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New Workshop, before starting our next build.... Balkan Shipyards
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  Hi guys, some thoughts on Proas from Balkan Shipyards.....Next, the HAVAYA 30 ocean cruiser, 10 years of proa design and building from BSY…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by rael dobkins Dec 1, 2020.

Cruising conclusions of our cruising Proa....
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Not a Wharram, but very close..... As a catamaran maniac that is as broke as the church mouse....This we can afford! and we cruise big time.... the fancy yachts in my port just cant match us!Pacific…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Nemier Oct 5, 2020.

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rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion New Workshop, before starting our next build.... Balkan Shipyards
"Interesting man, moving is the way of travelers, I suppose... I know those sprit square rigs, though reefing is the most important feature on a Proa, in my opinion.... So we gonna Junk Rig her, or to put it perfectly We gonna LaSHuNK her.... Best…"
Dec 1, 2020
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion New Workshop, before starting our next build.... Balkan Shipyards
"There is a model of an Oru with the rig on the Maritime Museum Greenwich website; https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/7022.html"
Dec 1, 2020
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion New Workshop, before starting our next build.... Balkan Shipyards
"I started off as a joiner, having taught myself everything I knew  -after graduating with a Cambridge degree I never used (hated Cambridge University as well), gradually did more and more carpentry, it always paid better for one thing. Later I…"
Dec 1, 2020
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion New Workshop, before starting our next build.... Balkan Shipyards
"  Seems like the force wasn't by your side my friend.... That's some harsh stuff happened to you over the years. I too, had me ups and  downs but in my way....    I like my place, got some good machines and space,…"
Dec 1, 2020
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion New Workshop, before starting our next build.... Balkan Shipyards
"I really like your videos. Looking at your workshop there I did a brief resume of all the joinery workshops/boatsheds etc that I have owned, rented, or constructed : at least 15. When you are in a place with other artisans and their workshops-…"
Dec 1, 2020
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New Workshop, before starting our next build.... Balkan Shipyards

  Hi guys, some thoughts on Proas from Balkan Shipyards.....Next, the HAVAYA 30 ocean cruiser, 10 years of proa design and building from BSYhttps://youtu.be/C0g0u38CfzMSee More
Nov 30, 2020
Andy Nemier replied to rael dobkins's discussion Cruising conclusions of our cruising Proa....
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Oct 5, 2020
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Cruising conclusions of our cruising Proa....

Not a Wharram, but very close..... As a catamaran maniac that is as broke as the church mouse....This we can afford! and we cruise big time.... the fancy yachts in my port just cant match us!Pacific Proa Make O'Break cruising Video, Conclusions, and explanations, why, what and how, free style boat design, Balkan Style......................Sailing is what u make it, Just build it! Balkan ShipyardsVIDEO BELOW …See More
Oct 5, 2020
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Jun 3, 2020
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Rigging WHY NOT? Junk Riggs and proas, a Balkan story....

The winds of change are blowing hard! gotta move my boats out! My workshop got sold. so, instead of just moving, we're going sailing! A story about a proa, that can't fly...... So we gonna lug him Chinese style, LaSHuNK Style, Balkan Style......The Video explains Proa Junk Rigging, better than words. http://https://youtu.be/o4vmI1Wbc2sKeep Shunting, Balkan ShipyardsSee More
May 17, 2020
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion From Crab Claws to Junk Riggs...
"Happy you like our stuff, Proas are special.....  Thanks Eric"
May 10, 2020
Éric Bouvéron replied to rael dobkins's discussion From Crab Claws to Junk Riggs...
"Very nice video. Congratulations for your work. Beautifull boats."
May 9, 2020
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From Crab Claws to Junk Riggs...

A short Vid showing 3 proa builds and the different rigs.....https://youtu.be/BZ2LjZ7bnV4See More
May 8, 2020
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Sailing Israel on 'Touch Wood' A Tiki 38

What a great Cruise, Heading south in the Med, cruising off Tel Aviv Israel on a Tiki 38........Had the time of my life, the clip below tells our story.All the best, Balkan Shipyards.https://youtu.be/MNcClF05L0cSee More
Dec 24, 2019
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Micro Cruising to the limits.... Balkan Shipyards.

  7 Long years have finally come to an end.....Our new Micro Cruiser is up for  any job! Tough and safe, light and compact he will go anywhere....Pacific Proa Make O'Break Micro cruising the Greek Islands, from Balkan Shipyards.https://youtu.be/Z9-96ncQ9egSee More
Oct 24, 2019
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Sep 15, 2019

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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

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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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