Above: Ppalu June 2013 before the restoration.
Why Project Ppalu?
Project Ppalu, founded by D. Randy West a famous sailor in the Caribbean, is about the restoration of a historically classic and famous catamarn. The epitimy of Peter Spronk designs, Ppalu was built out of wood epoxy with clipper bows and lapstrake sides and tiny transoms. She was at that time most likely the largest and most beautiful sailing catamaran of the world.
After a short history of fame as the racing yacht “Paul Ricard” she was sold into the day charter trade and like a great race horse ridden and put away wet, she for the next 35 years slowly fell into a state of disrepair.
Randy always had an affinity for Ppalu since her launching where he physically helped carry her into the water on that memorable day in 1978 on the island of St. Maarten. After trying to acquire Ppalu for 20 years, Randy realized now that Ppalu was beyond repair and in need of a major restoration, thus Project Ppalu.
After seven months of restoration at St. Kitts Marine Works, Ppalu was holed and sank in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten on March 9, 2014.