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Autumn Black Sea sailing, and why I don't like Bermudas.....

I'm Just not racing.....Keep Shunting,Balkan Shipyardshttps://youtu.be/5vVy_q6QngEContinue

Started Nov 19

Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...
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Shunting Proas don't have a fixed stern. Rudders must be raised or moved after every shunt.This VIDEO explains pros and cons of the various systems, why I don't like them and how I plan to modify the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by rael dobkins May 16.

Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...

Shunting Proas don't have a fixed stern. Rudders must be raised or moved after every shunt.This VIDEO explains pros and cons of the various systems, why I don't like them and how I plan to modify the…Continue

Started Apr 2

Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...

Shunting Proas don't have a fixed stern. Rudders must be raised or moved after every shunt.This VIDEO explains pros and cons of the various systems, why I don't like them and how I plan to modify the…Continue

Started Apr 2

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Nov 19
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...
"  If I'm lucky I have a year, probably many don't even have that much.... Money is going to become hard to get, the little one will get wont be enough for what one must give... Soon Anarchy breaks out, and we're back to the law…"
May 16
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...
May 15
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...
"....if I'm lucky, I have another 10 years of real work (ie practical work)/sailing left in me. The criteria I always had for building: build to last -they aren't significant concerns for me any more. The world is heading for catastrophe:…"
May 15
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...
"  Thanx Ian, Wharram taught me lots, so sorry I discovered him later in life.... Sorry I thought building a boat is expensive... It's not cheap, but it's far from expensive, if I only knew what I know today 20 years ago, I would be…"
May 15
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion Proa SELF STEERING? AD-Scull?? Sheet to Tiller??? Lets see...
"Hello Rael- another great video with stimulating ideas from a true inheritor of Wharram. Regarding the epoxy conundrum: why not let stuff rot then replace: this is nature after all. Wabi sabi.  I have another boat in me and want it to be all…"
May 13
rael dobkins posted discussions
Apr 2
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Preparing for sea, Proa physics and a new rudder. Balkan Shipyards
Apr 2
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Dragging anchor is frightening... Balkan Shipyards

Balkan Bay Navi School, today we DRAG ANCHOR, a frightening day... What I did wrong and what I never do anymore... An introduction to anchoring, Balkan Style... Keep Shunting, Balkan Shipyadrshttps://youtu.be/mRMkGDm1AcsSee More
Jan 30
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion The FUTURE is in the PAST! Can U NAVIGATE???
"  Interesting mail Ian, a good read that goes a step deeper... Was my pleasure. Some friends say I'm a rebel, I always considered myself to be the black sheep, I watch the herd from the outside and wonder is all this truly…"
Jan 28
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion The FUTURE is in the PAST! Can U NAVIGATE???
"It may be a surprise to some that a "luddite" is not, historically, a person who wants to break machines but a person who objected to the use of apprentices  (ie children) for skilled work, displacing at a lower rate, those skilled…"
Jan 28
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The FUTURE is in the PAST! Can U NAVIGATE???

NAVIGATING on PAPER people, it's a GREAT PLEASURE!!!An introduction to NAVIGATION Balkan Style...Keep Shunting, Balkan Shipyardshttps://youtu.be/4nUn40YImToSee More
Jan 20
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Proa Philosophy....

A Shunters Autobiography. A Balkan Shipyards History, Off Road Philosophy...Believing is everything 4 d FORCE is STRONG! REVIVAL of the SHUNTER, a Wake-UP CALL to HUMANITY. The FUTURE is in the PAST, Simplicity is NEXT.High TECH was GOOD, it just WENT to FAR... Balkan Shipyardshttp://https://youtu.be/ixIIOUNqF6sSee More
Jan 7
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Black Sea Cruising, Beach HUNTING, 2nd episode.

PROA Black Sea SAILING, 2nd Episode. Off Road SHUNTING and ROUGH sailing, FREESTYLE Cruising and FUN for nothing. Shunters are amazing, and the future......Keep Shunting, Balkan Shipyardshttps://youtu.be/J7s0jVvnsSUSee More
Nov 24, 2021
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion The STORY of a SHIPYARD, Balkan Style...
Nov 5, 2021
chris.t.schupp replied to rael dobkins's discussion The STORY of a SHIPYARD, Balkan Style...
"What a great video. Love the steering- sculling oar."
Nov 5, 2021

Profile Information

I am:
Other Multihull
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
pacific proa, ocean cruiser
Country, City, and State?
bulgaria tryavna
About me or us?
sailed monohulls, always wanted a multi, could never afford one.... so building my dream proa.
Looking to?
revive the pacific proa!
Website:
http://balkanshipyards.com

Rael dobkins's Blog

A pacific proa, with a wharram soul....

 

     Hi, first time here.

So, just wondering what is blogging????

Anyway Crystal Clear is the boat, she's cool and is Bulgarian, as all her spruce and ply are 100% from here.

On Youtube she got a bunch o'films..... Been recording for over 2 years.

  Live in Bulgaria with my wife Jenia, She's the best sailor I know (for me)...

Your success is as Great as your dreams..... That's what i learned here, with the Wharram gang.

  Anyway…

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Posted on January 6, 2016 at 3:23pm

Balkan Shipyards in the UK looking to help you build...

  Hi all, anyway we are spending the winter in the UK

left Bulgaria and our almost finished pacific proa Crystal Clear.....

if you need a hand with your build anywhere in the UK we will be happy to come and give you a push.

below is my last clip, check her out she's a sweet boat.... got a car full of tools too....

  We both got what it takes, and we love Wharrams!!!

hope to hear from someone in need, as we are too.....

  all the best from Balkan…

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Posted on November 12, 2015 at 3:00pm

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