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 Meermark, 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…)
Chuck F. sent me the following pictures of the DC-3 trimaran he is building. We first read about this building project here.
It’s looking fantastic. We hope to recieve more photos from him soon. (more…)
The 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…)
OK. 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.
New Jersey? No!!!
Nosireeee. The older I get the more I detest really cold weather. (more…)
The 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…)
URGENT 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…)
I received the following piece today from Dean Sandberg, President of Windrider. This write-up, with analysis, should be given to Erwin Jansen of European Hydrosail. Erwin is the primary Windrider dealer in Europe. (more…)
The 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…)
Ever 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…)
The 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…)
The following press release came to me this week from Windrider. I thought I’d post it in full for smalltrimarans readers in case anyone missed it. (more…)
Sailor 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.
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…)
Here is a new Threefold 6 trimaran in Michigan. Boat designer (and avid sailor) Dudley Dix just posted about this one on his blog.
We’ve posted about the Threefold 6 design before: here and here and here. (more…)
Let’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.
The 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…)
Sailor 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…)
Here 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…)
Sailor 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…)
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 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…)
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…)