The Last Traditional Sailboat [...]
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Owner: Gone with the Wynns

The Last Traditional Sailboat In The Philippines


Location: El Nido
Latitude: 11.20000000
Longitude: 119.42000000
Published: 30 Jun 2024

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Our friend Gener is a native of the Palawan province of the Philippines. He comes from a long line of sea fearing people and even his father and grandfather were sailors.

Yet, Gener didn't learn to sail from his father or grandfather. Because right about the time he was old enough to take to sea, most mariners had already traded their sails for engines.

In 2008 Gener crewed on a sailing yacht from Palawan to Africa. He witnessed thriving traditional sailing cultures in the Indian Ocean and Middle East and began questioning why ancient Filipino sailing traditions were in danger of extinction.

Gener was inspired to revive native sailing, natural navigation and boat building techniques in his home province of Palawan.

The paraw project was launched to revive Palawan’s ancient sailing traditions and bring back the local art of sailing, natural navigation and paraw building.

“A return to sailing makes sense – our marine environment is under threat and fuel prices are rising. Learning to sail again will help Palaweños escape dependence on gasoline and diesel while, at the same time, giving them a deeper understanding and respect for the sea.” - Gener Paduga

The paraw was constructed using materials sourced from the forest and Filipino traditional boat-building techniques.


WE’RE JASON AND NIKKI WYNN. A couple of explorers, modern-day documentarians, and cultivators of curiosity.

We’ve been chasing our curiosity around the world on wheels and keels since 2011. Why? Because curiosity is the key to unlocking life. It pushes us outside our comfort zone, softens our assumptions, and helps us embrace the great unknown. The more we let our curiosity lead the way, the more we discover about ourselves and the world around us.

Things We're Most Curious About...

Our home is also our transportation and we spend weeks away from civilization and sometimes land. So self-reliance and sustainable living are a must. We've learned heaps about renewable energy, managing waste, creating safe drinking water and foraging for food. We carefully manage our resources and we’re always looking for new and better ways to do so.

People are busy (even on remote islands) and travelers are a dime a dozen. It takes time to talk to strangers, and even more time to have a real connection. Going the extra mile to get to know someone is a commitment.

Which is why these are our most treasured experiences. Setting off into the world with curiosity as our guide and nature as our compass. We talk to strangers and accept hospitality without fear or reservations. Both giving and receiving.

These are people who are doing things differently. Forgoing the mainstream, seeking freedom and living on the margins. Creative, unique and inspiring people who challenge our ideas of home and community.

Our journey is ever-evolving but the mission remains the same: #CultivateCuriosity

Timestamps if you like to Jump Around:

00:00 Filippino Sailing is (almost) Lost
01:08 Meet Gener Paduga & His Sailboat Balatik
02:22 Boat Name & Navigating by the Stars
03:51 Building a 1000 year old Sailboat
05:30 Behind the Scenes of This Story
07:20 Traditional Palawan Carvings
07:35 Converted Crew Quarters
08:51 Fully Recycled Helm Station & Engines
11:30 Navigation, Instruments & Communications
13:13 Custom Toilet Room, Shower & Unique Urinal
14:51 Sailing a Traditional Paraw: Sheets & Sails
16:34 Learning to Sail
16:59 Why Build a Sailboat from a 1000-year-old design?
19:11 Learning from a Disaster
19:53 Galley & Cooking for 30 people
21:32 Solar Panels and Electric Motor


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