Originally Posted by lucdekeyser
Exactly. I like your use of the word shuttle. It conveys better what happens during a shunt. This construction also demonstrates in absurdum how effectively simple proa's are for the very same sailing advantages.
Actually I meant shunt but that's neither here nor there.
For a small dingy type application I really like the proa idea for it's simplicity. This thing does not look simple by any stretch of the imagination.
Some day I have to finish the 14' proa that is sitting in my brother-in-laws pole barn. It's largely built but needs finish work. The problem is we headed out cruising.
- All but the main hull can be quickly dissassembled and stored in the extra cabin
or the whole thing can hang from the davits
(estimated weight 60-80lbs).
- With the narrow hulls, it should padle as easily as a canoe.
- A little 2hp outboard
on the cross arm should move it along nicely
- A simple lateen sail is planned with a mounting point on the cross arms to use a paddle as a rudder.
- High freeboard compared to an inflatable
should make it dry.
- With a ladder mounded between the hulls, it should be easy and stable to climb in and out from the water
- Solid hull so no holes like inflatables get.