This blog documents the construction and voyages of a ”paraw“, a traditional Filipino outrigger sailboat, on Palawan Island, the Philippine’s westernmost province.

The paraw is 74 feet long and 9 feet at its widest point. It has two masts, four sails and requires a crew of three to five people.

We built the Paraw built to keep the tradition of sailing alive in Palawan. Exploiting the shared knowledge of historians and sailors, it took our team of local craftsmen two years to build, from design to completion in April 2014.

Blog written by Katherine Jack

9 thoughts on “About

  1. tony barrios says:

    Eddie, I’m tony Barrios. Been sailing Paraws’ a long time. At one time we(my brother and I) had 5 in Boracay(early days). We were constantly experimenting with hull and sail designs for the paraw. My brother sailed one of them(a 20ft) almost to Timor. We also built a catamaran using paraw technology and it worked great. I applaud your effort and wish you the best of luck with that boat but I have one apprehension. The outrigger amas. What are you going to use? The strain of a boat that big on the amas is going to be critical. There will be a lot of weight on them in strong winds and waves. Just my 2 cents worth. Regards to Jack. Best of luck on the amazing undertaking.

  2. Hi Tony, This is Kat (blog writer), thanks for your note, great to hear from you! For the “siko” we plan to use dangkalan or molave and for the “palatik” we will use palumaria. These are all woods that are used for local boat building in Palawan.

  3. Diokno says:

    Good one Kath & Gener looking forward to ride on it and visit us in Kemdeng..all the best my regards to Gener..:)

  4. pinoypiper says:

    technically, a sailboat can only have one mainsail. the other one can be a mizzen sail or a foresail depending on which mast is higher. Good job btw. we’re looking forward to seeing her in her element. What sort of sail area are we to expect?

  5. Maya Salvaje says:

    Hi Kath! When is it scheduled for sailing? Would love to join! I wish you can make room for me, please let me know when will it take place:) Will be flying in from Laguna. In this era where everything seems to come to an end and where culture is becoming vague and us being the cause of its doom, it is time to enliven and strengthen what we have. Salute to all of you! Looking forward na makadaupang palad kayong lahat! Mabuhay ang noypi!

  6. Jun Dimarucot says:

    I am happy I discovered this blog via my nephew’s [Ivan Sarenas] posting of the photo on the mast installation. My first thought was it is about the balangay. I hope i get the chance to see it finished and to board it while on static display in one of Palawan ports, hopefully Puerto Princesa or even Rio Tuba / El Nido as these are the places I frequent other than Puerto.

  7. Aloysius says:

    I hope someone can also work on building a Lagatik, a fast craft that is native in Aklan.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: