Boatbuilding

27 January 2019     1 comments

Coconut - the 24’ sailing fishing proa

Coconut is a 24’ sailing fishing proa being built in Honokaa, Hawaii by Tim Mann, for employment in Micronesia as a lagoon taxi, fishing boat and small copra hauler. She is a proof of concept for Tim’s vision of “carbon-negative” modern technology vessels competing boat for boat against the gasoline-powered craft now so ubiquitous in the islands.

“She’s lashed together. Outboard-hung kick-up rudders lash onto the boat also; when they…

 proas / pacific / boatbuilding 

Tim Mann's Coconut proa

28 February 2018     5 comments

First of the 500

The 500 Sails Project has launched their first wapa. The Sakman Neni is a modern recreation of a traditional Mariana sailing canoe - or flying proa - as documented by Anson in 1734. It employs a Derek Kelsall KSS method fiberglass composite hull combined with bamboo connectives and lashings.

The name “500 Sails” was inspired by the arrival of the Spanish galleon San Pedro at Guam in 1565, when it was met by the Chamorros in their…

 proas / pacific / boatbuilding 

Sakman Neni

26 November 2017     4 comments

A Modular Touring Walap

Jan Stute and Siegfried Wagner have designed and built a modular camp-cruiser proa that was recently exhibited at Hanseboot in Hamburg. The design is based on a classic Pacific island sailing canoe, or walap, including a crab claw sail and deep-V asymmetrical hull, though realized in modern plywood and epoxy. The hull comes apart into three sections to make storage and transport more flexible.

We like the optional canoe dinghy, which…

 proas / new designs / boatbuilding 

Hanseboot

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…

 proas / boatbuilding 

Proa construction

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 

Broomstick

04 February 2016     0 comments

Russell Brown Refits a G32

Russell Brown of PT Watercraft is refitting a venerable Gougeon G32 in his shop this winter, and best of all, he’s blogging all the details! Sort of like hanging out in his shop, but a lot better because he’s still able to actually gets stuff done. If you’ve ever wanted to see how carbon fiber, epoxy and a vacuum bag all come together to make multihull magic (and who hasn’t?) then head on over to gougeon32.blogspot.com.

 catamarans / boatbuilding 

G32

16 November 2014     0 comments

Best In Show

Congratulations are in order for Larry Haff who won Best in Show - Contemporary Class at the Mid-Atlantic Small Boat Festival in St. Michaels, Maryland. He entered his cedar strip-planked Ulua outrigger canoe, a design of New Zealand based Gary Dierking. Via Gary’s blog: Outrigger Sailing Canoes.

 outriggers / boatbuilding 

Larry Haff's Ulua

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…

 proas / boatbuilding 

Luca Antara 1

19 August 2012     0 comments

Der Kanu Mann

Der Kanu Mann is René Richard Hohmann, a German boatbuilder/artist who is building Pacific proas like Stradivarius built violins. If you’re into wood working perfection and sailing canoes (and who isn’t?) then these examples are masterpieces. See more of his work at Derkanumann.de

There is a curious German affinity for the canoes of Oceania that perhaps harken back to an unwanted gift:

In 1900-1930, one in twenty of all postcards of…

 proas / boatbuilding 

Hohmann proa

20 January 2012     0 comments

Can your trimaran do this?

“Dr. Frank” Smoot is the ultimate DIY sailor. He began his sailboat design career in 2009 with this and has progressed to this in only two years. His latest is the most ingenious small trimaran I’ve ever seen. If he continues at his Moore’s Law rate of improvement he should be building America’s Cuppers out of plywood/epoxy in about 6 months.

I want to make it clear right up front that I am definitely not a professional boat builder…

 trimarans / boatbuilding 

a DIY tri in progress