Truant, designed for those who want to play hookey, is a very capable daysailer, with enough performance to be fun, small enough to go onto a garden trailer rather than a custom boat trailer, big enough to take a couple of less limber adults and their camping or picnic gear or a small mob of teenagers away for a small adventure. She is so designed that she will be comfortable to sail, dry in most weather, capable beyond almost anything else of her size and almost impossible to capsize. High quality marine paint with excellent opacity and adhesion for finishing your boat, canoe or kayak. The design brief was for an elegant, inexpensive, and relatively easy-to-build multihull for fast cruising. Madness was inspired by, and designed in direct consultation with, proa guru Russell Brown.
In the Western Hemisphere proas are still considered somewhat experimental, notwithstanding the pronounced success of westernised proas by Dick Newick and Russell Brown, which have accumulated tens of thousands of sea miles. In a proa, the boat is stopped in tacking and jibing and holds station on its own with the mainsail feathered to leeward. Having got the handling peculiarities out of the way, everything else about the proa configuration is absolutely compelling.
Something is gained, and something is lost: proas don't have a lot of volume for their length.
The skipper drives the boat from the motorcycle-sidecar-like cockpit adjacent to the cuddy. Because of the mast location, there is no danger of losing the mast in an aback situation because it is supported by stays to the four corners of the boat.
An outboard of 2 to 6 horsepower is mounted on a retractable sled beneath the crossbeams, convenient to the skipper. This includes all of the boat's plywood components (35 sheets' worth), CNC-cut and packed on a pallet, plus CNC-cut templates for solid wood components like rudders. This contains the solid timber required for stringers, cleats, rudders and the strip-planked cabin top and akas. Hand selected spar-quality Douglas Fir is used for lightly loaded stringers and Sitka Spruce is included for stressed components including rudders. The epoxy package for Madness includes the epoxy resin and fillers needed to build the boat.
The complete Madness Proa plans include 31 sheets of architectural drawings covering all construction details, including both racing and cruising rigs.
Although the plans are copiously detailed, building Madness from plans is not a project for first-timers.
These study plans are intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase.

A high quality marine anti-slip paint intended to help protect crew against slipping on boat decks. Wire rope for rigging a sailing boat, made to the length you need, with loops or thimbles on the ends.
Her wide beam and smallish centreboard cause her to slide off sideways rather than tip out, her generous freeboard and wide decks help keep the water outside where it belongs and she has so much enclosed locker and air tank space inside that should the unimaginable happen there is enough buoyancy to float her crew completely clear of the water when fully swamped.
With a payload of just under 1000 lb (450 kg), accommodation is ideal for an adventurous couple who want to cover a lot of ground and is ideal for island-hopping. Much care was taken to avoid exotic, difficult-to-use materials like carbon fibre and the hope is that this design is more accessible to the home builder than anything capable of the same speeds.
The design is a fusion of his 30-foot plywood Jzero design from the 1970's, his more-refined cold moulded 36-footer Jzerro, from 1993, and John Harris' own experiences with the proa Mbuli, which he designed and built in 2000. As so few western sailors have experienced a Pacific proa (in which the outrigger is kept to windward), much is made of their tacking procedure: the boat is stopped, the boom swung around, and one bow is exchanged for another.
Tacking a proa, a cause of confusion and concern among armchair sailors, is revealed on the water to be a casual exercise undertaken without the slightest drama, no matter the conditions. John Harris has never been in any sailboat type that he'd rather work into a crowded harbour under sail on a windy day.
6 mm okoume plywood panels are stitched-and-glued together very quickly and sheathed on both sides with 6-ounce glass fabric.
However, the payload is just under 1000 lb, which will allow two uninhibited adults to cruise for months, or three to race the boat for a few days.
On Madness, one of the berth flats has been converted to conceal a chemical head, and above it is mounted a lightweight galley that slides out of the way.
In four proas featuring a lee pod of similar proportions, Russell Brown has accumulated ocean crossings and 30 years of coastal sailing without managing anything more than a few knock-downs. In tacking, the current jib is rolled up, then doused completely to allow the boom to swing 180 degrees onto the new tack.
The very broad staying base allows a lighter mast, with spiralling gains in weight and complexity.
A smaller cruising rig is meant to inspire builders to look for used masts and sails, which will cut the costs dramatically. Six easily accessible bolts in the main hull and four bolts on the outrigger fasten the crossbeams, and two pins disconnect the outboard sled. Some of the parts will be pre-cut to the finished dimensions, but you will still need a table saw for shaping the wood. Three types of epoxy fillers are included: wood flour blend, silica powder and glass fairing balloons.

Also included are full-size templates for nearly every part in the boat, on over 100 linear feet of printed paper. Builders should have a solid foundation in wood-epoxy-fibreglass composite boatbuilding and fairly sophisticated plans-reading ability. Builders working from the wood kit receive the 31 sheets of architectural drawings but not the full-size templates, which are only needed when building from plans. They include 25 pages of architectural drawings and will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. They will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat but do not provide sufficient information to actually do so. In a conventional western sloop of similar horsepower and performance, tacking is a frantic exercise of flogging and fouling jibs, dangerous swinging booms, the danger of hanging up in irons, and a delicate process of gathering way again on the new tack as quickly as possible. When ready, you throttle-up with the mainsheet and presently you're doing 15 knots on the new tack. This pays off for the home-builder, who is spared the need for high-modulus crossbeams and attachments.
With the outrigger just skimming the water (unlike the trimaran's hard-pressed leeward ama), the lack of nervous pitching is easy on the crew and keeps airflow attached to the sails.
The crew occupies a comfortable park bench style seat on the trampoline to windward of the outboard sled. Because the mast is mounted 39″ to windward of the main hull's centreline, struts are required to sheet the mainsail. Some of the epoxy comes in large bottles with measuring pumps for dispensing the correct ratio of epoxy and hardener. An option to build the main hull over a strongback rather than stitch-and-glue-style is included. Rigging details are included but familiarity with modern rigging, particularly of the multi-hull variety, is assumed.
It is not possible to build the boat from scratch using these plans alone: you will need the pre-cut wooden panels and forms or the complete plans.
And the unusual rig geometry of the Brown-styled proa sloop opens a huge slot between jib and mainsail, making this style of proa exceptionally close-winded.
The ballast tank is filled using very simple and reliable plumbing: a bucket through a deck plate.

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