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Ultra lightweight deck+nonskid, DIY...

Hi all, finally decking and getting ready for sea trials.....Cant wait! So, the final assembly of his new lightweight deck......And NON SKID!!! all over.....The affordable way.....…Continue

Started Sep 8

Simple hatches and strong akas....

  Hi all, final details before see trials....Proa WHY NOT?https://youtu.be/3osZ2fm18U8All d bestRaelContinue

Started Aug 28

Proa WHY NOT? sailing!!!

  Here he is guys.Finally showing off..... A good day flying away......https://youtu.be/3osZ2fm18U8All d best.BSY.Continue

Started Aug 20

Proa WHY NOT? finally assembled!

  Hi all, well, getting close....almost wet, time to rig.here he is: https://youtu.be/TzPBophSA1Yall d best.BSY.Continue

Started Jul 31

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Ultra lightweight deck+nonskid, DIY...

Hi all, finally decking and getting ready for sea trials.....Cant wait! So, the final assembly of his new lightweight deck......And NON SKID!!! all over.....The affordable way.....https://youtu.be/__3Nxj5UQZsProa WHY NOT?from Balkan Shipyards.all d best.See More
Sep 8
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Proa WHY NOT? finally assembled!

  Hi all, well, getting close....almost wet, time to rig.here he is: https://youtu.be/TzPBophSA1Yall d best.BSY.See More
Jul 31
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Proa Why Not? Epoxy steel primer....???....

  Hi all,good stuff, cheap and strong, sands perfect also.....I believe it will last.....https://youtu.be/e2mALQjjHX0all d bestBSY.See More
Jul 10
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Time to think about wings....

  Getting there, Vaka almost done.....Time to look into crab claw size and angle..... details, details.....all d best.https://youtu.be/d8OeTu_xJ7Erael.See More
Jun 8
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Total Proa Build episode 8

    Hi all, Vaka done, time to paint....But we all know, how much fun it is to sand epoxy b4 paint.....cant wait!!! except for that, ama, daggerboard, spars akas.... lots to do. Anyway, Vaka is done!https://youtu.be/kx8VgLzcCj8all d bestrael.See More
Jun 4
Jeremy Walker replied to rael dobkins's discussion Total Proa Build episode 7
"“shunting outrigger canoes” are pretty much where it all started and I guess if the world had preferred to keep things clear and simple, that  an outrigger ama kept to windward would basically describe a proa. A log ama is again the…"
Jun 2
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Total Proa Build episode 7
"  Thanx for the very supporting point of view Jeremy. Sometimes I wonder my self what am I doing, is this path I chose to walk down the correct one for me??? Or is it taking me to a dead end... You know it I'm sure, failure, sorrow,…"
Jun 1
Jeremy Walker replied to rael dobkins's discussion Total Proa Build episode 7
"Rael, your work on plywood craft with bi-lateral asymmetry (or proas) is noteworthy. Most people who have dabbled with this type of craft, have dropped out and have gone the conventional multihull route. I suppose we (you and I) have a thing in…"
May 31
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Total Proa Build episode 7

Hi all, here's WHY NOT? b4 paint.....vaka is done, and now to the ama.......as a proa he is different to a cat, but his sole too belongs in the pacific.https://youtu.be/ckJ_f2dyR5Uall d best.BSY. See More
May 27
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Water is always water, The wind will always shape it.......

The lake in town....like a flat screen T.V.all d best.   Balkan Shipyards.https://youtu.be/KWA7pjWevt0 See More
May 7
rael dobkins posted a discussion

There's no mistake that cant get fixed with epoxy.......

  Hi allbuilt it for a few daystore it to pieces....then did it again........    Why Not's? lee pod..... https://youtu.be/dFRCXG03AY0all d bestrael.See More
Mar 9
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Proa WHY NOT? total build episode 2

  His face lift goes on...from day sailor to micro cruiser..... total build, on a shoe string.2nd episode, from Balkan Shipyards.https://youtu.be/iHOS6TjNtwkall d best.rael See More
Feb 23
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion The inspiration I got from Wharrams lead to this.....
"  I looked at your Photos, nice trip with your Tiki 21. looking at the root you sailed, I too enjoyed the memories of sailing to Tsarevo. from Korfu Greece, we took the exact same root.... How I miss those days......   Then at the end of…"
Feb 15
Pius Bielowski replied to rael dobkins's discussion The inspiration I got from Wharrams lead to this.....
"Wow! Quite a bit of thinking and smart solutions went into this boat. I will have to watch that video at least five times more to get all the details.  Nice to be reminded of our time in Tsarevo as well. Keep it up!"
Feb 13
rael dobkins posted a discussion

from Day sailor to baby micro cruiser....

  Hi all Proa Why Not? is so sweet that I'm gonna convert him into a micro cruising, camping, shoestring, poor man wanna go sailing..... sailor.  here is the first episode of his total face lift.... his ama.All d best,  Balkan Shipyards.https://youtu.be/8BdhepXFDTQ See More
Feb 12
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion The inspiration I got from Wharrams lead to this.....
Feb 6

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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