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Breaking the rules, Balkan Shipyards.

Sometimes I feel I don't so belong here......But here is where it all started, so maybe I do............Anyway, Summer is here, need a boat! but Since the boat cant walk to the water........We need a…Continue

Started Jun 12

A love and hate Relationship....

At the shipyard we got wheels.now, we just need a boat........https://youtu.be/hz6THep4hA4Oh, please share, And, Keep Shunting........Balkan ShipYards.Continue

Started May 29

Just epoxy it......

A long road of trial and error has forced me to build 2 proas and now the third.......As weird as it seems, shunting is just so cool........Keep Shunting,Balkan Ship Yards.…Continue

Started May 26

Loving epoxy......

A long road of trial and error has forced me to build 2 proas and now the third.......As weird as it seems, shunting is just so cool........Keep Shunting,Balkan Ship Yards.…Continue

Started May 26

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Breaking the rules, Balkan Shipyards.

Sometimes I feel I don't so belong here......But here is where it all started, so maybe I do............Anyway, Summer is here, need a boat! but Since the boat cant walk to the water........We need a car first!!!Just an inside tour of the shipyard and our preparations b4 the next build..........The tools we use, the ones we love, and the best materials in d world........Balkan style.https://youtu.be/P3f1WFNLfkUKeep…See More
Jun 12
rael dobkins posted a discussion

A love and hate Relationship....

At the shipyard we got wheels.now, we just need a boat........https://youtu.be/hz6THep4hA4Oh, please share, And, Keep Shunting........Balkan ShipYards.See More
May 29
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May 26
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Sailing Conclusions, Proa Why Not?....
"Thanks Eric! He is fun but still not done...... I have decided to try and test a different rig that is easier to reef. Very important! All the best, brother. Rael."
Apr 9
Éric Bouvéron replied to rael dobkins's discussion Sailing Conclusions, Proa Why Not?....
"Rael, what a great boat! I am very impressed. I wish you all the best with it, nice sea and fair winds. Bravo! Éric"
Mar 31
rael dobkins posted a discussion

A user friendly proa rig.

Hi all, well it's time to start all over.Lets just turn it all upside down and go from there.....The "LaSHUNK" may be what we were after. easy shunting, easy reefing, low stress and cheap....All d bestBSY.https://youtu.be/gyqTQwh7t5QSee More
Feb 18
rael dobkins left a comment for Axel
"Nice progress!!! love d banana.... Anything but white looks good on a hull....... Good luck with d rest. rael."
Dec 5, 2017
rael dobkins replied to rael dobkins's discussion Sailing Conclusions, Proa Why Not?....
"  Wooden wedges was the way to go in the pacific on proas, probably on cats too.... Love the junk rig,  James Brett from Aukland  uses junks on proas, they seem to work very…"
Nov 10, 2017
Pius Bielowski replied to rael dobkins's discussion Sailing Conclusions, Proa Why Not?....
"You have a lot of love for details. I like the oak wedges. Will cut some asap. Very intressting thoughts about the crab claw rig. The med really calls for the ability to reef. I would consider some sort of junkrig for WHY NOT.  Keep it up and…"
Nov 9, 2017
Axel replied to rael dobkins's discussion Sailing Conclusions, Proa Why Not?....
"Real, sent you a friend request so I can send a personal message. I am here with Vesko in New Mexico. Alex"
Nov 5, 2017
rael dobkins posted a discussion

Sailing Conclusions, Proa Why Not?....

  Hi all, well was a good week sailing in Greece,Very late in the season and a bit chilly, but someones gotta do it.......Finally I know what I want!https://youtu.be/FcMA73EpxSIAll d bestrael.See More
Nov 5, 2017
rael dobkins posted a discussion

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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017

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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

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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