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Proa Rig

When starting to build this boat I was so proud to announce that it would not have a mast, rudder, or fin keel and no moving parts below the waterline. Well, early tests did teach me that sailing with a kite close to shore is not always possible, but with a “normal” sail it is. Therefore I decided not to be so attached to the idea of no mast and give AIVIA a sail, as a backup, and or to sail in and out of the harbors. As it had been simple, I got convinced to try Windsurf Sail the prototype. One could have known that it would not work well. Windsurf sails are made… Read More »Proa Rig

Kite Sailing

Finally the first proper kite sail. That was fun! It worked super well until the lashing got loose, which when we made them where rather temporary. We did not have a kite rig jet. The kite was just attached to a person and depending on where the kite pilot was sitting the proa would adapt its course. To shunt the kite pilot just had to walk into the middle and then the other side end of the proa. Unfortunately, we could not test for very long – two shunts – then the lashings were getting very loose and could have slipped off in which case the hulls would have fallen on their side. So we… Read More »Kite Sailing