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Securing a Mast for Trailing with a Small Trimaran

mast-secured-on-trailer-with-small-multihullHave 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…)

Sprint Canoe Trimaran in Slovenia

sprint-canoe-main-hull-for-trimaranSlovenian 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…)

Triak for Sale in Northeast US

This isn't Mike's boat; it's a picture of another Traik under sail

This isn’t Mike’s boat; it’s a picture of another Traik under sail

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.

Mike’s email is below if anyone is interested in purchasing this boat.

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Building a Wa’apa Double Outrigger

Snapshot of a completed Wa’apa double outrigger canoe on Gary Dierking’s blog

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.

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…)

Outriggers and Sail Rigs for Canoes

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…)

Viroga Sailing Kayak as Trimaran (Or Not)

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…)

Introducing the Seaclipper 13 (4 Meter) Trimaran

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.

seaclipper-13-4-meter-trimaran-1This 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…)

Quick Look at the MIND 15 Trimaran (in France)

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…)

Small Treasure Trove of Early AYRS Trimaran Articles

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…)

Endorphin Trimaran – Combined Motorboat and Sailboat

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…)

Double Outrigger Sailboat in Popular Science Magazine (August 1949)

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…)

Double Outrigger Canoe Historical Articles

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…)

Windrider Trimaran Sailing (& Camping) on Lake Diefenbaker

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…)

WindRider Launching New RAVE V Hydrofoil Sailing Trimaran

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…)

Slingshot 19 Trimaran Building Plans Now On Deck

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…)

How to Build Rudders or Dagger Boards

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…)

A Fast Little Tri On An Economical Budget

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…)

Michael Storer Talks Outriggers

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…)

A-Cat Hull Used for Trimaran

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…)