CIMBA
37' Pacific Proa

designed by Russell Brown
Sistership to Kauri

featured in
Wooden Boat Magazine
July/August, 1988, Issue #83
RUSSELL BROWN and His PROVEN PROAS

I've admired proas ever since sailing aboard Cimba, a Russ Brown design. Cimba is 37 feet long and goes like the wind. Attached are some photos I took of Cimba in the Bahamas whilst cruising aboard my 15 sharpie Little Cruiser. - Dave Bolduc



948x1575, 563K

1320x1023, 653K

Cimba was purchased in mid 2008 and re-named "Pacific Bee" by Sven Stevens (www.azurspeed.com), who has enjoyed the boat and taken good care it. August, 2008, sailed south from Camden, Maine, to winter at Steve Brown's place on the Chesapeake Bay, where upgrade plans were: "new deck hardware, an inside mast position cockpit, new large roached mainsail, masttop roller screacher, new underbody strip & paintjob, mast overhaul, etc.".

Part of that trip, as he described it in email: "the New England fog and no wind initially slowed us down a bit, but BOY did we have fun after clearing Cape Cod canal, what a ride, flying over and against full current through Wood's Hole into Martha Vineyard, where we did some lazy family stuff.".

Photo below received in October, 2009


and Russell Brown's latest 37' Pacific proa!
 







JZERRO
click images for large view




photos of JZERRO, and two of Cimba, by Dave Bolduc (web site!)
The Photographer's Sailboat! Little Cruiser,

a fifteen foot sharpie cruising the Bahamas!
Many new friends were made while cruising this area, and one of our favorites was the McGregor family. They were traveling on a fantastic 37 foot proa called "Cimba," built by Lew McGregor and his friend the designer, Russell Brown. Though spartan in comparison to the typical forty footer, this polynesian craft was extravagant next to our own.
from CRUISING IN LITTLE CRUISER

JZERRO on video
Pacific Proa Jzerro in Port Townsend - September 2012
Jzerro underballasted and hard on it
Proa Jzerro September, 2011
sailing 17.8 knots on auto-pilot!
720p HD *posted May, 2011
sailing 17.8 knots on auto-pilot! & sailing past lighthouse *posted July, 2008 (not HD)

Port Townsend Watercraft, Nesting Dinghies (details)


EPOXY BASICS: WORKING WITH EPOXY CLEANLY & EFFICIENTLY

by Russell Brown
Other Proa Pages
NOTE: The "Flying Proa" or "Pacific proa" has a small ama to windward,
opposite that of the "Atlantic proa" with heavier hull to windward.