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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…Continue

Started May 17

From Crab Claws to Junk Riggs...
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A short Vid showing 3 proa builds and the different rigs.....https://youtu.be/BZ2LjZ7bnV4Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by rael dobkins May 10.

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Jun 3
rael dobkins posted a discussion

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
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
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
rael dobkins posted a discussion

From Crab Claws to Junk Riggs...

A short Vid showing 3 proa builds and the different rigs.....https://youtu.be/BZ2LjZ7bnV4See More
May 8
rael dobkins posted a discussion

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
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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
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, 2019
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, 2019
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Poplar Marine???
Sep 1, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 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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