Is it hard to build a small trimaran (or any small boat) using carbon fiber? I don’t know because I’ve never done it. (more…)
I think the title “Masoala” indicates that the camp-cruise of these trimarans took place at the Masoala National Park in Madagascar.
Great videos here. Just pure fun.
Sailing and swimming and fishing and eating and enjoying life … with a couple small trimarans. (more…)
Sailor Thom Davis shares the video he made during the first sail of his newly acquired SeaRail 19 trimaran. He also created his own video showing how the folding system works on the water.
The sailing video’s opening theme song will also likely bring a smile to your face (if you’re of a certain age, that is :-)
Thanks for sharing these vids with us Thom!
First SeaRail Sail
by Thom David
Paraw designer / sailor Lorenzo Acompañado II just sent me the following text via email:
Just to let you know that I have a new set of boat plan available for a 20ft Trimaran. I sold a couple of plans in France last month and hoping to those sailing next year, including the one I am currently building.
Davao, Philippines (more…)
Kayak sailor Raul Ricci shares about his boat with us in this post (from Peru no less). How cool is that?
He shares some pictures (below) and promises to send in a video or two the next time he goes out sailing.
Thanks for sharing with us Raul
I am sending you some photos of my sailing kayak trimaran.
When I worked doing my kayak trimaran I had the pleasure of seeing your website and I appreciated so much of your open mind and passion for small trimarans.
I like to sail alone every weekend along La Punta beach and Isla San Lorenzo. I live in Peru. (more…)
Our previous blog post featured sailor Peter Lange sailing his Weta tri. In this post I am linking to Peter’s blog from a couple years back which detailed his preparation for and cruising to The Bahamas on a 19.5’ Tramp trimaran.
His name for this Tramp Tri was “AMA MAMA“. Once again, he features a lot of info about both his preparation and the trip itself.
Sailor Peter Lange shares a remarkably detailed account of his participation in the Texas 200 sailing event on his Weta trimaran in this post.
It’s so detailed that I have little doubt some folks are going to end up referring to this webpage when going over their own plans for a camp-cruise. It’s that detailed.
(And thanks Peter, for sharing this write-up with us :-) (more…)
Here is an old commercially-made canoe, coupled with windsurfer parts, re-created into a small tri. Sailor Mark Schoenhals shares about his craft called DRAGONFLY with us in the videos below.
I am only sharing 3 of the videos he made about this project in this post. To see all of them you can visit the videos page on Mark’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/birchmark/videos
This summer I began work on a small homebuilt trimaran using an aluminum canoe and an old wind surfer as raw materials. It was Jim Gallant’s design that inspired me to go for the canoe conversion. The result has been a fun little craft I call Dragonfly. (more…)
Sailor Eric Dahlkamp is working on a new boatbuilding project. This means he may soon have another boat to try out in a future Texas 200 sailing event.
This one is a small camp-cruising sailboat. Eric explains the thoughts behind this one, along with a few pics, just below.
Included are a couple concept renderings to help us see his vision for this small craft. Pretty neat.
Once again, we are indebted to him for sharing this project with us!
His craft, which he has worked for so long and so hard to get back into sailing shape, is now sailing once again … currently in Leech Lake, Minnesota.
Now, at long last … the reward! He shares the fruit of his efforts with us in pictures below.
Congrats on a job well-done John. (more…)
As a follow up on the previous post, Eric Dahlkamp just sent me the following links about the Texas 200.
Good stuff for anyone thinking about participating in this event at some point. Enjoy!
First, the link to an article at the SailboatMonthly website: https://smallboatsmonthly.com/article/the-texas-200/ (more…)
Sailor Eric Dahlkamp entered his Cross 18 trimaran in the Texas 200 sailboat event this summer. He produced some great videos to share with us about his adventure.
His Cross 18 is great-looking in addition to being a great sailboat. I LOVE the way this craft is setup for comfortable sailing (especially with that bimini top :-)
Just check it out. You’re gonna enjoy his videos below.
Sailor Jim Gallant shares an update here regarding the mini-Hydroptere trimaran he has been building. He shares some great pics with us below.
I’m hoping to launch my foiling tri modeled after a 1990s Hydroptere prototype this coming Saturday. I have landscapers coming to clear debris and logs from my beach so I’ll be able to roll my dolly from my yard into the water. See attached pics of the completed boat. (more…)
Sailor Jan Cudak put some nice outriggers on his small Bolger-designed monohull. Things may not always work out the way they did for him, but we love it when they do :-)
I mentioned them in 2014 on this page. And Jan shares the following pictures and video with us.
Many thanks Jan! (more…)
When our smalltri friend Hans Schipper sent us the following info I wasn’t going to post it. The craft is not, after all, a proper small trimaran.
Then I took a closer look at his ideas for daggerboard and rudder and it just seemed like I must post his pics and short vids. What he has created is very creative. And as always seems to be the case with Hans, they display an incredible amount of thought process when it comes to solving whatever the issue(s) at hand. (more…)
Sailor Bill Atherholt shares the following with us about his F25 trimaran. His blog contains many photos of it and can be seen here: http://www.trigazelle.com
Bill appears to have a small cruising tri that could possibly make many multihullers a little envious. (Seriously, I’d love to take a short sailing cruise with him on this boat ;-)
Many thanks to him for sharing it with us here. (more…)
A friend sent the following news to us last evening. Very sad news indeed.
This past weekend, on Saturday, the Bay City Yacht Club held its annual “Great Lakes Multihull Regatta.” This was a Gougeon Brothers sponsored event but Meade Gougeon was not able to participate this year because he recently became very sick.
The race committee moved Saturday’s start of the race from its usual point to the waterfront area at Meade Gougeon’s house, as a personal tribute to him. Meade was brought to the front windows of his home so he could see all the boats lined up and watch the start of the race. (more…)
Kayak sailor Eric Light has created larger amas for his double outrigger sailing kayak. So neat! And he says they accomplished exactly what they were meant to do, which is stand up to heavier wind.
Sailor Greg Kelly is selling his Scarab 22 trimaran. He bought this particular boat from the builder, who we posted about back in 2009, and has enjoyed sailing it ever since.
“Joe, I’m getting back to you about posting my tri for sale. I’ve gone back/forth; do I sell it, do I keep it. I absolutely love it; unfortunately, I must sell it.
I sailed TriTiki on Lake Champlain in Vermont; day sailing, doing weekend trips with my kids. I set it up for easy single-handing. The builder, Olivier LeBlanc, did a fabulous job building it. (more…)
The Malabar trimaran pics below come to us from “Nic” who is offering his boat for sale. More info about the Malabar can be found here.
“Joe, I remember reading a discussion on your website … about a malabar trimaran. I was lucky enough to find one a few years ago and I can confirm that it is a pleasure to sail on this little fast and light trimaran. I received many compliments and many find it very pretty … it turns heads. (more…)
Boat designer Bernd Kohler shared the following LITTLE TRI info and pics with me this week. Really neat.
I also look forward to the Sprit sail he mentions below. (more…)
Sailor Hien Ngo sent me an old magazine picture featuring a Yamaha Waterspyder windsurfer trimaran. This production windsurfer was once sold for a short while, decades ago. We’d love for someone who actually had one to tells a bit about how it performed.
We posted about one a few years ago here.
Anyhoo, here is the pic … (more…)
A gentleman named Don Kerr (from Fallston, Maryland) recently contacted me regarding the Seaclipper 16 trimaran he began building. (You can read more about the Seaclipper 16 on the designer’s website here and here.)
As you can read below, he is unable to complete the build. (more…)
Remember that aluminum trimaran project we wrote about awhile back? No?
Well, the builder/sailor Valery Gaulin just sent me the following short update (and pics below). How great that it got completed.
“I realized that I never gave you a follow up on my project. I finished my project probably 3 years ago. It was hard to complete, but I got it done! It sailed well with my final design good very easy to handle for even a single-hander. Here are a couple pictures of the finish trimaran.”
Here is to that wonderful “can-do” spirit of DIYers everywhere. Wow. (more…)
Chuck F. just sent me a few more pics of the DC-3 trimaran he is building. It’s looking great. And BTW, I LOVE those “bare feet” on the step!
We’re looking forward to seeing this thing on the water in the near future :-) (more…)
Italian sailing friend Aurelio P. just sent me this pic of a new 10-foot carbon fiber trimaran. It fits the new boat class he has been promoting these past few years.
He said it’s a full carbon 10 ft tri, by Mario Falci, with new additional sail — a furling gennaker. It weighs just 40 kg. (more…)
Our friend Algie Bennett sent the following to us this past week. It’s a hoot.
See if you agree :-)
I’ve not had much time to do anything to move my ISO dinghy project from being a proa to actually becoming a fully fledged trimaran due to horrendous work commitments but thought this might give your readers a laugh.
The boat is a bit awkward for me to move around by myself as the ramp at Lymington where we now sail from is very steep, so I decided to “repurpose and up-cycle” an old electric scooter courtesy of my old uncle Ron.
I removed the seat, added a simple little hitch, dropped the dolly on and scooted off: (more…)
If what I’ve read in forums is correct, the Ostac is a later version of the Ian Farrier designed Haines Hunter Tramp. Sailor Wayne Holt is restoring one (see pics and info below).
Thanks to Wayne for sharing the following with us. (more…)
Sailor Thom Davis shared the following with me last week as pertaining to guessing the speeds of trimaran designs. I’d love to hear from others as to whether or not they feel this little formula reflects a general “accuracy” or not. (more…)
This past week, I heard from George Yioulos, the President of West Coast Sailing. He sent me the following info and pics as they relate to the Triak.
George mentioned possible Triak upgrades and said he is excited to offer the current version of this paddle / sailing design to customers. His email is a nice follow up to last week’s post.
(We wish all Triakers everywhere every success!) Be sure to click through on the links to find out even more.
Sailor Thom Davis shares info (and a video) about modifications he has made to his Triak. As explained in this post, his mods are geared towards making the boat a better sailer in bigger winds.
Thom also introduced me to George Yioulos, from West Coast Sailing, who is the new Triak distributor. I’ll be sharing some info George sent to me in coming days. I link to their website below for anyone who might want more info about the Triak.
— Joe (more…)
We first heard about the Spirit 422 trimaran in this post here. And now it seems Italian sailors / boat developers Paolo and Danilo (Paul and Daniel) are now seeing their dream become a production boat reality.
I received the following email from Paul this week (Since Paul wrote to me in Italian, the following is derived from Google’s “translate” feature): (more…)
Sailor David K. sent me the following report (a couple days ago) of the initial sea trial of his “quadmaran.” As you’ll read below, he is very happy with the result of his Hobie-Bravo-with-outriggers modification.
I’ll update this post with pics as soon as David sends them to us. (And many thanks to him for taking time to share this project craft with us!) (more…)
Sailor Bill Lovelock shares more Paraw sailing videos with us that he recently uploaded to YouTube. Bill first shared some great Paraw info with us in a previous post here.
Thanks for the links to these videos Bill :-) (more…)
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…)
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…)
Small tri reader Jens Wellejus shared the following with me this week from a Craigslist post in Denmark.
“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…)
Sailor (and small tri friend) David Villarroel shares the following photo with us. He found it on the Net featuring Randy Smyth’s trimaran SIZZOR with that new wing rig Jim Brown is so excited about.
Here is a link to the photo (click on the image to see the full pic). (more…)
Another Chryz10 trimaran from sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Christofer Olsson? Yes!
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…)
I just saw something that caught my eye on Duckworks. A product called the Scullmatix.
Based upon a couple recent posts about “sculling a small multihull” I thought it may be of interest to some of our readers. (more…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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 :-)
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…)
In this post, sailor Roger Saunders is giving away a trimaran he built years ago. He’d really love for it to go to another sailor who appreciates the craft.
Seriously. Who does this sort of thing?
I’m thinking, “Not too many.”
Details follow below. Anyone interested can contact Roger via his phone number — also shared below. (more…)
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…)
Sailor Bill Genevro shares the following pictures with us of a small trimaran in Tahiti. He was able to get these shots even though he was about to leave.
We’d love to find out more about this boat and we’re grateful to Bill for taking time to take these pics and pass them along to all of us!
(Click the images below to enlarge.) (more…)
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!) (more…)