Challenger trimarans are based in the UK. I wish they were on this side of the Atlantic too. (I’ve wanted to sail one ever since learning the story of how they came about a number of years back).
I’ve done a bit of corresponding with sailor Dawn Smith over the past couple weeks. She is highly skilled sailor who badly injured her back while navigating her cruising vessel in a huge storm in 2013. Dawn has been researching the best way for her to get back onto the water for awhile.
Especially what sort of boat to sail. (more…)
Sailor Gary Baigent is almost finished building his unique, self-designed trimaran. This boat is going to use foils as its outriggers.
Gary is a very experienced waterman and builder, but this is certainly “out of the box.” I don’t know that I know many guys who would attempt anything like this.
We’re already looking forward to hearing about the sea trials for this one.
Gary wrote the following when he sent the below pics to me a few days ago. Click on the images to enlarge. (Thanks for keeping us updated on this boat Gary!) (more…)
Here is a great looking Seaclipper 16 trimaran launched this summer (colorful too :-)
It was built by sailor Ed Stewart, who is sailing this boat on nearby lakes in Tennessee. He says the boat performs well under sail and his wife really likes its stability.
Building plans for this boat can be obtained from designer John Marples (you can check out plans/specs for this particular boat at his website here). (more…)
The first 2 episodes of Jim Brown’s “Nautical Lore Capercast” … a.k.a., his podcast … have just been published.
No, they’re not strictly about SMALL TRIMARANS at all. But there is sure to be lots of stuff about tris, including smaller ones, in these podcast shows.
They’re NOT on iTunes (yet). His show will hopefully be featured on iTunes within a few days. (I say this for any hard-core iTunes subscribers out there who might be reading this … you know who you are :-) (more…)
Announcing Jim Brown’s Outrig “Capercast” … a new podcast of modern nautical lore.
The below comes from Jim’s press release about the new podcast. Be sure to listen to the podcast’s introductory audio below if you enjoy this modern type of media :-) (more…)
Today we have the best update yet from sailor Travis Haggard regarding his self-styled, self-named “MacGregor Venture Hobie Trimaran.” Why do I say BEST UPDATE yet? Because the boat is now SAILING of course!
As you may recall, this boat came about as an idea to create a trimaran by attaching Hobie 18 hulls (for outriggers) to a used Macgregor Venture 21 sailboat. We first featured it here. Then posted an update on his building project here. And then posted another update here.
This is a serious DIY project. And it’s not for the foolish … or faint of heart. (more…)
Sailor and small trimaran afficianado Aurelio P. is working to build up a 10 foot trimaran class. With this goal in mind, He has additionally created a whole bunch of renders and pdf docs featuring a new 10 foot trimaran design.
We’ve already seen him working on his own 10 foot boat here and here. And he even set up a website for the 10 foot class here.
These can be seen (and downloaded) below. It is Aurelio’s hope this information will ultimately help sailors build their own boats so they can participate in future regattas. (more…)
Sailor Richard Oates is selling the Strike 16 trimaran he built. As you will read below, he hasn’t sailed the boat much due to health issues (which is why he is now offering it for sale).
Richard has re-rigged it in a way that many sailors might like. You’ll see that he has gone the extra mile in the construction process too.
For more background on this particular design, you can read our first post about the Strike 16 here. There are, however, many posts about the Strike 16 on this site, which you can find using the search box feature. (more…)
Sailor John Ward is selling his Tridarka Raider. This is a very interesting boat design, originally developed for the “chief” of Watertribe.
The Tridarka Raider was featured in the book More Small Trimarans.
John sent me the following info about this boat (below). (more…)
After seeing our previous post featuring Paraws, sailor Bill Lovelock shares the following pictures with us. He took these photos of sailing Paraws in Borocay in 2009.
Many of them are wonderfully detailed when it comes to the rigging of these unique boats. So many thanks to him for sharing them with us here!
Bill also shared the following when sending these pics:
Here are a few photos I took of Visayan sailing paraws in Borocay in 2009. I believe there are some close-ups of the steering setup. (more…)
Here are a few of the many YouTube videos featuring Paraw outrigger sailing canoes. They are amazingly fast, in addition to being colorful.
I love the unique trampoline configuration. While the center hull itself is almost completely decked-over, the wide tramps allow for many passengers.
One thing I am not sure about are the steering control lines attached to the rudder. There are no tillers or push-pull sticks, just control lines. Is that comfortable on the hands? One of the videos below seems to show the control line being fed through a block. If anyone can find a video or illustration that offers some more details on the ways this control line is arranged then we’d appreciate links in the “comments” section below. (more…)
The first Zeta trimaran, a new design from Richard Woods, is now under sail. We first featured the Zeta here.
Here are some pics and a video of the first sail of the first boat. Looks pretty good, especially with light wind.
One obvious goal of the pictures is to emphasize the boat’s lightness in weight. That is surely a great feature, especially for guys that want to easily trailer (or cartop) a boat to a nearby body of water, go sailing for a couple of hours, and then pack the boat up for the trip back home. (more…)
Sailor Christofer Olsson has done it again. A new self-built sporty small trimaran design.
His Chryz 10 turned out to be pretty neat. But now he has put a new boat on the water he calls the “Chryz Outlaw trimaran.”
Info from Chris and a couple videos below.
Designer Richard Woods shared the following pieces of news-info with us regarding a few of his designs. I thought we’d collectively them them here in this post.
Duo dinghy / Tryst trimaran News…
I received a photo of Peet’s 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy a couple of weeks ago. It was the first boat he had ever built. Now, like so many people (including me) he has converted it to the Tryst trimaran, although slightly modified from the original drawings. (more…)
Here is a video update for the Sardine Run 19 trimaran. It comes to us from Allel Behidj of the Sardine Run boatyard in France.
We first featured this boat prior to the first one being built. And the Sardine 19 concept is now reality.
This sailboat, made with modern composite materials, looks terrific … especially with those inverted bows. (more…)
The Ultralight 20 trimaran, designed and built by Warren Light Craft, is a high-tech, amazing sailing machine. Seriously.
Canadian sailor, Max B., currently has his UL20 up for sale. He has really enjoyed sailing it.
Max shares a few words about the boat here (below). He also provided us with some pics and also gave us permission to share the video he had posted on Facebook featuring his sailboat. If anyone is interested in contacting Max for possible purchase of his boat can reach him at: (more…)
I received the following email inquiry from Mark S. a couple weeks ago. He is trying to identify the following trimaran (picture below). (more…)
Sailor Tony Basso (from Half Moon Bay, CA) alerted me to the following piece of small tri news. The Discovery 20 trimaran, a Chris White design from the 80’s is undergoing an update.
The design aspect of things is already completed. There were some tweaks Chris thought would make the boat a little better, including lengthening the center hull to 21 feet. The real news is that it’s going to be offered as both a production boat (for anyone that wants one completely made for them) AND a kit (for someone who wants to complete the build themselves). (more…)
Probably one of the first ads ever for a small trimaran. Our friend Ian McGehee found this one while reading an actual copy of the original magazine in which it appeared.
Below is the full image of an ad for the “Pioneer” trimaran model, designed by Victor Tchetchet, from page 129 of POPULAR SCIENCE – April 1947 – which I am linking to below (the digital version) on Amazon.com
So neat! (Thanks for sharing this with us Ian :-) (more…)
Not just one but two small tris got in trouble this past week. Yikes, we don’t like hearing about this at all. (Trimarans are meant to offer sailors stability, after all!)
Thankfully, the sailors in trouble were rescued. This should give all of us pause to reflect that careful planning and prudent sailing practices — coupled with respect for both the water and weather conditions — are always necessary. (more…)
Here is a skin-on-frame double outrigger sailing canoe currently in sea trials right now. The designer/builder is SOF expert Dave Gentry, who features the following info on his “What’s New” page at his website.
This sailing canoe is an attempt to create an extremely lightweight, yet seaworthy, outrigger in SOF. It’s modeled after a boat called “Perahu Katir,” which is a type of Jukung from Northeast Java. (more…)
The Cool Finn trimaran is now sailing. We first got a glimpse of this trimaran under construction back in January.
Sailor Hans Schipper has built another beauty here. (His first one was featured a couple years ago in this post).
This “Cool Finn” combines the hulls of a Cool Cat catamaran with a main hull of a Finnjol dinghy. It goes against the norm by combining a relatively wide, flat-bottomed center hull with the slender beach cat hulls typically associated with multihulls. (more…)
From what I can tell, it appears a couple Farrier-designed boats have fared well in the R2AK Race.
Team “Mail Order Bride”, sailing a F85SR – Farrier “Super Racer” trimaran – have finished.
And it appears Team “Un-Cruise Adventures,” who are sailing a F-25c trimaran, are also approaching Ketchikan harbor.
The 1st place finisher was still a multihull … a large 32-foot beach catamaran sailed by Team “MAD Dog Racing”. (more…)
Lots. And lots. Of small tris. (In the R2AK).
I’ve listed them below. Did I miss any? I hope not.
You can read about them (and see a pic or two of each one) on the “Race Participants” webapge here: https://r2ak.com/full-race-participants2016/
You may also want to check out one of the “pre-race” YouTube vids, which I’ve also posted below. (more…)
Can You Identify This 13 to 15 Foot Trimaran? One of our readers sent these pics a couple days ago. (Photos below). He thinks this boat was once in production somewhere.
I think I’ve seen this model before (and to be honest, it may already be posted somewhere on this blog … I just can’t remember).
I am, therefore, taking the E-Zeee way out of this ID dilemma and asking if one (or two or three) of our other superb readers can offer some feedback about this sailboat. If so then just post in the “Comments” area below. (more…)
Here is Part 2 of my conversation with Jim Brown about the rescue of SCRIMSHAW, his old Searunner trimaran. Part one of this audio (which you’ll want to listen to first if you haven’t done so already) is here.
We find out how Jim and his friends handle – or rather, get handled by – an “out-of-control” boat. (more…)
Self-boatbuilder / sailor Eric Light is now sailing and paddling his new boat. We first saw what he was doing in our first post about the project here – http://smalltrimarans.com/blog/a-grande-small-tri-project/.
Eric sent the following update to me (read below) this past weekend. So great to see the results of his efforts.
The 4 pictures I’ve linked to here come from Eric’s building blog and are copyrighted by him (I link to these images directly on his site. Be sure to check it out because he has lots more info and pics there.
Pretty neat. I love the sail on it too. (more…)
The 2nd Race to Alaska starts this week. And we know of at least one small trimaran that will be in the mix.
Boat designer Bernd Kohler shared the following pictures with me of a boat built and sailed by Matt Johnson. It’s a small trimaran that is now utilizing a rig that Bernd designed for the Tiny Tri model. (more…)
Jim Brown is in the process of helping to rescue his old, beloved cruising trimaran SCRIMSHAW. His friend Bruce M. just bought the boat from the fellow Jim sold it to 3 years ago.
This isn’t strictly “small trimaran” related, per se, but Jim is always sooooo entertaining when it comes to his multihull storytelling … this audio was just too good not to share with you here on smalltrimarans.
He has told me in the past (and loves to share with anyone with a listening ear) that, “Sailing is about continuing to learn something new every time you go out in a boat.” (more…)
I just received the following Strike 20 Trimaran info from Richard Woods. He has been selling plans for this sailboat for awhile but this is the first one sailing (video below).
By the way, Richard says he is offering the following special deal for smalltrimarans.com readers. He writes, “Plans normally cost GBP250, but if people say they saw them on your site I’ll sell them for GBP200 (USD300)”
Isn’t that cool? (Thanks Richard … we appreciate that very much :-) (more…)
I just discovered a new product being advertised at Duckworks. It’s billed as a new type of epoxy that offers some terrific benefits not currently found with most other epoxies right now.
Since I’m a big fan of Duckworks Boatbuilders Supply I’ll assume the product’s claims are genuine (at least for the moment).
I dislike working with epoxy. It’s a major component in wooden boatbuilding these days and I’ve used it for both the boats I’ve built. It’s never been easy for me to work with though. (more…)
When we last heard from sailor Don Thompson he was still building his Seaclipper 13 trimaran. His boat is now sailing.
Don shares the following report with us about how the boat is performing. As you’ll see for yourself, he loves the boat. There are going to be plenty of smiles and lots of fun sailing on the Ottawa River this summer. (It’s also personally rewarding when a boatbuilding project turns out this way). (more…)
Here are a few pics of a recent boat rescue. Boat designer Graeme Delaveau got to rescue one of his own designs – the first ever built Nicky Cruz 25 trimaran had been sitting on a trailer on a farm under an Oak Tree for the past 10 years.
Since the price was right, it had to be rescued! Right?
Graeme emailed and summed things up as follows: (more…)
Here is an update on the CLC Sport tandem double outrigger kayak featured last summer. Sailor Algie Bennett continues to refine and tweak this boat.
A quick update for you – a new video of my Sport Tandem kayak/trimaran – kaymaran. I’ve moved the mast and leeboard back 18 inches and got a furling line on the jib which have transformed it.
The improvement is massive: turning quicker and lighter and tacking is nice and predictable. It is now situated just in front of the front cockpit giving more bow volume up front and feels great. (more…)
Our friend Stefano discovered a web link to this concept tri. It appears to be a dissertation project from an Italian student.
This boat joins a large beach cat with a larger center hull. It’s a nice looking concept-rendering. (more…)
Small trimaran sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Andrey Titorenko shares his boat with us in this post. Actually, he shares both his online photo album here, with lots of pics and a google translation page filled with relevant info to match his pics. (Andrey’s native language is Russian).
This boat has some unique features. It’s sure to generate some discussions and get the creative juices flowing for more than a few guys with building project of their own.
Many thanks to Andrey for sharing this great looking sailboat with us. (more…)
Sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Berthold Theelen recently finished building this small trimaran in the Philippines. He named it “Heart of Gold.”
Great name. Great looking tri :-)
This tri’s center hull came from a Tiki 21 catamaran. Berthold has “only” got the boat up to about 14 knots at this point because it’s a bit “heavy.” He explains it all in his story of the boat found below … although I find 14 knots for this converted cat to tri project none-too-shabby. But that’s just me :-) (more…)
As per our previous post regarding this Searunner 25 trimaran … it appears its new owners are wasting no time in restoring her.
John E. sent me lots of great photos of progress so far. (I am amazed at both the speed and skill these guys possess when it comes to boat repair.
Here are just 7 of the restoration pics sent to me. I am attempting to show the depth they are going to fully repair this boat — and even perhaps make it better than new. This will certainly be true of the ama deployment system, which they’ve engineered to make it possible for just one person to unfold the amas on the trailer to get the boat ready for launching on a ramp. (more…)
Sailor John Ebert and his brother are going to restore a Searunner 25 trimaran in Minnesota. They recently purchased it from someone in Duluth.
The ad for this boat can still be seen on this SailingTexas webpage.
While the boat once sailed on Lake Superior, John is going to sail this classic small tri on the pristine waters of Leech Lake, which is a little bit inland. (Leech sure does look pretty). (more…)
Kayaker Eric Light is putting outriggers on his boat. He has published photos and general info about the building project on his blog, which can be found here.
For a general overview of this project, check out this page: http://golightlythroughthisworld.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page_22.html
What I liked about Michalak’s “Rio Grande” kayak was that it’s small and yet it has the capacity to carry some gear. I’m hoping to do some camping with it, around the Gulf Islands here, as well as day sailing wherever I can put in locally. (more…)
Sailor Slava Joukoff sent me the following info and pictures last week. This small trimaran was recently sold to him under the name of “ConverterYacht”, meaning may have been originally sold by a company named “Converter Yachts.”
It’s a trailerable 17-foot sailboat and when the crossbeams are pulled out to full length it has a beam of about 12-feet.
Slava thinks there were several built … although he isn’t sure exactly how many. The boat features a custom-built main hull (fabricated within a proper mould). And the amas were taken from a 14-foot Calypso beach catamaran. (more…)
Small trimaran sailor Gary Baigent sent me the following 2 pictures, along with their explanation, this past weekend. It’s short and sweet… (more…)
Sailor Nicholas Apollonio built a unique small tri he named Voltaire that we featured here. He had some great sails in the boat last year and thinks it makes for a great lake sailing boat.
Nicholas is now selling Voltair, however, in order to begin another boatbuilding project. (I’ve heard some folks get bit by something called a “boatbuilding bug” … it’s not dangerous to one’s health though unless they somehow mishandle epoxy or something :-)
The attached pics were taken during one of those nice sailing days last summer. (more…)
Randy D. is selling his Haines-Hunter Tramp Trailer-Tri. Anyone not familiar with this production boat from the 1980s designed by Ian Farrier can check out this page on the F-Boat website. And also this post on smalltrimarans – http://smalltrimarans.com/blog/haines-hunter-trailer-tramp-trimaran-in-shark-bay/
Randy shares the below info with us, including a short write-up about the sailboat along with a few pictures.
UPDATE 6-24-16: This boat has sold. Thanks to everyone who had interest! (more…)
The Alien trimaran is a unique sailing craft that perfectly fits into the DIY category of boats we’ve seen a lot here on smalltrimarans. I think you’re gonna like it too!
The following was sent to us months ago and I somehow forgot to post it :-(
My bad! (Very bad, actually … sincere apologies to sailor Mike Schreibman, who both constructed and sails this beauty).
As Mike shares below, this is a very successful sailboat in terms of both performance and budget (considering it’s a sleek-looking speedster on the water at times). (more…)
The Seaclipper 13 trimaran is one of the newer small tri models designed by John Marples. Sailor Don Thompson is almost finished building one in Ottawa, Canada.
It’s a very nice looking one too. Don was kind enough to take a whole bunch of pics and share them with us.
These photos reflect 7 months of work. Don estimates he has put about 400 hours into building the boat so far. (more…)
Our friend Stefano recently sent me the link to the following trimaran article (in pdf). It’s written by multihull designer Tony Grainger.
Tony is one of the boat designers that I interviewed in the book, “More Small Trimarans.”
A lot of readers might find the article’s content very interesting … or even just a plain good ‘ole read. (I hope so anyways.)
If you’d like to check it out then click here in order to open the pdf document. (more…)
Here is an even closer look at the ulua double outrigger sailing canoe named HIKURANGI. Our previous post about this boat is here.
Sailor Frank Gorden shares a few more pics along with links to a few short videos of the boat under sail. He also clarifies the meaning of his boat’s name.
“Been out sailing and hardly had any time for any thing else. Just come back from a 24 km trip down the coast from Te kouma to Manaia. The waka is running well in the ocean. Here are some more pics (click on images to enlarge): (more…)
The following info comes to us from Toby Johnston, CEO of Ezifold Yachts LTD, regarding the E3 Bazooka Trimaran. Toby sent me a couple links to Ezifold’s facebook pages. It has to do with answering inquirers’ questions about Bazooka updates that are currently being made.
I’ll quote some of what is on those pages, but encourage readers to click the links to see the posted images on each page. Their first facebook page is here and the second one is here.
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Sailor Frank Gorden has built a beautiful double outrigger cailing canoe in NZ. An Ulua design, by Gary Dierkding, to be more specific.
Frank named the boat “Hikurangi.” According to Wiki, “Hikurangi is a settlement in Northland, New Zealand.”
He shares a few pics with us below and also links to a couple pages on flickr, which showcases a couple nice videos of the boat under sail. These vids show the boat sailig in Coromandel Harbour. (more…)