Yes, there's a lot of shallow water
, especially where the most beautiful white sand beaches are. Regarding blending in with a motorized banka, that's not a bad idea. As a kid, moons ago, my dad and I rented paraws which are essentially large bankas with sails
(and no auxiliary motors).
To be clear though, those bankas are not trimarans. They are essentially monohulls with outriggers on each side. They can still easily tip over - once an outrigger is fully submerged.
You'll need to have a minimum of 2 drive these boats (one at the helm
, another on either side of the outrigger) to ensure the boats remain balanced when sailing up wind
. I would highly recommend having a local experienced boatman with you when doing this as it requires a highly nimble and fearless athlete standing on the outrigger's mid section shifting his/her weight to achieve optimum speed and balance while holding on to the rigging
There's an annual paraw race
in Iloilo, typically a big event. This year's regatta
was held only last week. The local boatmen take this race
very seriously. Google
Iloilo paraw regatta
and you should be able to learn more about it. Iloilo City is in the island of Panay in western Visayas. It has one of the oldest harbors in the country mainly used for commerce and transport.
I hope this link works:
A Perspective of the Paraw
It could be a very interesting project
to build one. Many happy childhood memories for me. This was when I first fell in love with sailing.
Another local design is called a "batil." As you sail around the Philippines
you may notice some large wooden full keel
wide hulled sailboats. They've been used for centuries in the Philippines mainly to transport cargo and still used today. Interestingly the origins of the batil are also traced back to Iloilo. I myself am curious how much those cost as they can be easily converted to a live aboard - now that's blending in!
Fair winds and stay safe