Have you ever had challenges trailing the mast to your small trimaran? If so, then here is some very useful information.
I received the following email from one of our readers (who for this post is using his pen name “Wolfdrool.” He emailed the following …
“I have an instructable that describes how to use a ratcheting truckers hitch to secure a mast on a Hobie Bravo (a small catamaran). This will work for trailering a small trimaran, too.
The ratcheting truckers hitch is a new version of that knot, I’m pretty sure. It’s a true ratcheting version of the knot and further uses a clove hitch around the mast to secure the mast side to side, up and down, and fore and aft. (more…)
Slovenian multihull sailor (and Sprint Canoe) enthusiast, Louro, shares the following with us regarding a very unique small tri craft he is currently building. (I had never heard of a “Sprint Canoe” prior to him mentioning it to me).
I am amazed by Louro’s creativity and drive to both conceive of and build this boat. I hope the finished package ends up being a successful design and accomplished his objectives. He hopes to have the boat on the water by this coming June and promises to send us pictures of the final results of this building project. (more…)
Small trimaran sailor Michael Reddy emailed me a couple weeks ago and shared the following info. He is selling is Triak kayak, which is a great little double outrigger sailing craft. I got to see the Triak firsthand at the Annapolis Boat Show a few years back.
This isn’t Mike’s boat; it’s a picture of another Traik under sail
Mike’s email is below if anyone is interested in purchasing this boat.
I am slowly progressing with the build of a Wa’apa, designed by Gary Dierking. The first goal is be build a 16-foot version in two 8-foot sections, as described in Gary’s book. A middle 8-foot section can be added in later to lengthen the boat so it becomes a 24-footer … perhaps next summer. This is my current plan anyhow.
Snapshot of a completed Wa’apa double outrigger canoe on Gary Dierking’s blog
Building the boat in sections like this will theoretically give me 2 boats in one — 16′ and 24′ outrigger sailing canoes. All I have to do is build the center 8-foot section, another set of crossbeams and bigger amas in order to make it a 24′ boat. It’ll be nice to swap out pieces whenever I want in order to sail the smaller or larger version on any given day. (more…)
Not everyone wants to build the parts in order to create a small outrigger. Below are some pre-fabricated outriggers and sail rigs that can be attached to a standard canoe in order to make it an outrigger sailing canoe.
I regard these parts as expensive (in terms of dollars). But the trade off is that if someone doesn’t have tools or want to spend time building then they may be willing to spend a few bucks on parts like the ones found at Easy Rider Kayaks. (more…)
I discovered the Viroga sailing kayak this past week while reading this page on the Kayarchy website. (The images shown here are linked to directly from the Viroga website).
This boat features just one crossbeam instead of two. And the crossbeam can be removed in order to convert it into a standard paddling kayak. But I think one of the really interesting features of this boat is the sail rig. (more…)
Here is a Searunner 25 trimaran alive and well in Costa Rica. Neil Kahn is a multihull sailor who also happens to operate Kayak Jaco — a kayak and charter business there.
Neil found this Searunner on a mooring, in need of repair / refit, and has now incorporated the boat into his kayak rental business. What a place! And what a boat to use for chartering. (more…)
I received the following email from Windrider trimaran sailor Dirk Uys a couple days ago. We previously saw Dirk and his Windrider (appropriately named SHREK) here.
Dirk is taking on the Texas 200 race again this year … and helping others at the same time. How so? (more…)
Naval architect Bill Kristofferson’s original web presence went dark awhile ago. It now appears he is back online with a new website. This one appears to feature both his multihull designs and his artwork. (more…)
John Marples has just released building plans for another boat in the Seaclipper series — the Seaclipper 13 (4 Meter) trimaran. John continues to be a prolific Multihull designer for those who want to build their own boat at home.
This boat will feature “swing-wing” akas, which helps make setting up the boat for sailing on the trailer very easy. And it can utilize a sailing rig taken from a Laser dinghy monohull.
John indicates this small trimaran will be ideal for 1 adult sailor or a couple of teens. But one really neat feature of this boat is that it be set up for either tiller steering (on the tramps) or sit-down cockpit style steering. (more…)
One of our readers alerted me to a new production small trimaran from France called the MIND Trimaran. It appears to be a fun, versatile sailboat.
It’s advertised as being: stable, easily maneuverable, and simple (no boom, for example). It features a daggerboard and can be set up for either 1 or 2 seats in the center hull. And the sales copy briefly refers to a “igloo tent option.” (I’d like to know more about that). (more…)
The following article featuring a Wavelength 780 trimaran comes to us (again) from the newsletter written by the boat’s designer, Robert Forster. Robert has allowed us to share stories and info from his publication before (see here and here for examples). (more…)
Windrider trimaran sailor Mac MacDevitt has shared a couple of his sailing adventures on the North Channel of Lake Huron. (See here and here and here). (more…)
The following boatbuilding project photos come to us from Frank Jackson of Rocky Mountain Safari. He has an amazing way of building trimarans with unique, extremely practical (and economical) techniques. This one is a hybrid – paddlewheeler and sailboat. (more…)
We received the following from sailor (and frequent smalltrimarans.com contributor) Ian McGehee. Wonderful history and also some great pics of small tris from decades ago. And more about Victor Tchetchet (Father of the Modern Trimaran) can be seen here. (The links to the pdfs below are likely the documents referenced in the “Father of the Modern Trimaran” article in the previous link). (more…)
Smalltrimarans contributor Ian McGehee sent me a YouTube link to the following video. The builder of this boat calls it the “Endorphin trimaran.” The video is basically a collage of the building pictures for this boat.
I really like a couple of the techniques used to assemble this craft. The crossbeam holders on the vaka, for example, look pretty neat. It may be applicable to other smaller tris. (more…)
Here is the link to an article about a new type of super-high-tech speedboat. It’s about to go on sale. And you can own one if you’ve got an extra $1,400,000 in your pocket with nothing else to spend it on :-) (more…)
SeaRail 19 trimaran developer (and sailor) Phil Medley shares some 2015 manufacturing news with us here. As he writes below, the SeaRail only weighs 700 lbs. But when one flies its spinnaker, the boat is sporting 536 square feet of sail.
The potential to fly in this thing is obviously a huge draw for this commercial design. (more…)
We’ve previously seen ads for outrigger sailboats in decades-old issues of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Here we link to a full article from 1949 that shows how to build a cartopable small tri.
It’s pretty neat, especially considering the time period. I love stuff like this, partly because it’s reminiscent of a pervasive “can-do” spirit of a bygone era. It’s old-school. (more…)
In this post sailor Fran Sneesby shares a little about the Scarab 650 trimaran she is building. The Scarab 650 is another fabulous-looking design by Ray Kendrick.
Fran works with Ray and has already built a couple of these Scarab boats. She is particularly keen on the size of this one though (see below). (more…)
I just received the following pics from Bernd Kohler. To his knowledge, this is the first LITTLE TRI constructed by an owner/builder.
The setting for these pictures is so cool, I just had to share them. (more…)
Looking for a fun, inexpensive little trimaran to build? Here is some inspiration from Joe, who writes to us from his home in Thailand. Instead of “little” trimaran, however, Joe refers to his little creation as “littler tri.”
Joe built this boat for a friend. It’s proof that good gifts can still come in small packages :-) (more…)
Has the Sea Flash trimaran been updated to become the Stress 14 trimaran? Perhaps of our readers can help clarify things for us. (more…)
There appears to be a new trimaran in France called the Radical T26. Our friend Stefano found the following vids on YouTube and shared them with us. (Note: IMO the music in the 3rd video isn’t very enticing :-(
The website for the Radical T26 can be seen at http://radikal-boats.com (more…)
Just recently I discovered a very unique 21-foot trimaran design designed by multihull designer John Patterson. (Many thanks to AJ, one of our readers, for sharing this info with us!)
I assumed this boat was trailerable but was totally surprised by the fact that this 21-footer was actually used as a live-aboard cruiser by awhile. (more…)
Corsair Marine is coming out with a new trimaran model this year – The Pulse 600. Don Wigston is the proprietor of Windcraft Multihulls and will be an East Coast dealer for these new sailboats. He told me about them this week and provided the following web links, which contain lots of information. (more…)
Our friend Ian McGehee sent the following outrigger canoe links to me today. Ian noted that these articles would nicely fit in with a couple of other posts we’ve done regarding ancient tri history. And so they do.
The text is copied directly from the full articles, which can be found just below each of the text portions below. (more…)
Sailor (and self-builder) John Nieboer shared the following video with me a few days ago. He refers to his design as the Trimore 560 trimaran. Both John and his sailboat were featured in this previous post.
John made a video that details a lot of the work that went into building the Trimore 560. (more…)
Here are a couple links (shared by our friend Stefano) regarding the new Diam 24 trimaran design.
It’s pretty neat. Lots of thought went into it’s packaging with a goal towards faster setup at a boat ramp (or beach launch area). (more…)
The following (very short) video features a few sailing clips of Ngalawa outriggers sailing off Kenya’s tropical coast. It actually advertises an event called the “Ngalawa South Coast Regatta.” (more…)
Rocky Mountain Safari sailor and tour-guide Frank Jackson send me the following account of a recent Lake Powell camping trip. Frank’s outfit hosted a bunch of couples in 5 outrigger canoes.
What fun! (more…)
Inspired by the previous Bunyip trimaran post, sailor Jean Chevalier shares the following about his own Bunyip. He offers nice details about its performance too. It’s great hearing about these old designs! (more…)
The following Windrider trimaran videos come to us from Windrider sailor Rod McLaren. In them, Rod shares his sailing-camping trips from 2013 and 2014 on Canada’s Lake Diefenbaker. Rod and his buddies show why these boats are ideal for exactly the type of outdoor adventure on display.
In the first video Rod uses a very cool phrase I’m pretty sure he didn’t invent … it’s just that, for some reason, it never stood out to me before. (more…)
The following press release (and short promo video) for the new RAVE hydrofoil model was just sent to me by Dean Sanberg, President of Windrider. I am reprinting the release here below in its entirety.
I’ve heard many times the original RAVE, produced and sold back in the 90s, offered an exhilarating thrill ride. It’ll be good to hear from sailors how this boat performs under sail. It’ll also be good to get feedback regarding durability and setup time for a trailered boat on a launch ramp. (more…)
Multihull sailor Andy Griffiths is searching for some old building plans. Specifically, he’d love to obtain plans for Lock Crowther’s Kraken 18 and Bunyip 20 trimarans.
Andy provides a summary of the origin for these boats (below). (more…)
Her name is SLUE FOOT SUE and she’s a double outrigger sailing canoe. Pretty cool, huh? The whole rhyming thing, I mean :-)
Long-time sailor Jim Stuart contacted me a couple weeks ago about his ultra-cool DIY trimaran sailing canoe. And what a boat! (more…)
Sailor Ron Falkey shared the great background story of his self-built micro-cruising trimaran (named DALLIANCE) a while back. Ron loves this boat but has reluctantly decided to sell her because of recent health challenges. (more…)
Our friend Stefano sent me the Facebook page link to the following owner-designed / built small trimaran in the Netherlands.. It turns out there was a YouTube video posted (see below). (more…)
Small Trimaran sailor and DIY builder Frank Smoot is now offering plans for the 19-foot version of his “Slingshot” model. He has been working on publishing these since the building plans for the 16-foot Slingshot were unveiled.
The following information comes from Frank and is a concise write-up detailing this new sailboat. And in case you’re interested, here is an audio recording of me and Frank talking about the 16-footer. (more…)
I found an interesting thread not long ago on the woodenboat forum about building a small plywood boat without epoxy. That got me wondering if anyone has been successfully building plywood-constructed multihulls nowadays – particularly outrigger canoes – without epoxy encapsulation. (more…)
Sailor Nicholas Apollonio was inspired by the unique “segel kajak” (a.k.a. “sailing kayak” in German) that he read about on smalltrimarans. And so, like any great DIYer … he designed and built his own boat.
Nicholas has named his new craft VOLTAIR. It has turned out to be just as unique-looking as SegalKajak! Perhaps even more so. (more…)
Multihull designer Bernd Kohler shares his method of building rudders and foils in this short article. The post about his first ever small trimaran design has generated a lot of interest and I am very glad to be able to spotlight one of his time-saving building techniques here.
Please keep in mind, as you read, that English isn’t his first language. I did very little editing of the words below; I think he does a pretty good job at communicating the concept and instructions. I hope lots of folks are able to glean from it and, hopefully, at some point, save a whole bunch of time when making pieces like this. (more…)
After thinking Loooong and Hard about it, I’ve decided to sell my Seaclipper 16 trimaran. Lots of mixed feelings about this though. It’s a super fun, comfortable boat … and a great daysailer! There is a whole bunch of time and more than a few $$$ invested in it. (more…)
My recent post about the possibility of a skin-on-frame trimaran resulted a really neat email exchange. Multihull sailor William Genevro sent me a picture of an ad he had from the March 1936 edition of Popular Aviation magazine. (Thanks William!) (more…)
Multihull designer Bernd Kohler contacted me last week and let me know about his newest design – “Little Tri.” Bernd initially designed and built this boat as a daysailer for he and his wife. (He explains in the story below). But then many people started asking him if he could make plans available so they could build this boat too.
It appears to be a fast, light boat. And may be of particular interest to anyone who’d like to build a small tri on a budget. (more…)
I’ve become fascinated by the “skin-on-frame” building approach lately. I’ve found one (very unimpressive) skin on frame trimaran on the web. Although I have found a few single outrigger sailing canoes built in skin on frame.
Check out the following (very impressive) “Great Outrigger Sailing Canoe,” which is found on this webpage… (more…)
When reading about small boats, I often find myself at Michael Storer’s website. It’s always fun and always informative (even though the formatting on it needs to be fixed!)
Here is a great article by Michael on outriggers, which includes double outriggers for trimarans. He has got a few nice pics too, including the ones I’ve linked to on this page. (more…)
Chris Ostlind is currently building a new small trimaran that sports a main center hull taken from a beach cat. It looks great. Below is an actually picture of the boat now, as it’s being built and also a “mock-up” photo of what Chris envisions it will look like on the beach when it’s finally finished (and repainted).
Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them for better viewing. Oh, by the way, I’d love to see what guys are building now; contact me about your building projects for posting here so we can see what’s happening out there in small tri land :-) (more…)
Sailor and DIY enthusiast Greg Petroski took a used canoe and old Hobie 16 beach cat and converted them into a trimaran. He shares the following info, pics and short video with us below.
Thanks for sharing your project with us here Greg! I am looking forward to seeing this boat again in the near future. (more…)
Trailering boats. For most of us boat guys it’s a ho-hum topic. When discussing it with someone like multihull designer John Marples, however, it suddenly becomes very interesting.