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post #2 of Old 09-11-2004
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Construction/stability wings

Floats (Amas) are added either side of narrow easily driven sailboats fairly routinely and called a Trimarran. Quite a bit rarer is the case where an ama is added to just one side which is called a Proa. There are Atlantic and Pacific proas, which are determined by whether the ama is located to leeward or to windward of the main hull. Pacific Proas have their amas to windward which gives a higher performance accompanied by a higher risk of capsize. Here is a link to a 20 foot Pacific style Proa.

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