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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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Mini-Hydroptere Foiling Trimaran

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…)

From Finn Dinghies to Small Trimarans

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…)

Seaclipper 10 Trimaran in Pennsylvania

See photo below

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.

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…)

More on the Meermark M17 Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe

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.

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TriRaid 560 S Trimaran – New Variation

triraid-560s-trimaran-5The 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 :-)

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Vantage 475T Trimaran Under Construction

vantage-475t-trimaran-4Sailor 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…)

Short Summary of Several Commercial Trimarans

searail-tri-windcheck-magThe 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…)

SeaPearl Trimaran Looking for a New Home

seapearl-trimaran-in-wisconsin-7The below info comes from a Craigslist ad featuring a double outrigger SeaPearl sailboat (the trimaran version) for sale. This particular boat, by the way, is currently in Wisconsin.

I touched based with the owner and got his permission to re-post the info about his SeaPearl here.

It turns out he has been sailing multihulls since the late 60’s. Just a couple years out of high school, he purchased one of those (now classic) Malibu Outrigger boats (which was a single outrigger) and rebuilt the akas while also duplicating the ama so he could sail the boat as a trimaran. (more…)

Winter Wonderland Sailing

ice-boat-sailing-in-quebec-during-the-1800sOK. Let me admit, immediately, right up front, that I don’t currently go sailing in the Wintertime. And I have little desire to do so. At all. At least in New Jersey.

Florida? Yes!!!

New Jersey? No!!!

Nosireeee. The older I get the more I detest really cold weather. (more…)

Seaclipper 10 Sail Trials in Norway

seaclipper-10-trimaran-in-norwayThe Seaclipper 10 is a fun little trimaran. We’ve featured it in previous posts, especially here here and here.

Below are a couple of videos featuring Seaclipper 10 sea trials from 2014 in central Norway.

Two of the more notable features of the SC10 are its cockpit seating coupled with robust, buoyant amas. Both serve to make the boat a comfortable platform upon which one can comfortably sail. Sailors with certain physical limitations are often attracted to the SC 10 because there is no need for hiking out. (more…)

Predator Trimaran Molds Available for FREE

predator-trimaran-molds-availableURGENT Predator Trimaran News …

I interviewed developer Paul Dawson about the Predator trimaran concept in my 2nd book. Loved the concept and features of his approach for offering sailors a commercially-produced and affordable trailerable tri.

The very limited market for these boats in his area, however, has made it a tough place for the venture to be commercially successful. Paul has the molds for these boats stored in a boatyard that now wants them off their property. This could be a great opportunity for someone with the means to acquire these molds and set up their own small trimaran business very quickly … provided they like the concept of the Predator trimaran(s). (more…)

Modifying the Triple A Trimaran with a Finn

finns-on-triple-a-trimaran-4The Triple A Trimaran has now been modified a bit. Sailor / self-boatbuilder Hans Schipper optimized this craft after building his newer boat.

And what is the “coolest thing” about the modified Triple A? Well, its “finn,” of course. (See below).
Hans shares the following with us here, including info, pics and vids.

There is a good bit to think about with regards to what is going on when it comes to the finns now attached to the amas of this boat. (more…)

Meet Meermark Double Outrigger Canoes

meermark-trimaran-double-outrigger-sailing-canoe-1Ever heard of the Meermark double outrigger sailing canoes? No? That’s okay.

I only recently found out about them … thanks to small tri friend Tony Watermann (Thanks Tony).

As Tony noted, they appear to be somewhat similar to, but perhaps less costly, than Windrider 17s and others. I tried to contact Meermark’s manufacturers directly, at least twice, and get some more info from them. They never responded to my questions.

Not a problem though … little ole’ me just wanted to clarify some things :-) (more…)

Owner-Designed Taenga 16 Trimaran in France

taenga-16-trimaran-1The Taenga 16 Trimaran is an owner designed / built 16 foot trimaran in France. Sailor Jacques Aubert shares his new sailboat, set to be launched next Spring, with us here in this post.

According to Wikipedia “TAENGA,” or Taunga-hara, is one of French Polynesia’s Tuamotu atolls. It sure looks like a place I’d like to go sailing :-)

Jacques has set up a website featuring his Taenga 16 trimaran here. And a Facebook page with even more pictures here.

The boat looks beautiful. It appears Jacques really knows what he is doing when it comes to building a boat with fiberglass and epoxy – at least aesthetically. If it performs well under sail then he is going to have a fine boat indeed.

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

Piver Nugget Trimaran for Sale in California

piver-nugget-trimaran-for-sale-in-cali-1bSailor Greg Hardt is selling his Piver Nugget trimaran. (We featured Greg’s boat awhile back in this post here.)

He has just bought a new Hallberg Rassy 35 and says it’s time to let the Nugget go. His contact info is below for anyone interested in this boat.

Great writes:

This 24 foot Piver Nugget was built at Lasco Marine in El Viso California back in 1966. She has cold mold fiber glass hulls, two masts, three main sails, three jibs and a spinnaker. (more…)

Potential Buyer Inquiring about Cross Multihulls

cross-18-trimaran-photo-9Let’s see if we can help make a “Cross Multihulls” connection here. Sailor Neal Strong is trying to get in touch with Jeff Turner, who has been the custodian for Norm Cross’ multihull designs for a good number of years.

Can anyone reading this help Neal connect with Jeff so they can do some “multihull business”? That is the essence of Neal’s message to the small tri community below.

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Searunner 25 Trimaran Restoration Continues in Minnesota

searunner-25-trimaran-restoration-continues-7The restoration of the Searunner 25 trimaran in Minnesota continues. And see here also. I received the following detailed info and pics from sailor John Ebert, who is really going the extra mile to restore this classic tri.

If you’re someone who loves “technical information” then you’re going to love this post! It’s important to note, however, that what John shares below isn’t techie for “techies’ sake” … it’s very practical.

IMO, John’s info is going to give a lot of sailors some food for thought as they work on their boats. (more…)

Rudi 6.0 Trimaran Almost Ready Down Under

rudi-trimaran-3Sailor Aaron de Ruiter shares some info and pics of his 20-foot trimaran. He designed and is currently building this boat and it’s nearly finished. Sea trials are about to get underway.

Aaron describes it as a 6.0 lightweight demountable trimaran that separates into 3 sections; 2.4m bow section, 2.4m midships section + 1.2m aft section.

He is calling this design the RUDI 6.0. I’ll let him share the full story of how this design came about, plus some images (below). (more…)

Little Tri Amid a Netherlands Raid

little-tri-trimaran-at-dorestad-raidHere is a fun bit of info about a “Little Tri” in the Netherlands.

The builder/sailor of this boat, Hans, participated in the Dorestad Raid, which featured lots of other small boats. This sort of event is often loads of fun for small boat aficionados … and this one sounds like one of those affairs. See Han’s write-up below.

Although there is only one picture of the boat sailing at this Raid, there are a couple of neat photos of the boat at dock. (One of them being quite creative).

Thanks to boat designer Bernd Kohler for forwarding this to us. (more…)

Lovely Farrier Trimaran in Maine (for Sale)

farrier-trimaran-in-maine-for-sale-3Sailor Jen Iott has a Farrier trimaran she wants to sell. According to her description, this boat is a beauty and the new owner is going to get it for a terrific price (in my opinion).

Lots of upgrades on it!

This Farrier is located in Maine, where Jen operates Aurora Sails and Canvas. She is a very experienced sailor and marine industry professional … a great person to handle serious inquiries about this small cruising trimaran. (more…)

SeaRail 19 Trimaran Now with On-the-Water Folding System

Just received this bit of news from the folks who sell the SeaRail 19 trimaran. It now comes with an “On-the-Water” Folding System. It comes from this page on the SeaRail website, which states:

The SR-19’s new folding system is widely based on the f-boat system and is engineered using triangulation methods, allowing for the use of much lighter material while increasing its overall strength. This new folding system will only add 8 pounds to the SeaRail’s overall sailing weight – bringing that weight to just over 700 pounds (fully laden). To prevent drag which has plagued similar systems, the new SR-19 system is mounted above the hull chine, well away from the flow line. (more…)

Aqueous Solution – Tandem Double Outrigger Kayak (Now for Sale)

aqueous-double-outrigger-sailing-kayak-3Aqueous Solution is a tandem, double outrigger kayak. To be more specific, it’s a 20-foot long Little Wing Tandem Sail from Warren Light Craft.

It’s now for sale by it’s owner, Jackie V. who enjoyed sailing it on lovely Lake Champlain – situated between Canada, Vermont and New York.

This kayak is described by Jackie below. She also shares a great day’s sailing experience with this particular craft. (more…)

Meeting a Challenge with a Challenger

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…)

Unique Foils Trimaran Almost Ready to Sail

foil-outriggers-trimaran-5Sailor 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…)

Seaclipper 16 Sailing in Tennessee

seaclipper-16-trimaran-in-Tennessee-7Here 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…)

Jim Brown’s Nautical Lore Capercast (Podcast) Launches

nl-2decover-300x300-podcast-5The 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…)

MacGregor Venture Hobie Trimaran Now Sailing

macgregor-venture-hobie-trimaran-sailing-2Today 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…)

Growing the 10 Foot Trimaran Class

10-foot-trimaran-class-rendering-2Sailor 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…)