The Cargo Proa

28 December 2017     Editor    5 Comments.

Praocargo 12m model on Vimeo. Cargo vessel could be the role the proa configuration will claim as its own.

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30 Dec - 08:03


Hi Michael, Greetings and Happy New Year from Victoria, B.C. Thanks for posting this. Nice to see they have a working model of the concept. Some good ideas in it. Having built a few multis over the years, the one thing that really stands out in all of them (without exception), is the terrible lack of buoyancy in those sharp bows. Sure, they can be made super tall, or put waaay out there in the front, but it's a huge drawback and creates all kinds of problems. Why not have a spoon-like/scow type bow (and stern for proa!)...a la some of the Mini Transat boats that have been cleaning up on the race circuits? Any thoughts/suggestions? All the best and Cheers for now, Claudio

30 Dec - 10:25


Hi Claudio, happy new year back to you. For me the problem with a scow bow proa is the stern, or rather, the rounded scow bow when it becomes the transom. I think it will be draggy at speed, not permitting a clean exit from the transom. But that's just musing, I think a model should be built to test it.

30 Dec - 11:16


Hi Michael, Re the rounded stern: Yes, could be. ..."I think a model should be built to test it"... Okay...I'm on it. I'll be in touch. Cheers, c

01 Jan - 20:04

Valéry Gaulin

I am also interested by this rounded bow thing on Catamaran, proa or multihull. I propose this concept in a forum, boatdesing, a couple month ago. A bow desing like a mini transat on a long slender hull. Why not! If you have a working model let me know. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

24 Feb - 16:36


The scow-like bows on the latest Mini-transats are designed for boats that heel substantially. That circumstance does not apply to proas. However, Commodore Monroe used them on a couple of his proas. I'm presuming they worked to some extent, at least. I'd be very interested in your results from your model, Claudio, if and when you have any.