safe and fast, even with low horsepower. 20’ long by 12’ beam assembled, the boat is demountable and currently in dry storage. Oars, motor, gas tank, life vests and anchor are all included, and best of all, the price is right - FREE! Find it here on Craigslist in Victoria B.C. Thanks to…

Sweet Aloha

20 October 2014     8 comments

Before You Die

If competing in a real offshore multihull race with a decent chance of winning is on your bucket list, and you don’t happen to be a Silicon Valley billionaire, then Harryproa has the program for you!

OBJECTIVE: To enable people to compete in multihull offshore races at reasonable cost, with a very high chance of finishing and a good chance of winning the 40’/12m division. Bucket List costs $US50,000/40.000Euros, ready to sail. This…

Bucket List

01 September 2014     1 comments

Proa Luca Antara nearing completion

Luca Antara is a new 20m (65’-6”) proa nearing completion in Sagres, Portugal, and will be ready for sea trials early 2015, according to the owner and builder, Robin Warde. The hulls are strip-planked western red cedar sheathed in fiberglass both inside and out, with extra carbon fibre strengthening where required - mostly around the masts - but also around the beams. Most of the rest of the boat is built of foam. She features a…

Luca Antara 1

16 August 2014     1 comments

Proa Rig Options: The Sloop

The sloop is the rig of choice on 90% of all modern sailboats. Why not on proas as well? Here’s why.

Rigging a proa as a sloop is a true blending of East and West. The proa is considered the pinnacle of Pacific canoe design, and the sloop is often considered the finest invention of Western "yachting". Brilliant in their own context, what happens when we creatively recombine their DNA?

First consider the sloop. Beautiful, efficient,…

Madness

12 August 2014     2 comments

Proa Rig Options: Gibbons Rig

The story of this rig begins in Hawaii, with Euell - “Have you ever eaten a pine tree?” - Gibbons, a half century ago. Now, thanks to a renewed interest in proas and the easy flow of information on the Internet, the rig has received some new attention, and looks to become a very good proa rig indeed.

Writer and naturalist Euell Gibbons was living in Hawaii and dining on the jungle flora and fauna in the 1950’s. He soon realized that…

Tarawa and the Gibbons Rig

07 August 2014     0 comments

Proa Rig Options: Bolger Rig

John Dalziel gives a summary of his series of experiments on his proa C. L. Brock with a Bolger-type rig. Note: Frequent references are made to Philip C. Bolger’s proa "cartoon", which first appeared in an issue of the late Small Boat Journal, and was later published in Boats with an Open Mind; International Marine, 1994.

The Bolger proa rig echos the unique symmetry of the proa: the airflow reverses direction during a shunt, just…

AYRS Sail

06 August 2014     1 comments

Poland Proa Raid 2014

A report on the 2014 Proa Raid in Poland

We are a group of friends sailing proas from Poland and Germany. Every year we meet to share our experience and to raid together to gain some more experience. Last year we were sailing on the Baltic Sea. We had the same idea this year, after the Proa Conference at Jamno Lake in Poland. But we had to change our plans. The channel between the lake and sea was closed, what we had discovered in the…

Proa Raid 2014

23 July 2014     3 comments

Proa Rig Options: Crab Claw

An overview of the potentials and problems of the remarkable rig of the native Pacific proa.

The Traditional Oceanic sprit rig (aka crab claw) has, in Western eyes, been considered a romantic if not particularly effective rig that most likely compared to the Mediterranean lateen in aerodynamic performance. That is, until famed sailboat aerodynamics researcher C. A. Marchaj published this startling graph in his research paper Planform…

Baurua of kiribati

18 July 2014     1 comments

Proa Rig Options: Overview

The proa has unique requirements for a sailboat rig, the main one being that it is reversible fore and aft. Since no Western craft have this ability, we who are developing the proa for use here in the West are truly in uncharted waters.

The obvious place to look for inspiration is with the traditional proa rig: the Oceanic sprit, developed over thousands of years of ocean voyaging by the Pacific Islanders. This rig, often called the…

Rig Options

08 July 2014     0 comments

The Proafile Primer

The illustrated glossary of bilaterally asymmetrical sailboats.

imageaerohydrofoil  Sailboat concept pioneered by Bernard Smith in the 1960’s and described in his seminal work The 40-Knot Sailboat. Smith’s analysis of sailboat kinetics led him to a groundbreaking design involving no traditional sail or hull, instead utilizing solid airfoils and buoyant hydrofoils, arranged in a proa-like formation. Many of today’s proa advocates credit the…

Proa