24-Foot Sailing Fishing Proa Coconut Sails 4-15-2019
Links to Coconut’s sailing videos are at the bottom of this page; watching them will give you a better idea what she’s all about than still photos. But we have those too:
(Below) Coconut at the dock, early in the Hawaiian morning. Her float is to the right; her crossarms, or connectives, are the beams going over to the left to her main hull (the big one). The bouyancy pod is the thing sticking out on the left; they didn’t have them on the original Stone-Age Pacific proas that Coconut’s design was derived from. A rudder on each end is on the pod side of the boat.
Click below to watch Coconut’s first self-righting trial:
Here are four additional YouTube videos of Coconut sailing (with some overlap in material):
And here’s a video of Coconut NOT capsizing:
Coconut is similar to the 24-foot sailing fishing trimarans Tim built in the Marshall Islands in the 1980’s, except she’s highly resistant to capsize when compared to the 24-foot trimarans, and faster under sail. These are VERY positive improvements for a small boat like this.
Her design comes from Micronesia, and is a couple of thousand years old at least. However, Coconut is built with modern materials such as marine plywood, fiberglass and epoxy, aluminum spars and dacron sails, which improve on her speed, seaworthiness, and safety. In other words, she’s a modern Stone-Age proa.
She’s 2,100 pounds at design waterline, that’s 1,000 pounds of boat, rig and gear, two 200-lb people, 400 lbs of fish, 200 lbs of ice, and 100 lbs of fishing gear. She’s 22 inches wide at her waterline amidships on a 22-foot waterline, for a 12:1 waterline fineness ratio. She’s fast under sail, and two people can paddle her at 3 knots when the wind quits.
Paddle? Yeah, in places where gas is $8/gallon (if they have any) they’ll be real happy with how easily she paddles!
She’s bolted together, and can be disassembled and trailered in about two hours from on the trailer to in the water ready to sail. There’s a daggerboard in the ama (outrigger) which helps with leeway.