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First Sail on a SeaRail 19 Trimaran

Sailor Thom Davis shares the video he made during the first sail of his newly acquired SeaRail 19 trimaran. He also created his own video showing how the folding system works on the water.

The sailing video’s opening theme song will also likely bring a smile to your face (if you’re of a certain age, that is :-)

Thanks for sharing these vids with us Thom!

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First SeaRail Sail
by Thom David

A while ago you did a writeup on the SeaRail 19 project. Thought you might like an update on the boat. It now is, of course, a folding trailerable trimaran… (more…)

New Philippine Paraw Boatbuilding Plan

Paraw designer / sailor Lorenzo Acompañado II just sent me the following text via email:

Just to let you know that I have a new set of boat plan available for a 20ft Trimaran. I sold a couple of plans in France last month and hoping to those sailing next year, including the one I am currently building.
Best Regards,
Lorenzo II
Davao, Philippines
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Expedition Double Outrigger Sailing Kayak

Kayak sailor Raul Ricci shares about his boat with us in this post (from Peru no less). How cool is that?

He shares some pictures (below) and promises to send in a video or two the next time he goes out sailing.

Thanks for sharing with us Raul

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Expedition Double Outrigger Sailing Kayak
by Raul Ricci

I am sending you some photos of my sailing kayak trimaran.

When I worked doing my kayak trimaran I had the pleasure of seeing your website and I appreciated so much of your open mind and passion for small trimarans.

I like to sail alone every weekend along La Punta beach and Isla San Lorenzo. I live in Peru. (more…)

Bahamas Cruising on a Tramp

Our previous blog post featured sailor Peter Lange sailing his Weta tri. In this post I am linking to Peter’s blog from a couple years back which detailed his preparation for and cruising to The Bahamas on a 19.5’ Tramp trimaran.

His name for this Tramp Tri was “AMA MAMA“. Once again, he features a lot of info about both his preparation and the trip itself.

This blog can be found at the following address: http://littleyellowtramp.blogspot.com/ (Go back to the 2015 entries and earlier to read about AMA MAMA. (more…)

Texas 200 on a Weta

Sailor Peter Lange shares a remarkably detailed account of his participation in the Texas 200 sailing event on his Weta trimaran in this post.

It’s so detailed that I have little doubt some folks are going to end up referring to this webpage when going over their own plans for a camp-cruise. It’s that detailed.

Enjoy!

(And thanks Peter, for sharing this write-up with us :-) (more…)

Old Canoe Plus Windsurfer Creates Small Tri

Here is an old commercially-made canoe, coupled with windsurfer parts, re-created into a small tri. Sailor Mark Schoenhals shares about his craft called DRAGONFLY with us in the videos below.

I am only sharing 3 of the videos he made about this project in this post. To see all of them you can visit the videos page on Mark’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/birchmark/videos

Mark writes:

This summer I began work on a small homebuilt trimaran using an aluminum canoe and an old wind surfer as raw materials. It was Jim Gallant’s design that inspired me to go for the canoe conversion. The result has been a fun little craft I call Dragonfly. (more…)

Small Camp-Cruising Sailing Trimaran Project

Sailor Eric Dahlkamp is working on a new boatbuilding project. This means he may soon have another boat to try out in a future Texas 200 sailing event.

This one is a small camp-cruising sailboat. Eric explains the thoughts behind this one, along with a few pics, just below.

Included are a couple concept renderings to help us see his vision for this small craft. Pretty neat.

Once again, we are indebted to him for sharing this project with us!

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Restored Searunner 25 Trimaran Now Sailing

Sailor John Ebert has been restoring a vintage Searunner 25 trimaran. See here and here for the backstory.

His craft, which he has worked for so long and so hard to get back into sailing shape, is now sailing once again … currently in Leech Lake, Minnesota.

Now, at long last … the reward! He shares the fruit of his efforts with us in pictures below.

Congrats on a job well-done John. (more…)

Texas 200 in a Cross 18 Trimaran

Sailor Eric Dahlkamp entered his Cross 18 trimaran in the Texas 200 sailboat event this summer. He produced some great videos to share with us about his adventure.

His Cross 18 is great-looking in addition to being a great sailboat. I LOVE the way this craft is setup for comfortable sailing (especially with that bimini top :-)

Just check it out. You’re gonna enjoy his videos below.

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Eric Writes:
This past June my brother and me participated in the tenth annual Texas 200, June 12-16. 2017. We sailed my Cross 18 trimaran. Texas 200 website: http://www.texas200.com/ (more…)

Mini-Hydroptere Foiling Trimaran Ready for Sea Trials

Sailor Jim Gallant shares an update here regarding the mini-Hydroptere trimaran he has been building. He shares some great pics with us below.

Jim writes:

I’m hoping to launch my foiling tri modeled after a 1990s Hydroptere prototype this coming Saturday. I have landscapers coming to clear debris and logs from my beach so I’ll be able to roll my dolly from my yard into the water. See attached pics of the completed boat. (more…)

Bolger Teal with Storer Outriggers

Sailor Jan Cudak put some nice outriggers on his small Bolger-designed monohull. Things may not always work out the way they did for him, but we love it when they do :-)

The outriggers, by the way, were designed by Michael Storer and can be purchased either at Duckworks or via Michael’s website.

I mentioned them in 2014 on this page. And Jan shares the following pictures and video with us.

Many thanks Jan! (more…)

Really? Two-Thirds of a Trimaran?

When our smalltri friend Hans Schipper sent us the following info I wasn’t going to post it. The craft is not, after all, a proper small trimaran.

Then I took a closer look at his ideas for daggerboard and rudder and it just seemed like I must post his pics and short vids. What he has created is very creative. And as always seems to be the case with Hans, they display an incredible amount of thought process when it comes to solving whatever the issue(s) at hand. (more…)

Gazelle – Farrier F25A

Sailor Bill Atherholt shares the following with us about his F25 trimaran. His blog contains many photos of it and can be seen here: http://www.trigazelle.com

Bill appears to have a small cruising tri that could possibly make many multihullers a little envious. (Seriously, I’d love to take a short sailing cruise with him on this boat ;-)

Many thanks to him for sharing it with us here. (more…)

Meade Gougeon – Farewell

A friend sent the following news to us last evening. Very sad news indeed.

This past weekend, on Saturday, the Bay City Yacht Club held its annual “Great Lakes Multihull Regatta.” This was a Gougeon Brothers sponsored event but Meade Gougeon was not able to participate this year because he recently became very sick.

The race committee moved Saturday’s start of the race from its usual point to the waterfront area at Meade Gougeon’s house, as a personal tribute to him. Meade was brought to the front windows of his home so he could see all the boats lined up and watch the start of the race. (more…)

Kayak Trimaran Now with Larger Amas

Kayak sailor Eric Light has created larger amas for his double outrigger sailing kayak. So neat! And he says they accomplished exactly what they were meant to do, which is stand up to heavier wind.

To get a complete understanding of what Eric has done, see the previous entries about this boat project first here … and then here.

Eric shares the below info with us. And be sure to check out his boat blog too, which features this boat and other stuff. (more…)

Scarab 22 Trimaran for Sale in Vermont

Sailor Greg Kelly is selling his Scarab 22 trimaran. He bought this particular boat from the builder, who we posted about back in 2009, and has enjoyed sailing it ever since.

Greg writes:
“Joe, I’m getting back to you about posting my tri for sale. I’ve gone back/forth; do I sell it, do I keep it. I absolutely love it; unfortunately, I must sell it.

I sailed TriTiki on Lake Champlain in Vermont; day sailing, doing weekend trips with my kids. I set it up for easy single-handing. The builder, Olivier LeBlanc, did a fabulous job building it. (more…)

Malabar Trimaran Still Looks Good

The Malabar trimaran pics below come to us from “Nic” who is offering his boat for sale. More info about the Malabar can be found here.

Nic writes:
“Joe, I remember reading a discussion on your website … about a malabar trimaran. I was lucky enough to find one a few years ago and I can confirm that it is a pleasure to sail on this little fast and light trimaran. I received many compliments and many find it very pretty … it turns heads. (more…)

Aluminum Trimaran on the Water

Remember that aluminum trimaran project we wrote about awhile back? No?

Okay, see here and here for a refresher.

Well, the builder/sailor Valery Gaulin just sent me the following short update (and pics below). How great that it got completed.

Valéry writes:
“I realized that I never gave you a follow up on my project. I finished my project probably 3 years ago. It was hard to complete, but I got it done! It sailed well with my final design good very easy to handle for even a single-hander. Here are a couple pictures of the finish trimaran.”

Here is to that wonderful “can-do” spirit of DIYers everywhere. Wow. (more…)

Moving a Small Trimaran / Pro Around in a Car Park

Our friend Algie Bennett sent the following to us this past week. It’s a hoot.

See if you agree :-)

Algie wrote:

I’ve not had much time to do anything to move my ISO dinghy project from being a proa to actually becoming a fully fledged trimaran due to horrendous work commitments but thought this might give your readers a laugh.

The boat is a bit awkward for me to move around by myself as the ramp at Lymington where we now sail from is very steep, so I decided to “repurpose and up-cycle” an old electric scooter courtesy of my old uncle Ron.

I removed the seat, added a simple little hitch, dropped the dolly on and scooted off: (more…)

New Triak Sailing Kayaks

This past week, I heard from George Yioulos, the President of West Coast Sailing. He sent me the following info and pics as they relate to the Triak.

George mentioned possible Triak upgrades and said he is excited to offer the current version of this paddle / sailing design to customers. His email is a nice follow up to last week’s post.

(We wish all Triakers everywhere every success!) Be sure to click through on the links to find out even more.

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Triak Modifications for Bigger Sailing Winds

Sailor Thom Davis shares info (and a video) about modifications he has made to his Triak. As explained in this post, his mods are geared towards making the boat a better sailer in bigger winds.

Thom also introduced me to George Yioulos, from West Coast Sailing, who is the new Triak distributor. I’ll be sharing some info George sent to me in coming days. I link to their website below for anyone who might want more info about the Triak.

— Joe (more…)

Spirit 422 Trimaran Now Available

We first heard about the Spirit 422 trimaran in this post here. And now it seems Italian sailors / boat developers Paolo and Danilo (Paul and Daniel) are now seeing their dream become a production boat reality.

I received the following email from Paul this week (Since Paul wrote to me in Italian, the following is derived from Google’s “translate” feature): (more…)

Quadmaran Success

Sailor David K. sent me the following report (a couple days ago) of the initial sea trial of his “quadmaran.” As you’ll read below, he is very happy with the result of his Hobie-Bravo-with-outriggers modification.

I’ll update this post with pics as soon as David sends them to us. (And many thanks to him for taking time to share this project craft with us!) (more…)

Testing a Quadmaran

I received the following info and pics from sailor David Kagan. He has taken a narrow small Hobie cat hull and then added outriggers to it.

Will it work?

David promised to share how his sea trials go with us. I can’t help but admire his boatbuilding skills. This unique craft sure looks nice and is sure to draw attention at the boat ramp!

I’ll let David take it from here. (more…)

Small Boat Fun in Cedar Key (with Jim Brown)

In his latest “capercast,” Jim Brown shares about his trip to the yearly small boat gathering in Cedar Key, Florida. He tells a couple great stories, along with some details about interesting developments in the boating marketplace.

He begins, however, with a fascinating report about a sailor who has (supposedly) crossed the Tasman Sea in a 17-foot Windrider trimaran. (Can anyone help Jim confirm this)? (more…)

Denmark Trimaran Project (on Craigslist)

Small tri reader Jens Wellejus shared the following with me this week from a Craigslist post in Denmark.

He wrote:

“16 foot project boat up for sale in Denmark. Cheap too. The seller is asking some 200 usd. Not negotiable”http://www.dba.dk/anden-type-selvbyg-trimaran/id-1033620870/?

If the boat is indeed selling for $200 then it could be a fabulous deal for someone who knows what they’re doing (meaning, they have the knowledge to finish the building process and transform these now-separate hulls into an efficient sailboat.)

I don’t know how long this will be posted on Craigslist, but I do link the pictures below to their locations within the CL ad. I used Google translate to obtain the below description of the boat, which is in Danish. (more…)

New Chryz10 build for 2017

Another Chryz10 trimaran from sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Christofer Olsson? Yes!

We’ve seen him in action before, including here and here.

It’s almost finished and ready for sea trials. (We’re looking forward to that report. And check out his blog too — www.chryz10.com :-)

Chris tells the story about this new boat below. And he shares a some pics and a “walk-around” video as well.

(All I can say is Chris’ sailing mind & boatbuilding skills amaze me. Seriously.) (more…)

Finger Mullet Trimaran in the EC

The FINGER MULLET is a trimaran that completed in this year’s Everglades Challenge boat race. There is an article about how it was built on Duckworks.

Our friend Stefano Moretti found this article and sent it to me after seeing pictures of this boat as having participated in the 2017 EC. (Another great find Stef … thanks for sharing it with us! :-)

We’d love to find out how this boat performs under sail. Perhaps its owner will share some more info about FM with us here on smalltrimarans.

Triple A Trimaran with Rowing Flappers

Sailor Hans Schipper has been tweaking his Triple A trimaran some more. He has come up with some rowing flappers.

It seems like coming up with a boat motor alternative is on the mind of small tri folks lately. Hans offers some pics and a short video below.

He writes:

The sailing season is starting up slowly. Last week I was invited to show a presentation of the Cool Finn om the Hiswa, the biggest Dutch boat show, as a example from creative re-use of old material for the Amateur Boat Building Award. I received an honorable mention. It was nice to be at at the boat show and meet other boat lovers. (more…)

Identify This Trimaran from Down Under?

Australian sailor Daniel Robin recently acquired a small cruising trimaran and would like some help identifying it.

It’s a beautiful looking boat; that’s for sure. I specifically asked Daniel if the beams demount for trailing and he shares a bit of into about that particular feature below.

Any readers who might know something about this particular design are invited to share it in the Comments area below.

This is the sort of thing where the collective mind of the small tri community often provides amazing insights :-) (more…)

Randy Smyth Wins (Class 5) 2017 Everglades Challenge

Sailor Randy Smyth has done it again. He won the small multihulls class of the 2017 Everglades Challenge on his trimaran SIZZOR.

Only this time, he has used a new;y patented Wing Rig to do it. If you scroll down to the end of the pictures that are linked to on this thread at the WoodenBoat Forum you can see a couple pics of it.

To get the scoop on this new rig, however, check out Jim Brown talking about it on his podcast here.

You’ll be glad you did … it’s so cool :-)

Paraw Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe Plans

Sailor Lorenzo Acompañado II has published plans for a 20-foot Paraw. The Paraw is a traditional double outrigger sailing canoe in the Philippines.

Lorenzo has published some information, along with boatbuilding plans for a Paraw, on his website: https://samaloutrigger.wordpress.com/

The following text and pictures and video are shown on his website (and used here with his permission)…
(Click on the images to enlarge them a bit) (more…)

How to Scull a Multihull

Sailor Hans van der Zijpp wrote an article about how to scull a small multihull. It has been published by Duckworks Magazine but Hans also wanted to share it with readers here at smalltrimarans.

Be sure to check out the short clip of the actual sculling process on the Facebook page he shares a link to at the end of his article. It really does work well. It’s evident that a lot of time and thought went into thinking about it. (more…)

Self-Built H19 Trimaran (Hobie Modification)

Sailor and self-boatbuilder Bill Kennedy shares background info and pictures of his H19 small trimaran. “An H19 trimaran?” you ask. Yes, we reply. Bill is currently developing one.

It utilizes a Hobie 20 catamaran hull (I am guessing) for the vaka and self-designed double outriggers for its amas. Bill has a lot of sailing experience under his belt, which is exactly what is needed to make a project like this successful.

Can’t wait to see this one in the water this summer. Also pictured is a Rhodes 19, which he is also in the process of refurbishing. See below.

(Thanks Bill, for sharing this with us!)
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