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Sea trials, huge success!

Hi all, works flawlessly a modern junk rig mounted onto our latest proa Make O'Break.....the result was above all expectations..... Fast and Safe hardcore sailing in a lumpy Black Sea....Balkan…Continue

Started Sep 15

Junk Rig Shunting Proa, flying away..........

  Hi all, the VIDEO below says it all...Well it took only 7 long years, 3 boats endless failure to finally hit the nail on the head!Here he is, sailing fast in a lumpy Black sea, Pacific Proa Make…Continue

Started Sep 15

Poplar Marine???
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  Poplar is amazing wood, farmed like corn, planted around industrial areas it drinks polluted water as it fights air pollution.... A tough tree that is truly green........  After harvesting it's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian R Sep 8.

A long Road comes to an end! Junk Rigged!!
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Guys I know it's not a Wharram, but loving Wharrams introduced me to Pacific Proas........It's been a hard journey of trial and error with shunting rigs.... This rig, the "LaSunk" is close to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Levi Verwoest Aug 29.

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Sep 15
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion Poplar Marine???
"Having lived in a yurt (ger) for over a year: I realised while thinking about Poplar that it would be an excellent timber for yurt spars.  Protected from the weather, easily varnished etc, changed when required easily as they are just socketed…"
Sep 8
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion Poplar Marine???
"Hello- my boat was constructed by me with BS 1088 constructional ply supplied by Robbins Timber. I am fully aware of the parameters of BS 1088 marine ply, which refer to the performance of the adhesive. The ply veneers were rated as durable in this…"
Sep 7
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Poplar Marine???
Sep 1
Ian R replied to rael dobkins's discussion Poplar Marine???
"I have a wood in France by a stream with many huge tall clean poplar. I have processed and sold 1000's of m2 of timber eg oak as a business. Poplar: strong timber- but not at all durable. Only good when protection is 100%, which is never,…"
Aug 31
Levi Verwoest replied to rael dobkins's discussion A long Road comes to an end! Junk Rigged!!
"Thanks for the info.  And thanks for sharing your experimenting, love your ideas"
Aug 29
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Poplar Marine???

  Poplar is amazing wood, farmed like corn, planted around industrial areas it drinks polluted water as it fights air pollution.... A tough tree that is truly green........  After harvesting it's wood makes the strongest plywood per weight on the planet.Could this be the next multihull plywood????  I hope so!The video below, proves the point pretty well..........Keep Shunting, Balkan Shipyards.https://youtu.be/rncRwz2fOW4See More
Aug 28
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion A long Road comes to an end! Junk Rigged!!
"My Sculling oar is designed by Mr Atsushi Doi, a true sculling oar genius, he shares his ideas free of charge on youtube and other places on the net. To find his youtube channel, search for ad-scull or use his name.  It sculls very well and…"
Aug 19
Levi Verwoest replied to rael dobkins's discussion A long Road comes to an end! Junk Rigged!!
"That is a very interesting set-up. Looks like it works quite well. Curious about your steering oar, does it scull too? What is the purpose of the bend?  I have used a horizontal sculling oar, but the bend was opposite. Biggest downfall of the…"
Aug 19
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A long Road comes to an end! Junk Rigged!!

Guys I know it's not a Wharram, but loving Wharrams introduced me to Pacific Proas........It's been a hard journey of trial and error with shunting rigs.... This rig, the "LaSunk" is close to perfect! So simple it's ridiculous! Full sailing video below.https://youtu.be/Gao_VIss-nY  Balkan Shipyards.See More
Aug 17
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A junk rigged Shunting proa...

  Hi all, It's wharrams that got me here, so I think I should share our long and rough road of our out rigger canoes...... Wharrams, taught me there is another way, it's not all monohulls built in white plastic.... Meet Pacific Proa "Make O'Break" from Balkan Shipyards. Our third proa on the never ending search to finally tame these amazing vessels and make them work in a white mans hands......  Launching soon, Meet the "LaShunk" our Lateen rigged Sunting Junk, the video below shows all the…See More
Aug 6

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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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