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borocay-paraw-rigging-30 After seeing our previous post featuring Paraws, sailor Bill Lovelock shares the following pictures with us. He took these photos of sailing Paraws in Borocay in 2009.

Many of them are wonderfully detailed when it comes to the rigging of these unique boats. So many thanks to him for sharing them with us here!

Bill also shared the following when sending these pics:

Here are a few photos I took of Visayan sailing paraws in Borocay in 2009. I believe there are some close-ups of the steering setup.

I really loved the little Paraw we took our short sail on at Borocay. EVERYTHING, with the exception of one or two blocks, is homemade by the locals. They use inner tube rubber, cables that we use for clotheslines in the states to support the mast, pieces of flip-flops or whatever is handy and useful.

No electrical tape seen anywhere! It’s too expensive and hard to come by. It is an “Honest” boat built and sailed by locals using whatever they have available to them. They managed to put everything together to take a few paying tourists sailing so they can feed their families. Most admirable in my estimation!

I’m mostly a fair-weather sailor, but in light winds sitting on the very taunt home-made mono-filament fishing line trampolines facing forward with your feet dangling in the water cruising slowly along the coast is the closest thing to heaven for me. We cruised down to the end of the island and had a good look at Manny Paquio’s fantastic beach dwelling on the side of the cliff. Awesome!

I’m married to a Filipina and have maintained a residence there for 25 years. 20 years ago, I had an older local man set up a sailing Paraw for me from an 18 foot banca fishing boat. There are no other sailing Paraws around in the local vicinity and the younger guys had to observe the older fisherman setting it all up.

When he was younger, ALL the bancas used sail, but now days they all use 2-cylincder Briggs and Stratton air cooled motors that most likely cause permanent hearing damage and scare the hell out of all the fish.

A nice neighbor lady made me a beautiful tri-colored sail and I had lots of fun on that little boat for a couple of years. I have photos of it if you would like to see it. The termites eventually got the best of my little Paraw but I still have the tiller and the sail stored away.

It seems these locally built boats only last a couple of years before they succumb to the elements or the local insects. I also had a 25 foot fiberglass over marine plywood fishing skiff built 15 years ago and the termites eventually got to that too.

After my Visayan Paraw adventure at Borocay, I decided I really wanted one of the Paraws at my place which is hundreds of miles north of Borocay and in a different region of the Philippines. I got the names of a couple of local builders who build the Borocay Paraws and discovered (in 2009) I could have one of these boats built for about $3,000 USD. The problem would be getting it back to my place and once again I was concerned about termites. I’m still working and only get a chance to visit the Philippines a few short times each year, so I figured the boat would be eaten up before I’d had a chance to use it much.

Best Regards,
Bill Lovelock

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