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!
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…)
As a follow up on the previous post, Eric Dahlkamp just sent me the following links about the Texas 200.
Good stuff for anyone thinking about participating in this event at some point. Enjoy!
First, the link to an article at the SailboatMonthly website: https://smallboatsmonthly.com/article/the-texas-200/ (more…)
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.
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…)
Sailor Jim Gallant shares an update here regarding the mini-Hydroptere trimaran he has been building. He shares some great pics with us below.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 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…)
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.
“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…)
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.
“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…)
Boat designer Bernd Kohler shared the following LITTLE TRI info and pics with me this week. Really neat.
I also look forward to the Sprit sail he mentions below. (more…)
Sailor Hien Ngo sent me an old magazine picture featuring a Yamaha Waterspyder windsurfer trimaran. This production windsurfer was once sold for a short while, decades ago. We’d love for someone who actually had one to tells a bit about how it performed.
We posted about one a few years ago here.
Anyhoo, here is the pic … (more…)
A gentleman named Don Kerr (from Fallston, Maryland) recently contacted me regarding the Seaclipper 16 trimaran he began building. (You can read more about the Seaclipper 16 on the designer’s website here and here.)
As you can read below, he is unable to complete the build. (more…)
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.
“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…)
Chuck F. just sent me a few more pics of the DC-3 trimaran he is building. It’s looking great. And BTW, I LOVE those “bare feet” on the step!
We’re looking forward to seeing this thing on the water in the near future :-) (more…)
Italian sailing friend Aurelio P. just sent me this pic of a new 10-foot carbon fiber trimaran. It fits the new boat class he has been promoting these past few years.
He said it’s a full carbon 10 ft tri, by Mario Falci, with new additional sail — a furling gennaker. It weighs just 40 kg. (more…)
Our friend Algie Bennett sent the following to us this past week. It’s a hoot.
See if you agree :-)
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…)
If what I’ve read in forums is correct, the Ostac is a later version of the Ian Farrier designed Haines Hunter Tramp. Sailor Wayne Holt is restoring one (see pics and info below).
Thanks to Wayne for sharing the following with us. (more…)
Sailor Thom Davis shared the following with me last week as pertaining to guessing the speeds of trimaran designs. I’d love to hear from others as to whether or not they feel this little formula reflects a general “accuracy” or not. (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
Sailor Bill Lovelock shares more Paraw sailing videos with us that he recently uploaded to YouTube. Bill first shared some great Paraw info with us in a previous post here.
Thanks for the links to these videos Bill :-) (more…)
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…)
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…)
Small tri reader Jens Wellejus shared the following with me this week from a Craigslist post in Denmark.
“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…)
Sailor (and small tri friend) David Villarroel shares the following photo with us. He found it on the Net featuring Randy Smyth’s trimaran SIZZOR with that new wing rig Jim Brown is so excited about.
Here is a link to the photo (click on the image to see the full pic). (more…)
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…)
I just saw something that caught my eye on Duckworks. A product called the Scullmatix.
Based upon a couple recent posts about “sculling a small multihull” I thought it may be of interest to some of our readers. (more…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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 :-)
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…)
In this post, sailor Roger Saunders is giving away a trimaran he built years ago. He’d really love for it to go to another sailor who appreciates the craft.
Seriously. Who does this sort of thing?
I’m thinking, “Not too many.”
Details follow below. Anyone interested can contact Roger via his phone number — also shared below. (more…)
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…)
Sailor Bill Genevro shares the following pictures with us of a small trimaran in Tahiti. He was able to get these shots even though he was about to leave.
We’d love to find out more about this boat and we’re grateful to Bill for taking time to take these pics and pass them along to all of us!
(Click the images below to enlarge.) (more…)
Meermark developer Thomas von Meer sent me the following specs and other info recently. This M17 update is a good follow-up to the previous post. (more…)
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!) (more…)
Sailor and self-boatbuilder Jim Gallant Jim Gallant is building another small trimaran. His first one was BEST GUESS – 20 foot plywood/fiberglass/epoxy tri based in Poulsbo, WA.
Jim informed me that he sold BEST GUESS and is now building another sailboat … a foiler based on a 1991 prototype of the famous Hydropter trimaran.
So far, Jim has chosen to use a hull from an old Solcat as the vaka for his boat and is using masts (cut down to fit his specs) for crossbeams. (more…)
In this post we feature a couple small trimarans built from Finn dinghy hulls. Sailor Jarda Suchopar shares about these boats (all the way from the Czech Republic.)
When I asked Jarda how he first got into small tris he replied with the following explanation:
It is a bit of a humorous story. Eight years ago we sailed in Poland on the very nice Mazury lakes. We were the only open dinghy — non cabin cruiser — on the lakes. Because the Finn dighy is easy to be capsized, we had clothes and sleeping needs enclosed in barrels. We met an old Polish yachtsman and he questioned us: “What do you carry in the barrels?“, he said in the Polish language. But in Czech it sounded like “what do you smuggle in the barrels?” My wife is able to tolerate a lot, but this time she said, “No more barrels for us!” So I started to think-about how to make a very lightweight, stable, easily transportable and low-cost small cabin cruiser for two … for our summer trips all over the Europe. (more…)
Sailor Jerry Culik shares about his Seaclipper 10 trimaran in this post. What is great about his story is that he only had to finish the boat. Most of the heavy construction had been done by another boat builder who decided to sell the Seaclipper.
See photo below
I don’t know how many of those kinds of deals are around, but I do know I love to see them when they’re available. Kudos to Jerry for hopping on this one and making a go of it. Now he has a little tri to enjoy … for years to come if he so desires.
Click on images below to enlarge. Thanks for sharing this one with us Jerry! (more…)
Today we feature some info from Thomas Meer, the entrepreneur behind the Meermark M17 Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe. He shares the below with us, including the following pictures.
We wish him and his business every success in this venture to introduce many individuals to the fun and adventure of sailing double outrigger canoes.
The following comes from sailor Bob Paine. He combined a Snipe sailboat with Hobie amas and created the following small tri.
By Bob Paine
Here’s a little 15″Snipe with Hobie 14′ amas (see below) that I put together and have been sailing on Lake Howard (Winter Haven, florida). (more…)
The following boat is being built by a professional boatbuilder for kayaker/sailer Tom Rough. It’s a variation of boat designer Klaus Metz’ TriRaid 560 trimaran.
I’ve little doubt it’s going to be a great looking boat when finished. Hopefully the sea trials meet Tom’s performance expectations. (He promises an update soon after the boat gets into the water :-)
Sailor Algie Bennett is at it again. He is currently building another small trimaran.
He shows off some more of his serious boatbuilding skills too :-)
It’s no wonder, given all of his previous work with the CLC double outrigger kayak he built.
He is calling this model the Vantage 475T, although the name of this specific craft will be NEMESIS.
At the moment, you will see that only one ama is attached to the boat. Algie still took it out for a test sail though … hence the video below!
It’s is an open cockpit daysailer with plenty of room for a sailor to move around. It’ll have lots of buoyancy in the amas – to drive it hard and fast. And I’m guessing the whole package is going to be a rather light sailboat (compared to many others).
Be sure to visit the build page for this boat (link below) for more detailed pictures. (more…)
The below links to an article at WindCheck Magazine. It’s a short summary of several commercially produced small trimarans offered in today’s marketplace.
It’s an introductory article, primarily geared towards complete small tri novices, but still worthwhile to post for anyone just getting interested in trying to find out more information about these craft. (more…)