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…)
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…)