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Beached Paraw at the mouth of Davao river.

A Visayan sailing outrigger of Sulu sea. As the centuries-old design echoed through generations, modern materials were used, but the overall shape remains the same . . . and still fast.

These outriggers had morphed into two types. Look closely at the video and old photos, you will notice the different positions of the akas (Tarik) and rudders. The one with an equally-spaced Akas uses quarter rudder, and less decking at midspan. But both outriggers have similar sail type and surface area. These Paraws vary in length from 5 meters up to 12 meters. The bilges can either be round or Vee shaped.

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I designed, built, and drew boatplans of a 6 meter sailing Paraw, using strip planking method. This is the other type of Paraw where the middle Aka was moved back near the rear Aka and cargo nets were installed in between. This cargo area is also used by the crews to hike-out on the windward side. The deck is completely covered except for the helmsman footwell. The rudder is lashed on aft stem and steered by rope or tiller extension.

The keel was made by laminating wood planks, instead of a dug-out log. All parts were fastened using wood and bamboo pegs. The wood strips for the hull were edge-glued using epoxy resin. Both exterior and interior surfaces were epoxy-sealed with a layer of fiberglass cloth.

Abaca were used for the lines and rigging. Bamboo for the mast, spars, and amas.

 

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