Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Crab Claw Rig

Of Polynesian decent... this rig pretty much develops its distinctive shape just by putting some bamboo yards onto the rig and hoisting it while hold the lower yard down. A small rope holding the small end of the bamboo yards. helps establish the crab claw shape.

It efficiency rivals that of the most modern rigs rigs around.

This is a shunting pacific proa where the boat can sail in either direction. The ama or small outrigger will always be on the upwind side... most proas have pretty small amas. I would say this one is rather large compared to the main hull but I wanted to allow for supporting a person out on the outrigger frame.

We shall see... thats what sea trials are for and hopefully that is not too far away.

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