Rael Dobkins

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  1. Rael Dobkins

    The "LaSHUNK" a user friendly proa rig...

    Helmut, You commented about me so, so much, as if that's all you have to do in your life. are you really such a board man??? Well Helmut, put on your helmet we're going for a ride... Have you forgotten to take your medication in the last couple days???? Have you thought about how much damage you are causing your self by trying to prove that others are wrong, when you cant prove they really are??? It seems that you like hearing your own voice, you expect all to solute you, and stand up when you speak. If you are challenged you attack, and accuse others of being this and that.... Do you have a degree in Psychology??? who gives you the right to write these low quality personal conclusions about others??? Only because they didn't reply your email!!! Do you get it??? GOD??? Call up your angels and ask them if they could fly over and knock some sense into me.... What kind of a childhood did you have??? That, if somebody ignores you, you attack them fiercely calling them this, that and the other, on a world wide forum??? One thing I will say, twice you said you were out of here, and twice you came back. You really STICK to your word Helmut. I have never felt the need to write someone such a lame reply. But you have great powers!!! You can spread hatred in a blink of an eye where ever you turn.... And WHY? Because I didn't want to listen to your great advice and I chose to not reply to your second email. Are you mentally ill??? Is this enough of a reason to attack somebody and write that they are a "miserable character." and " you are nothing more than a self-centered egocentric person, just a pathetic self-promotion-er!". This you write to their email, On their utube video, they keep silent, you get pissed, you forgot to take your pills, and you post the same load of crap here!!!! Once again you will have to break your promise, and return to a place you said you will not return to. DUDE I feel very sorry for you, you torment yourself over other peoples problems. If you had enough sense to see what damage you are causing your self. you would stop. It would also cure your ulcer, just imagine not shitting blood anymore .... How nice would that be??? By the way "BUMMER" means "oh, shit" or "damn it". No one called you a bummer, maybe it would have been more appropriate to accuse you of being the bummer then the situation itself.... Still I didn't. Please take your medication, sit down and relax. Now think about where the CE is on the long list of proas you were ordering me to learn from. WAY AFT!! Fat lot you seem to know. Though I will say, you win! Your character has put me way off. Come back, break your promise for the third time, defend your dignity.... I cant afford to lose valuable energy on a Character like you. Guys I'm gone, sorry I fucked it up. But I kept quiet for a long time, this guy will never give up, he will never lose and he will never admit he messed up. It's always the other guys fault with him. This reply was more for my self then for anyone else. Mr Helmut will put on his helmet and strike!!! By then I will be long gone..... I'm unsubscribing from here.... He's just too much! Keep shunting guys, Balkan Shipyards. Rael Dobkins.
  2. Rael Dobkins

    The "LaSHUNK" a user friendly proa rig...

    Multihull PEOPLE!!! MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY This is BalkanShipyards do you read us????? Could someone please tell me how to remove such bad energy? I think the previous post from Mr hmueller@otnet.gr speaks for itself. Below is the full email Mr MUELLER sent me, he also posted it as a comment on my video "Evolution proa rig". Not having time for this crap, I deleted his post and blocked him. But Mr HELMUT MUELLER is a very "clever" man, he Attacks us hard! He takes no prisoners, he hits us where it hurts!!! Here on this forum. No mercy! A DIE HARD PROA SAILOR!!! He sneaks up on you with ass licking emails... He KNOWS it all, he will tell you how to do it... He will invite you to Greece, he knows the stuff.... He's BUILT proas! Oh, HE knows! long useless emails advocating the Crab Claw.... He will go on about CE's and CLR's... He knows the stuff! I replied to his first email. Since the second was about the same.... I ignored it. Well that was a BIG MISTAKE! Never doubt his powers!!! A true internet gladiator.... Mr HELMUT MUELLER STRIKES again! The third email is as low as it gets... He will accuse you of "re-inventing the wheel". He will write: " you are nothing more than a self-centered egocentric person, just a pathetic self-promotion-er!" He will go on and tell you that you are a "showboater" finishing by canceling his invitation to Greece! BUMMER!!! I feel it's totally clear that such people are destructive to innovation, and for reasons beyond me do their best to get in its way... Such aggression can only be destructive to progression. Bottom Line, it's Crystal Clear we can't both be here. One must go, if it must be me, let it be. Please read the email below that he sent me. The same email he put into the comments of my video. I deleted it. His persistence is worth admiring, he posted a shorter version here...... Guys, YOUR OPINION on the matter is important to the future of this forum. Keep Shunting, Balkan ShipYards. All d best. rael. You not answering my second email leads me to the conclusion that you are a very critics resistant guy who wants to re-invent the wheel. You’re asking us in your vid ‘to kick in’, to help you and even put money into this story, but you are permanent refusing intelligent help from other members of the international Proa family (Janusz, Reto, Jo Oster, etc.). The only thing you obviously have in mind is to protect your ‘reputation’ and cultivate your own image, you are nothing more than a self-centred egocentric person, just a pathetic self-promotioner! Or do you earn money with your channel? If you would have done your homework, you could have solved all your problems by reading the thread 26 in Proafile from 2011 by James, Michael and Diazo. Terho Halme (builder of successful PING Pong Junk Proa) had a motto: only shared knowledge can grow! You should listen and learn from more sophisticated people. When you want to remain a Showboater, be my guest, I am out of here and of course I cancel my invitation to Greece! Go on with your show off behavior. Helmut Mueller
  3. Rael Dobkins

    The "LaSHUNK" a user friendly proa rig...

    Good stuff, thanx..... Still a high tech rig of this type is possible, I spent months thinking about it. Maybe one day, When Balkan Shipyards starts making money, for now, no chance! So we keep at it doing the best we can.......... Keep Shunting, Balkan ShipYards....
  4. Rael Dobkins

    The "LaSHUNK" a user friendly proa rig...

    Fresh stuff is always welcome, seen his stuff round the net.... I guess it was just too weird to look into.... I doubt I will ever put such a foil on my boats... Then again on the vid you linked it held her damn good in the breakers, So who knows....... You asked about getting back winded with a junk.... With the crab claw I learned how to just sail back steering in reverse till I gain enough speed to steer his bow off, I get him to go through the eye of the wind fill the sail and sail off.... James Brett once explained to me how he does the same with his junk rigged proa. So, hope me can do it 2. If not, let d halyard fly, and yank on it till it's down, turn the boat round with the sculling oar, pull it all back up and go. Though I do feel I will be able to sail back and steer him into proper sailing position again....
  5. Rael Dobkins

    The "LaSHUNK" a user friendly proa rig...

    Cool stuff, very logical too. Though a few technical details to consider. Two full battened jibs do add weight. The main sail sheet will get caught under the dowsed jib, complicating stuff a bit, also the stern is covered with that jib which has full length battens making it even harder to stow.... Shunting becomes exactly what I don't like about bermuda rigs, messing with two jibs. If the boat had through hull lifting rudders in cases again the aft dowsed jib gets in the way.... I will say though, it's a novel solution to the high stress bar tight head stay jibs require, also the low aspect sail you drew is much to my liking. I feel there is great potential if the hull is designed with a deck that could except such a concept. Unfortunately, the decks on WHY NOT? (my test proa) will not allow such a rig. Good stuff anyway..... Years ago I saw somewhere on the net a small proa with a weird sail configuration, it had a sail on the shroud and jibs on the bows... If i'm not mistaken I think it was here in Europe, maybe Spain. Do you know anything about it????
  6. Rael Dobkins

    The "LaSHUNK" a user friendly proa rig...

    I totally agree that with proper car sliders the problem is solved. Still imagine you didn't have a boom vang, could you still set that sail? That is the real problem and the main reason I put a junk sail into this rig. The "yard" (that's what it is in my opinion, since the sail is attached to it, but it's not attached to the boat) will have to be much stronger, to prevent it bending or even breaking at the goose neck once you crank on the boom vang to tighten the leech. A slack leech and the head twists off, sometimes good, sometimes not...... The Junk, is very, very, very low stress, the loads go into the battens and the sheets pull them all in. Allowing the sail cloth to be anything stronger then toilet paper and for the "yard mast" I could probably get away with a thin wall lightweight aluminium pipe. Price is the greatest factor in my boats. No way can I afford a fully battened tailor made main and a luff track to go with it, But I can afford a junk!!! Once you reef, The foot needs to be neatly tied up on a standard main. Not as easy an a proa, the sail is all the way to leeward, on a Tri it's in the middle above the cockpit. Here with the junk there is no problem, ease the halyard, cleat it where you want and keep going.... I'm a cruiser, so it's speed to the dollar that I'm after. A simple proa with a simple, low tech, user friendly rig will give more speed to the dollar then any other vessel. Yet to be proved, but I'm working on it.............
  7. Rael Dobkins

    The "LaSHUNK" a user friendly proa rig...

    I actually messed with that concept at first, I played with that idea for months.... It's not as simple, if sail luff is in a track everything becomes a dozen times more complicated! In order to get enough size, you will need a flat head sail. It could be gaff rigged, It could have full battens and huge roach..... And this is where it all goes to hell. Leech Tension! Only pin head sails can do with no leech tension, all other sails with big roach (except for junks) need bar tight leeches to prevent the head from twisting off. The "YARD MAST" must be very tough, or else it will just bend as one cranks on the boom vang while the head of the sail still twists off.... This part of the rig must be light weight as it must be moved with ease, also it's weight is over the leepod and about 25% aft of the bow. Not the ideal place for heavy gear. I messed with this for months.... Except for a very expensive rig, that may not be as easy to furl and reef (the long full battens are heavy at the leech twisting the sail and jamming the sliders, preventing the sail to slide down once halyard is eased. This problem has been lately solved with very high tech sliders that have wheels, adding more weight and expense...) Except for these issues, reef lines will have to get tied every reef, or untied every time a reef is shaken out. Not easy considering where the sail actually is. As for the Junk, reefing is a matter of easing the halyard till reducing one, two or three panels, cleating the halyard and you're done. It takes seconds. Good tack, bad tack... many junkies report they almost don't feel any difference between the 2. Many report tacking as good as 90 degrees between starboard and port with the modern cambered junk sails.
  8. The next rig for our pacific proas. We believe it to be a user friendly easy shunting easy reefing concept. All d best. Balkan ShipYards.
  9. Well guys, back with vengeance.... Meet our new rig, the Lateen rigged Shunting Junk. From Balkan ShipYards.
  10. Rael Dobkins

    Proa Why Not? completed.

    Sculling for and aft, Mr Doi show us how it's done......
  11. Rael Dobkins

    Proa Why Not? completed.

    Don't know.... I haven't got a GPS....... I do know that it moves the boat pretty fast and pretty easy, I could probably keep going at 1.5 knots for a while. That's how I feel, but can't back it up with anything. Though it really works well. As for paddles, not easy to use on my boat, AD scull is much better. paddles are good if you sit in the vaka and you have low freeboard. Not the case on my boat and on most cruising boats. If you wanted to stand, the height of the scull must be designed and made for standing. So, although I haven't tried sculling standing up (only steering) I do believe that it will probably be somewhere between very difficult to impossible.... The shaft will probably be way low for standing. Probably the problem is not the scull, it could be the boats deck that forces you to sit and hold a lower handle. Imagine on a monohull, you will have no problem standing, the cockpits floor is just above the waterline, on "Why Not?" it's more the 30 cm above the waterline. On a monohull the stern it self is a perfect place for the oar lock in relation to water level and operator that is standing in a low cockpit....... By the way Mr Doi is a cool guy and he probably will answer your questions on youtube. He's a sculling god, how the hell does he scull in reverse?? beats me!
  12. Rael Dobkins

    Proa Why Not? completed.

    Thanks! As for your 6 meter design It's true that bigger boats have advantages.... Though sometimes smaller is better... I can't load a 6 meter hull on my small car, that is one of the main reasons for building "WHY NOT?" only 16 feet. My car is much less then that.... Also loading a bigger and heavier hull on my car may be just a bit much for me and my wife..... I dream of a day living aboard a 40 foot proa, till then, gotta figure out a few things.......
  13. Rael Dobkins

    Proa Why Not? completed.

    Volume is Volume! always has been, always will be!! fill it with air it weighs 0.3 kg. fill it with water it weighs 100 kg, fill it with steel it weighs 700 kg....... I feel I MUST add, all figures are sucked out of my thumb! by the way!! But you get the picture...... Volume is volume.... Pints, gallons.......... just volume. Vaka up from 220 liters to 460 liters, or more than doubled since Sunday? (You wrote that, by the way...) Do you know the difference between waterline and freeboard??? 220 liters never went to 460, You decided that! The same way you came up with what ever 354 kg is?????? In other words..... 220 liters of volume to his designed waterline. 460 liters of volume to the lowest point of sheer. Or, to prevent further confusion, once vaka is loaded with 460 kg, water will start seeping in to his bow and stern through his for and aft hatches I think it's all Crystal Clear. If you are trying to prove that my boat sucks, or anything else of that sort, I will leave you to continue this thread alone. All d best Rael.
  14. Rael Dobkins

    Proa Why Not? completed.

    Since I built him up, from dinghy to micro cruiser...... watch episode 2..... freeboard went way up, now it goes up to the height of the front hatches. So total volume of Vaka (to the hatches) is above 460 liters. Ama has 125 liters, since 115 kg is total boat weight, including both hulls. Now: 460+125=585 liters of volume. 585-265=320 liters of reserve buoyancy. As for the poor guy that fell of the mega yacht? I will take his wife too....................
  15. Rael Dobkins

    Proa Why Not? completed.

    Interesting design feature that I will consider in future design. A 5 degree angle is easy to achieve by merely adding small blocks to the akas over the windward gunnel...... Cool stuff.