(In this post we share some thoughts on leeboards from multihull designer Bernd Kohler. He uses his “Little Tri“ design for illustration purposes.)
Little Trimaran Leeboard – Some Thoughts
by Bernd Kohler
Here is one approach to the discussions found in the “Hybrid leeboards” article. I was very pleased to read that article. What’s interesting is my over complication of some ideas. But it dos not matter; it’s more important to bring the “outside boards” idea up again. (more…)
What is a “Chrys10″ trimaran? It’s a self-designed, self-built craft that evolved from a non-performing dinghy into a speedy 10-foot sailboat.
This sporty little tri evolved in the mind … and through the constructing hands … of Christofer Olsson, who lives in Sweden. How sweet it is too! Get ready to smile (a lot) as you watch his videos below.
Christofer also shares some detailed pics also, which depict the boat’s construction and transformation into the craft it is now. He said the Chrys10 started out as a small dinghy built “just for fun“. He wanted something that was fun and easy to sail during summer. But then the boat got more advanced. As things turned out, Chris wrote, “… it wanted to be a small, cute, racing trimaran in glasfiber.” (more…)
Kayaker-sailor Algie Bennett built a beautiful kayak using plans from Chesapeake Light Craft. Of course, the temptation to turn it into a sailing machine has taken him down the double outrigger path :-)
Algie lives in the UK and shares some great pics, a video and a nice bit of info here (below). They feature the craft’s outriggers and sail rig in various stages of development. Many thanks to him for sharing this with us. Click on any of the images below to enlarge them.
The Sardine Run 19 appears to be a new design from Allel Behidj, the boss of Sardine Run boatyard. We featured the first Sardine Run trimaran, designed by Eric Henseval, here.
One obvious point of difference between this one and the first is its specious open cockpit. This one is obviously intended for some serious daysailing. (Thanks to Brain Pearson for sharing this one with us)!
Here is the webpage on the Sardine Run website that fully describes this boat (in French) – http://www.sardineboats.com/voiliers/sardine-run-19/ The pictures above and below are linked to directly from this page. (more…)
Here are a couple short videos featuring the launch of a Scarab 18 trimaran. Our friend Ian McGehee sent this to us and I am posting it because these vids show off some neat features of this 18 foot boat.
The Scarab really looks great both close and from afar. And it really does appear to have some room in that cabin. All in all, a very nice modern boat in a small package.
The only disappointing thing about the sailing video is it was taken during extremely light wind … so there wasn’t much wind power available to show off the boat’s performance. I hope the owners of this boat upload some more vids soon. (more…)
The following commentary and video comes from sailor (and rep) Phil Medley of the SeaRail 19 trimaran. The video, by the way, was taken by one of those way-cool GoPro cameras.
The video features Phil and Bob Winston, Harbor Master at Carlyle Lake and director the Carlyle Sailing Club. Phil told me that two days after this sail the boat was delivered to its new home on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota.
(Thanks for sharing this new vid with us Phil!) (more…)
Sailor (and home boatbuilder) Carlos Solanilla is selling his Richard Woods’ designed Strike 16 trimaran. (And for a great price too!) We’ve previously featured his boat here and here and here.
Carlos is reluctantly parting ways with this boat (as he explains below). He shares some great pics and some insights that come from enjoying this boat in the past few years. (more…)
Ezifold Yachts (in New Zealand) has just acquired the molds and rights to begin producing and selling the Bazooka trimaran. That is great news … how wonderful to have another production trimaran on the market.
Here is the announcement we just received from the administrative manager at Ezifold Yachts on this topic: (more…)
Here is the link to an article reviewing the Corsair Pulse 600 trimaran on MySailing.com …
When I caught sight of the fire-engine red Pulse 650 at Sanctuary Cove, my first reaction was “wow”. We all know red things go faster than other coloured ones, but the Pulse’s sleek design screamed “sail me”.
Fortunately, I got that chance on Moreton Bay last week when I took the demonstrator model for a spin in ideal conditions – the winds were gusting to around 12 knots off the land so the sea state was very kind. (more…)
Here is a story featuring a small trimaran that friend Ian McGehee brought to my attention this past weekend. A couple very experienced sailors planned to cross the ocean in a modified Multi-23 trimaran, staring in France and ending up in St. Barth’s, on Friday, July 17, 2015. The latest update to this story is that they had to abandon this journey yesterday because of bad weather.
You can read the full story here. (more…)
Eureka is a trimaran concept featured in this month’s WoodenBoat Magazine. It was drawn up by nautical writers (and WoodenBoat contributors) Laurie McGowan and Michael Schacht.
I read the full article about Eureka last night. We’ll have to keep on the lookout to see if this small trimaran ever comes to life. (more…)
Here are a couple of videos featuring a self-built 16-foot trimaran sailing. This small tri was constructed by sailor Mike Perras and it appears he did a very nice job. (I found these vids on Mike’s YouTube channel).
I’d like to get some more info about this tri and am hoping to hear from Mike so I can post some pictures and details about this sailboat in the near future. (more…)
Looking to build either a daggerboard or leeboard for a self-built boat? Smalltrimarans.com contributor Ian McGehee shares the following information for anyone looking to build either one. He was inspired to share it based upon a post from a couple weeks ago.
What is great about this setup is that it can be used to experiment where the best position for the foil should be if you’re not sure. Ian provides explanation via simple illustrations below. (Thanks to Ian for sharing this with us!)
Smalltrimarans reader Ryan Galloway shared the following video with me regarding the Trimaran Innovant. It appears to be a concept design from students at the Université de Technologie de Belfort Montbéliard, in France.
As Ryan noted to me, “In regards to the feasibility of construction, unknown; but the presentation overall is fantastically illustrated.”
It is indeed, greatly illustrated here. Great short video … it could be copied by anyone interested in selling a authentic building plans and/or commercial boats. (more…)
Outdoors man, fisherman (and now sailor) Eddie Kubek has fitted a used Mohawk canoe with double outriggers. It’s pretty neat-looking too. The amas were taken from an old Windrider that he picked up for $400.
Oh, he also equipped it with a peddle drive. He has already used the boat for fishing and is finishing now for his first sailing adventures this summer.
Kudos for Eddie for creating this new craft, on an economical budget, using his own vision and ingenuity (and a little help from a welder friend)! (more…)
Jerome B. shares here about an owner-built trimaran he purchased that was built in France. (Jerome lives in the UK).
It’s a beautiful looking boat – named SNOWGOOSE. He is going to fine-tune the rigging and get things working more efficiently though, as you’ll read in the information he sent to me (below).
The boat doesn’t have any daggerboard or leeboard at the moment, which probably one big reason why the tacking isn’t going very well yet. But that is an easy fix.
I am sure Jerome would welcome any input from experienced sailors based on what he shares here.
Jerome hopes to send up some more pictures (and also some video) after his coming tweaks. Many thanks to him for sharing info and pictures of this boat with us (click on the photos to enlarge them). (more…)
Peter Evens current runs tacking-outrigger.com. He has added a list of 47 trimarans on the front page of his site that can either be built or commercially purchased.
Most of these boats are featured here but Peter has created a very nice list of thumbnail images with links to various websites where one can go for more info. According to Peter, it’s not “a completely definitive list, the idea is to give non experts a reasonable idea of what trimarans are available to buy or build.” (more…)
Friend Ian McGehee just sent me info about the Race to Alaska. He noted that the list of participants includes teams that are sailing small trimarans.
These include: a couple F-boats, a Multi 23, an L-7, a WR 17, Hobie AI and even a Triak.
Here is an article from Port Townsend’s newspaper about the race And here is the Race to Alaska Facebook page.
Here is a video from “Team Soggy Beavers” who are sailing (and paddling) a OC-6 outrigger canoe.
Their official website is Canoe to Ketchikan (more…)
We’ve posted about another small trimaran very similar to this one before. It’s based on a canoe known as the Bateau (free plans can be downloaded from here).
The owner of this boat has posted a number of YouTube videos of his boat. But he created a website featuring pictures and info about his Bateau trimaran here.
Two of his vids are here below. (more…)
Just saw this on Gary Dierking’s blog. He posted one video of a craft called the K2 Kiteboat (it’s a foiling trimaran). Very cool.
There is a website dedicated to sharing information about this boat here – http://project.kiteboat.com/external-videos/k2-kiteboat-sf-bay-2014/ According to this page on the site, the background of this project is as follows:
The Kiteboat Project has existed in some form since 1997, when Don Montague first began attaching kites to boats. Between 1997 and 2006, Don worked with a team in Hawaii to develop kites for use with surfing canoes, small catamarans, and large motored cats; their accomplishments included wave-riding and several island crossings. (more…)
Here is another Little Tri update. This post follows up on our post from last week.
The comments from “Mike,” the builder / owner of this boat, are much appreciated. It’s great to be able to post these sailing videos of the boat he has just finished building.
I’d love to see a crab claw sail on this boat but its junk rig appears to be working well for it. The rig is pretty neat … and boat designer Bernd Kohler has created a great little multihull in this particular craft.
Plans for this sailboat can be obtained from Duckworks. (more…)
The following article comes from Duckworks Magazine. It’s a contribution from multihull sailor Ingmar Ogren, who has created a unique boat by starting out with a regular canoe and transforming it into a double outrigger.
I would only recommend someone with a lot of sailing experience to attempt what he has done here. As he even notes in the article, the craft is still a work in progress, but it’s showing some promise at this point.
Ingmar has named the boat Banane and it must really stand out on the island of Veddoe, in waters between Sweden and Finland. (more…)
I received the following press release from Windrider president Dean Sandberg today. It is reprinted in full below:
WindRider Announces First Five RAVE V Buyers may be Repaid in Full
MINNEAPOLIS – Following years of careful design and development, WindRider has begun production on the RAVE V, a revolutionary hydrofoil sailboat unlike any other foiling boat on the market today. Designed to bring the complex and exhilarating sport of sailing on hydrofoils to the average sailor, the RAVE V displays a level of stability and ease of sailing that cannot be found in other foiling boats – opening it up to a group of sailors who have never before now had the opportunity to fly on the water. In exchange for their initial investment, WindRider is prepared to repay the first five buyers the full purchase price of their RAVE V. (more…)
Boat designer Bernd Kohler sent me the link to the following YouTube video. In it, one of Bernd’s customers (Mike) shows off his recently completed Little Tri. (Now will be the best part … he’ll gets to ENJOY the boat :-)
Mike decided to put a split junk rig on his small trimaran and plans to sail the boat in the Texas 200. Congrats to him on his build … and the best to him in the race. (more…)
Here is an update from Cross 18 trimaran sailor Eric Dahlkamp. We last heard from Eric in this post. But now he shares the following about this great, classic small trimaran sailboat (By the way, the name of his sailboat is CROSSWINS … kinda cool):
Classic Cross 18 trimaran looking fresh!
I decided to keep my Cross 18 and am so glad I did! You may be interested to see a short video after my upgrades.
Added tramps and splash rails for less spray, tighter jib sheeting for upwind performance, used Prindle 16 battened main, new custom made roller furling foresail, painted cockpit and gunnels white and added red design highlights, built tiller for multiple sailing positions, added asymmetrical spinnaker, painted mast and boom, added much needed sheet and tramp bags, and more.
She points so tight to the wind it’s uncanny! Performance has increased several notches and visually she’s a lot brighter! A great boat for a 30 year old design and build! She’s still a beauty in my opinion! (more…)
Here is another report from Patrick, a sailor who is still very much enjoying his Richard Wood’s designed Strike 15 trimaran in France. A couple short videos below.
Patrick writes the following:
My best day was sailing solo along the pyla sand dune and the bird’s island at the mouth of Arcachon bay during the testsails in June 2014. I am currently sailing on the Cazaux – Sanguinet lake 20 km south of Arcachon (0n the newest videos) and 5 km from the Atlantic shore.
The boat’s performance to day (solo, no crew) is around 10 kt to windward and 13 kt downwind. However it is quickly overpowered owing to his mast length and I suspect it will be faster reefed or with a crew. (more…)
Building plans (and support) for the Buccaneer 24 Trimaran are now being offered by Ezifold Yachts. Ezfold Yachts is a New Zealand company, and they took over the marketing of the Buc 24 last year.
They believe this design, originally drawn up by Lock Crowther, especially since purchasing and refurbishing an aged Buccaneer 24 sailboat and using it as a test bed for their many design ideas. As a result, Ezifold Yachts is also now finalizing a modernization of the original plans and will be offering these from their website as well. (more…)
Sailor Den Bullen shares about his Gary Dierking designed Ulua outrigger canoe in this post. He is about to start building another ama to convert it to a trimaran.
The first photo shows the boat’s original, single”banana-shaped” ama, which was later changed to the one with more volume. It’s a beautiful boat, however, whatever ama type is utilized. (Thanks to Den for sharing the below info and pics with us here).
You can check out all of Den’s pics on Flicker (the pics of the boat are mixed in with a lot of other interesting photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/39922183@N03/sets/72157652221956926
Den wrote … (more…)
Our friend Stefano sent me the following link to the WINDYAK. There appears to be a lot of interest in having a paddling kayak that has the ability to convert into a stable sailboat. If that becomes a goal then putting double outriggers on the kayak becomes an attractive idea.
Hence, boats such as the Trika and Windyak seem to be attractive to many folks nowadays. (The images on this page are linked to directly from the Windyak site; visit their site to see many more pics).
The following comes from the introduction page for this boat. (Please keep in mind that the developers are French and this is the “English version” of their information. The writing is fairly good, though not polished in English):
A solution to continue frequently having fun on water is in varying pleasures, when practising a ‘local’ navigation. (more…)
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…)