25 June – the highest tide of 2013
Our team of carpenters are living and working, building the paraw on the banks of the Babuyan River, a tidal river that flows into Honda Bay, on Palawan’s east coast.
Since we will lift the boat into the water by man power alone, it is important that the river is at its highest possible level at the time. So we are planning to lift the hull into the water on June 25, during the highest tide of the year (2.06 metres).
The especially high tide on June 25/26 is due to the effect of a full moon, creating a spring tide, and the summer solstice on 21 June, which also has the effect of increasing tidal ranges.
Once the boat is in the water, work will continue on the cabins, masts and riggings.
We are aiming to finish work by October, ready for the beginning of sailing season in November.