COP26 Climate Conference

We are proud and honored to get the opportunity to advocate for climate action as part of the delegation of the Marshall Islands at COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. We had two very nice events where we presented the achievements of Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) in gaining climate change resilience by reviving the traditional outrigger canoe.

A recorded video of our session is here available on demand (requires free registration).

News from the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Island Journal (local newspaper of the Marshall Islands) has published a nice article about the successful collaboration between Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM), Proasis and the Low Carbon Sea Transport Project. WAM has just launched a slightly smaller version of our Proasis with sustainable fishing in mind. Kommol tata for the great work!

Performance Measurement

Henrik hast developed a data logger to collect performance data for polar plots for the Marshall Islands project on low carbon sea transport. The loggers collects samples of GPS speed, heading and wind speed and direction simultaneously. The data is collected and will be processed soon!

It is planned to test the device on traditional canoes too.

Biocide free antifouling

Fouling (marine growth on the bottom of boats and ships) is a big problem for shipping worldwide. Excessive growth of barnacles, algae etc. increases the friction between hull and water and therefore leading to high fuel consumption and unnecessary GHG emissions.

The conventional solution are toxic bottom paints which slowly leach microplastic and biocides into the water. This is a big problem for the marine environment taking into account the thousands of big and small ships out there.

The Dutch company Finsulate has invented a biocide free (non-toxic) antifouling solution. Manfred Bauer, the local distributor of our area has invited us to an application training.

Innovations like this have the potential to make a real impact. We will trial the Finsulate material and report regularly about the results in the future. In a first step three identical test bodies will be deployed at our mooring: One equipped with Finsulate Seagrade, one with conventional Ultra 600 bottom paint and the third one without any specific antifouling measure.

Check out www.antifoulingfolie-sh.de and www.finsulate.com for further information!

2nd Birthday

On this day, two years ago, the first post was published on www.proas.is. Thanks to all our supporters we’ve come a long way in these two years!

From the very first sketches and calculations over various model tests and real size mockups we’ve made it through endless hours of laminating fiberglass, gluing, sanding and painting. Now we have a beautiful sailing proa and can start to work on the real mission: climate action now!

Proasis Launched!

After 2 years of designing and building proasis, finally the day has come and she touched the water of the Baltic Sea for the very first time!

This was a very special moment for everyone involved. We would like to thank all the supporters who helped to assamble her and put her into the water and the sailing department of the STS Surendorf. The launche was a great community effort and a prime example what a group with a common interest can achive.

Setting up the test rigg

Last weekend we set up our test rigg for the first time. Made out of old windsurf-masts, a piece of Bangkirai wood and our polytarp sail we built two years ago. We are looking forward to test it soon! The real sail will have a better shape, some other improvements and less wrinkles ;-), but for the first sea-trials it will be sufficient.

Some impressions:

Henrik is lashing spars together
link surfmasts together
sail up! – with provisional mast.

Rudder Mounts under Construction

As promised 2 weeks ago some more detailed shots of the rudder mounts:

The rudders hang on triangle mounts , one on each beam. The forward one will be rotated under the tramp when sailing. Hopefully this will keep the rudders away of waves and avoid the splash often seen on proas with rudders at the forward end of the leeward hull.
Rudder mount folded under the trampolin for a left tack. The mounts will be able to kick up to the other side as well to some extend in case of ground contact.
The rudder foils (old F18 daggerboards, made longer, see yellow part) go into cassets. The foils can be pulled up to adjust the wetted surface and the depth.
The cassetts are bolted to the triangle mounts. One of the very few times metal is used on proasis.
This is how everything will go on the beams. The cardboard is a model for the tiller mount (still under construction).