ProaRaider Posted May 15 Report Share Posted May 15 Hello, I want to build a racing/expedition proa for use in the Texas 200 and/or Everglades Challenge using Kudzu style fuselage construction to keep the weight as far down as possible; I also want to cartop it or tow it behind a foldable bicycle so that puts a pretty hard weight limit on it. There are very few sailing skin-on-frame boats at all, and only one existing proa, so I'm having trouble finding resources on how exactly the boat should be reinforced to handle the dramatically increased stresses of sailing at relatively high speeds. I know it's possible because this boat exists: https://proafile.com/multihull-boats/article/palindrome-sof-proa-for-the-r2ak ...but I've tried every avenue I can think of to talk to the guy who built that boat, and can't get ahold of him. I specifically want to base my boat on the plans for Gary Dierking's Ulua, which I've seen built skin on frame before, but not in a sailing configuration: https://duckworks.com/ulua-plans/ I'd stretch the vaka to 24', the aka to about the same for high righting moment, and the ama to 16', and add a Dutch style leeboard for windward performance, but I'm really at a loss as to what modifications the hull itself needs for sailing. I'm kind of rambling now, but I've been thinking about this for literal years at this point and I want to make it happen this year. Does anyone have any advice about sailing a fuselage boat? Thank you in advance for anything you could tell me! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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