Sunday, August 24, 2008

The proa Pjoa

The 6.8 meter proa Pjoa built in Poland by Janusz Ostrowski is one of the finest examples of a traditional design rendered in modern materials. Pjoa has performed beyond his expectations as you can see from the many videos available on YouTube.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Vestas Sailrocket

The Vestas Sailrocket is making impressive attempts at breaking the 50 knot speed barrier for sailing craft. There is much good information about the design and structure at the Sailrocket website.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Malibu Outrigger

It was around 1949 when Warren Seaman launched the first Malibu Outrigger, the forerunner of beach launched multihulls such as the Hobie Cat. The 18' 10" Malibus were almost all home-built and provided amazing performance with their 192 Sq feet of sail area.
Tim Anderson has posted the Malibu sailing manual and many photos at his website.
There is also a Yahoo group devoted to the Malibu. Plans can still be ordered from an address at the Yahoo site for US$50.