17 March 2005     0 comments.

Rustic Schooner launched

The Nigel Irens designed “Rustic Schooner” catamaran was launched from Constellation Yachts in January 2005. I really like this boat - it proves that modern multihulls don’t all need to be hi-tech spaceships. “Sequoya” is a 64’ LOA x 28’ beam day charter cat built from plywood - and it’s one of the few big cats that will actually improve the view of the harbor in which it’s anchored. Check out the photo gallery at Constellation Yachts.

 just launched catamarans

08 March 2005     0 comments.

Manu Kai: Hawaiian double canoe

Manu Kai [Bird of the Sea] is a voyaging double canoe: a sailing catamaran for raids, beach cruising, and coastal sailing. It’s designed to be simple, tough, swift, safe, environmentally friendly, and economical to own and to manufacture. It is the sort of small cruiser that I wish were on the market—that Hobie Cat® would make.

LOA: 23’
Beam (sailing): 12’-0”
Beam (trailer): 8’-6”
Weight (approx): 750 lbs.
Draft: 1’-11”
SA: 205 sq.…

Manu kai sailplan

30 January 2005     0 comments.

A bloody fine first day with a crab claw 1

Part One of an account originally posted on the ProaFile Discussion Group. We all thought it was a wicked good story. By Wade Tarzia.

My girlfriend tells the story about her father who saw someone waste a few hundred dollars on some unworkable scheme, and he wisely observed it had been money well spent because “how often can you get a lesson that lasts a life-time for just a few hundred bucks?”  My own father, well, I think he would…

 proas boatbuilding adventure

21 January 2005     0 comments.

About Proafile

PROAFILE is an online journal devoted to outrigged sailing canoes and especially the proa, that unique and fascinating invention of the seafaring peoples of Oceania. We are interested in all aspects of outrigger sailing vessels, including research, history, design, building, sailing, racing and cruising.

More than those of any other island group, the sailing craft of the Marianas Islands, by reason of their swiftness and elegance,…

Canoes of Oceana

20 January 2005     1 comments.

The Case for the Steering Oar

By Gary Dierking

Steering is one of the great challenges of proa design. The one who finally designs a steering system that a) shunts easily, b) controls the canoe both while at speed and while stationary during a shunt, c) is hydrodynamically efficient, d) is immune to underwater hazards, and e) is simple and foolproof, will have discovered the proa “holy grail”. Could it be that the Pacific Islanders have already invented such a…


11 January 2005     0 comments.

The zen of proa

By John Dalziel

When you stop to think of it, sailing and sailboats are a rather peculiar passion, one which non-sailors rarely understand. We are often asked: why sails; why do we not simply use an outboard? We have, of course, quite a number of personal responses, which are essentially statements that we enjoy it. But beneath that lies another, broader truth: within many hobbies such as sailing lie important reservoirs of…


07 January 2005     0 comments.

Testing with models - part 2

From the Proafile Archives. Originally posted 1999

After my exciting but ultimately unsatisfying flirtation with anti-heeling Bruce foils for my proa scale model, I went out and bought my first computer. We all know what a huge time sink that is, so the proa and any model testing pertaining to it went onto a very remote back burner. This turned out to be perfect timing, since once I discovered the internet, I gradually found other…

 proas models

03 January 2005     0 comments.

Testing with models - part 1

From the Proafile Archives. Originally posted 1999

After the disastrous first sail of my 26’ proa Rozinante, and after waiting a suitable time for my emotional wounds to heal, I decided I needed to do some research and testing. Research was easy, since there is practically nothing out there to read on proa design. One notable exception is the Amateur Yacht Research Society (AYRS) which has published many a paper about proas over the…

 proas models