Paraw Capsize

A typical sailing outrigger like a Paraw have bamboo mast and spars. They float until longitudinal cracks starts to emerge due to a combination of shrinkage and stress. So, it is necessary to fill those cracks with wood (sawdust) thickened epoxy.

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In an event of a capsize. The Paraw will only turn to its side at about 90 degrees. It may turn a little bit further down due to inertia, but it will stabilize in a few seconds.



The crew who fell overboard needs to step on the hull side panels, grab the aka/tarik from underneath and climb back up to the ama. Otherwise, the crew must move towards the bamboo ama, sit and lean backward until the Paraw recovers.

It will take an average of one minute to do all the recovery process, assuming that nobody was injured during the capsize.




Make sure to grab on any part of the Outrigger, so you won’t get separated from it when it starts to face windward and drift away with the current.

Once recovered, bail the water out as fast as you can and you will be sailing again in a few minutes.


During the test, when all the flotation hatches are open, the Paraw came upright with a flooded hull that is impossible to  bail out. It proved unsinkable because it is entirely made out of wood. The bamboo amas and wooden akas kept it stable like a raft.

When outside rescue  is unavailable, it is possible to sail this raft to shore.