Thanks for the update about the Maine Harryproa. We
haven't heard anything about her for a while so it's good to hear she is well
and the owner intends sailing her when weather permits. It is also
gratifying to know he is looking forward to it. I don't suppose you took any
I'd imagine it would be hard to judge a Harry
from what you saw, the Maine boat being very different. It was built
as a day sailer with a walkthrough cockpit so the cabins are very small. The
Harry built here in Australia has a ww hull 500mm longer (8.5m) and seems
very big inside for her dimensions. The latest Harry ww hull is 1m longer
(9m) than the Maine boat. I think it would seem cavernous after a Stiletto. The
Visionarry, only 1m longer at 10m, is a far bigger boat, probably twice the
project of the Harry.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 12:47
Subject: [harryproa] Re: Harry in
I visited this fellow in March 2005, and yes, he
does indeed have a
custom harryproa in his yard. Or at least he
After being smitten with the Harryproa bug, I thought I'd
ride to see one. Since I live less than an hour from Rockland,
seemed like the perfect opportunity.
My wife and
I have a Stiletto 27 catamaran, and wanted to get a feel
for the Harry's
size. We'll eventually upgrade to something larger,
and didn't know
if a Harry would be enough of a step up from our
current boat to justify
the leap. I know the leeward hull is 40 feet,
but knowing that
doesn't really convey how much space there is above
and below decks.
I called ahead of time, and the owner was every bit as
odd as you
describe. He was quite brusque, told he he didn't have
explain proas, made it clear that he didn't want to bother with
kickers, and said there was no use seeing the boat because it
demounted and stored in his yard. I pressed to see the boat
and eventually he relented and said I could look at it. I
sign a waiver in case I fell in the icy yard, but he said
wouldn't be necessary.
On the plus side of things, he
was very gracious about offering
summer cruises and lessons, and said I was
welcome to stop by any time
the boat was in the water. Quite nice,
actually, and very different
than the moment before.
arrived, he was working on another project in the basement
of his barn,
wouldn't come to the door to say "hi", and would only
yell up to me.
However, he did give me permission to look at the boat.
walked around the demounted proa for a while. Unfortunately the
were right together, and it was also surrounded by piles of
equipment, so we got zero feeling for its size.
too small for an upgrade from what we have, but then lots
of boats would
seem small that way. It also wasn't representative of
even a light
cruising proa because the owner had it designed with a
in the windward hull instead of a cabin.
I yelled some thanks
down to him in the barn basement as we left, at
which point we met his wife
as she went to the barn. She said that he
gets very, very focused on
one project at a time, and just wouldn't be
in the position to talk about
the proas until that became his warmer
there you have it. This man does exist, he had a proa, and he
planning on using it this past summer for day charter cruises
lessons. He can be very gruff, and is in no way a salesman, but
also seemed to be quite genuine about sharing the boat once
weather warmed up. Very much a Mainer in a number of ways --
more extreme than most.
We're still years away from
commissioning a proa, probably a
Visionarry, but this was certainly an
interesting step along the way.
P.S. I now see that the image on the harryproa web site
Harrigami with a walkthrough cockpit, not a Harry, so this could
another reason why the boat didn't seem that spacious.
--- In email@example.com,
Charlie Magee <charlie@s...>
> Well, I went to this link: http://www.proasail.com, which led me to
> this webpage http://www.by-the-sea.com/saltys/index.html.
> I called the number at the bottom. There was the sound of a power
> in the background and the guy that answered didn't seem to want
> or answer questions. I got 3 one word answers to my
> A link about a sailing proa in Maine now leads me
to your webpage. Do
> you have anything to with that proa? No.
> It's a Harry proa built in Australia and delivered to Rockland Maine
> for chartering and such. Have you seen a proa sailing in Rockland
> waters? No.
> Do you have any idea why that proa link
would lead to your website? No.
> Now, this place I called, SBI
Marine, offers sailing lessons out of
> Rockland Harbor. The man did
not want to talk and anytime I've ever
> called a place offering
sailing lessons or sailing gear, they worked to
> keep me on the line
to sell me something. This guy had no interest in
> pitching lessons or
anything else. Nothing like: "We don't have a proa,
> but we can teach
you to sail on our fine 26 foot whatever."
> I've never been to
Rockland, but I can't imagine any kind of sailor not
> noticing a Harry
when it shows up and begins sailing around. Something
> ain't right.
That guy was either lying or hiding something or he didn't
> know what
a proa was and was just waiting for me to quit asking
> questions so he
could get back to work. It would sure help if I had the
> owner's name
. . . . . . .
> Charlie Magee
> 465 Washington
> Eugene, OR 97401
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