Archive for the ‘Small Tri Info – All’ Category
Mike Channell’s Seaclipper 20 trimaran has been the main asset of his unique fishing business. He loves this boat but has decided he must sell it (a reluctant yet necessary business decision) at this time.
He writes about the boat (below) in addition to a very short YouTube clip, which shows this trailerable tri in action. Anyone interested is invited to contact Mike via his website at http://www.channellguides.com. (more…)
Sailor Walter Monici has designed this 10-foot trimaran he calls TRIX. He writes and shares photos of her from his home in Milan, Italy. (TRIX measures approximately 305 cm in length and 295 cm wide).
What is great is that Walter shares both what he likes about the boat and what he thinks can be improved upon. This little tri already has him thinking about building another (a little bit longer — around 11-feet). (more…)
Roger refers to it as a “racing trimaran” because of it’s speed potential. He sailed this boat during the NCC 2012 and wrote the following about what, for him, turned out to be the best part of the race, “I averaged 17.71 knots over 5 1/2 miles and my top speed was over 20. What a ride. That 1/2 hour made the whole trip worth it and showed great potential for when there is wind.” (more…)
The weather is getting warmer in British Columbia for boatbuilding. And multihull designer Richard Woods is taking advantage of it by picking up on the build of his new Strike 15 trimaran model.
As you see in the short video clip below, there is still plenty of work to do on this boat. But even so, Richard is hoping it’ll be ready for sea trials sometime in June. (more…)
There are a number of interesting things about this boat. But as Ian notes below, the sail rig (way over-sized for this kayak) is attached in a very creative manner. Simple. And brilliant. I’ve never seen it before … although I’m sure a few readers here have. (more…)
The following info about Paddleboard trimarans comes to us (once again) from our friend Ian McGehee. In this case, the flat boards, which replace traditional hulls, allow for a very creative use of the trimaran concept.
But this again leads us to think about how such forms might lend themselves to sailing beach trimarans … or others. (more…)
I’d love to sail a trimaran along the shores of Greece. From what I’ve read, it’s one of the loveliest venues in the Mediterranean.
Andreas Kaltsas, a sailor who has really schooled himself about small tris, has designed one of his own. He is now building it with the intention of sailing along Greek shores … including many of its coastal islands. (more…)
Here is an inflatable trimaran with unique claw-wing sail. (It’s another interesting one our friend Ian McGehee has found on the web.)
In my opinion, the sail itself is definitely the the most interesting part of this craft. Ian corresponded with a sailor who uses a rig similar to this on his catboat, which he shares with us below. (more…)
The following info about a trimaran kiteboat concept comes from Ian McGehee. Ian has shared many interesting insights with us in the comments area on many posts in recent months. I always enjoy hearing from him.
At the moment, Ian has been focused on the possibility of using surfboards (or surfboard shapes) in place of traditional hull shapes on small trimarans. Ian writes here about someone else with the same idea. (Imagine, for example, the kite used with this prototype boat being replaced by a kite type of sail.) (more…)
Here are some great photos of the small trimarans used as fishing boats in Indonesia. They come from the Province of Bali to be more exact.
All of these photos and renderings come from sailor (and soon-to-be small tri boatbuilder) Joe Iosif Gross. Joe not only shares a little about these unique-looking fishing boats, but also his plans to build a brand new 12-foot trimaran for himself. (more…)
This is the 3rd post featuring Steve Curtiss’ unique small trimaran under development. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2 yet then you should definitely do that in order to get the full benefit from this post.
As you’ll read in the below, this new boat is presently in the development stage. We’ll look for a follow up report after it’s built and then goes through its sea trials. The final verdict isn’t in on this design but it sure is inspiring to see the creative energy at work to create a new trimaran design such as this. (more…)
Sailor Brandon Walters is presently restoring a Cross 26 trimaran in California. He sent the following pics, along with some more photos of the boat from 1985 (he got these pics from the fellow who owned the boat at that time).
The boat’s name is POCO LOCO. Brandon said he is currently trying to figure out how to properly rig the new aluminum mast that he bought for it. So if anyone can offer him a helpful tip or two when it comes to stay lengths (or that sort of thing) then please post comments below. (more…)
Here is a story about 2 adventurers in a dugout trimaran canoe. Small tri friend Lenny shares this blogspot link with us (which is where all of the information below comes from). And while pics of the boat in full tri configuration are lacking, I’m hopeful their site will feature some more photos soon.
As you’ll see, there is a serious dose of pioneering spirit depicted here. So much so, somebody decided to build their own dugout and attach double outriggers. (more…)
Get ready to see a very unique small trimaran design. It’s really neat.
This comes to us from sailor (and mechanical engineer) Steve Curtiss. Steve certainly isn’t a newbie. In the past couple years he has written articles about a couple of prototypes that utilize twinsail rigs for kayak sailing. These were published in Messing About in Boats … and also a publication called the “TSCA Lost Coast Newsletter.” (more…)
Here are some very interesting discussions about hull shapes for multihulls. Long time multihull sailor Ian McGehee (who is a regular contributor at smalltrimarans with his insightful commentary) sent the following to me a few days ago. It’ll be of interest to readers here that enjoy technical information about hull shapes. (more…)
This post contains a great sailing report about Gypsy Wind, the Drifter 17 trimaran model we read about in an earlier post. The designer, builder and sailor, Mark Gumprecht, took some time to share a little about how he enjoyed her this past summer.
Mark provides us with a fun, breezy read about this 17-foot cabin cruiser. There are some pics and a YouTube Video at the very end. Thank you for sharing this with us Mark. (more…)
I interviewed Stephen Walker from Ahoy Boats, which serves as the UK’s Astus & Magnum trimarans distributor, for the first Small Trimarans book. And in the years since I’ve spoken to him, it appears his promotion of small tris is stronger than ever.
Stephen is an avid sailor and wealth of specialized knowledge. It’s hard to be bored when listening to him talk about trimarans. (more…)
Today we hear from sailor Ron Falkey and the story of his self-designed and self-built micro cruiser trimaran named Dalliance. Ron really gives us a great read here because he spares few details. (more…)
Here is a great report from Frank Smoot about his new 24-foot trimaran LocoMotion. What he is able to do with so little money in so little time is, IMO, sort of amazing.
This is especially the case for us guys who seem to always take longer to do projects we thought would just take 1/4 of the time — and sometimes easily go over-budget too. (I certainly don’t have myself in mind here, nosireeeee, no way, it’s other guys I’m thinking of ;-) (more…)
If you’d ever like to go sailing & fishing in Florida — on a Seaclipper Trimaran no less — then you’re going to enjoy this post. It comes to us from Captain Michael Channell, who operates a very unique fishing charter down in the Sunshine State.
I tried not to envy Mike’s job when I first read this piece … but failed :-) (more…)
Here is a truly unique, custom-built aluminum trimaran. I received these photos from the owner, Alaric W., last week. He acquired this boat several years ago because he thought it would be a great way to get this out on the water with his family.
The boat came with a bill of sale but no title. This is one of the things that has kept Alaric from sailing it. (He is actually considering whether or not he should sell it to someone that really wants to get a lot of use from it). (more…)
The Challenger trimaran is best known as being a great boat for sailors with physical disabilities. But the fact is that this is a boat for everyone.
Anybody who sails this thing, especially in ideal conditions, describes it as a powerful adrenaline rush. And the fact that it’s still “legal” to enjoy such a thrill is … well, er … thrilling :-) (more…)
Here is a great update from sailor and self-builder Jim Gallant, featuring the trimaran named BEST GUESS. Jim has added some more pics to his webpage, along with some fun, short videos.
Jim writes that BEST GUESS is now in his garage being retro-fitted with some improvements for Spring. He is adding “lifing planes to the amas” as one of the improvements and is looking forward to seeing how they’ll work. (more…)
A unique trimaran named SID is now sailing waters along the New Zealand coast. Sailor and self-boat builder Gary Baigent has done it again.
Sailor and self-boatbuilder Lenny H launched his new Seaclipper 24 trimaran this past September. He shares some glimpses of both its building and launching in the following YouTube video. (It’s a great one too … 7 minutes long).
For anyone that wants to know more about this sailboat (one of the newer small tri designs by John Marples), I’ve included links to previous posts about it here at smalltrimarans. (more…)
I received the following small trimaran renderings from a fellow named Ronaldo Fazanelli a couple of weeks ago. I’ve tried to find out some more info about this prospective design, including some more info about Ronaldo.
As of yet, however, I haven’t been able to find out anything more than what is posed here. I am suspecting the language barrier may be at work here. (more…)
Here is a link to WetaMarine’s website, which published a story about the 2012 Weta trimaran Rally in New Zealand. Great pics. And a bonus video too!
According to Miranda, who works at WetaMarine, this event turned out to be “a very cruisy weekend.” One great thing about it was lots of newbies got coached on how to sail by getting onboard a Weta (Wow, what a great way to get introduced to sailing :-) (more…)
Here are some photos of three different small trimaran models featured at the 2012 Annapolis Boat show this past October. The first pic is of the new Motive Trimaran. The second photos feature the SeaRail Trimaran. And the third, much more comprehensive set of pics, feature the new Ultra Light 20 Trimaran from Warren Light Craft.
The Motive Trimaran model (featured in the first photo below) was designed by a French multihull sailor/designer, and built by Ted Warren using the same materials and techniques that he uses for his super-strong, yet light kayaks and new UL 20 trimaran model. (more…)
We first featured the Tricote trimaran on this post. This trailerable tri is another successful example of a “monohull to trimaran” conversion.
I’d never heard about the Bazooka trimaran model until a couple weeks ago. Small tri sailor and enthusiast Graham Wheeler sent a whole bunch info about it. And today, we all get to enjoy what he shares in this post.
After seeing where Graham lives, and also seeing that he has been able to own a couple of very cool little boat over the past few years, I think I’ve finally learned how not be a little envious here! Well, okay, maybe this isn’t exactly true … but I’ll keep trying ;-) (more…)
Small trimaran sailor and enthusiast Fred F. sent me the following photos a few days ago. He is asking for the help of anyone in our little small tri community here to identify this particular model. At the moment, it’s a little mystery.
This baby is a true “dinghy.” Take a look at the photos Fred sent to us and see if you’ve ever seen it. I’ll post an “update” if someone identifies it … okay guys :-) (more…)
The following is a full, unedited article from Multihull designer Jim Brown, entitled, “TakeOff Window.” It’s officially about the lifelong work of Sam Bradfield in the area of hydrofoils.
More specifically, Jim writes about the 18-foot trimaran — OSPREY — that Sam spent the last years of his life making into an incredible hydrofoiler. The boat is a marvel of engineering and offers a sensation of flying over the water (according to those who’ve had a ride on it) that is absolutely amazing. (more…)
Small trimaran enthusiast Ian McGehee provides us with some fabulous information in this post. While it’s geared especially for anyone thinking about designing their own hulls at some point, I think many boat lovers (especially multihullers) are going to enjoy this material.
Every sailor can benefit from added understanding of hull shapes. Thinking about what is actually happening in order to drive a boat as it moves through the water is absolutely fascinating. And the links Ian provides below really get one’s imagination going. (more…)
Middle Eastern Weta Trimaran distributor Brett Hall discovered that small tris can be a great platform for fishing! The images and content are taken directly from Weta Marine’s article page. And the following short video is on YouTube.
Brett writes about the challenges of trying to fish while sailing other boats. Then he talks about his Weta experience. Just scroll down to begin reading … (more…)
Would you like to rent … or rent out … a small trimaran? Just thought I’d quickly pass this thought along because I found out about a website that makes it easy to do such things a couple of days ago.
Since we all know the world-wide-web can be used for purposes ranging from very diabolical to really neat, I thought I’d pass on one of the neat … (more…)
Here is a neat story, published by the Monterey Herald, about a restored Piver trimaran in Santa Cruz, CA. It was built in 1964 and then, shortly afterwards, put away in storage for 40 years.
This trimaran was built by a (then) college kid in the space of a year. And it’s typical of the spirit of the times. Backyard builders built lots of multihulls during the 60s on into the early 70s. (more…)
There is a DIY tandem trimaran sailing in the gin clear waters of Florida. It’s another design / build creation from Frank Smoot, who you can always check out at www.diy-tris.com
I asked Frank if he could answer a few questions from me and he shares (quite generously) below. I decided to include the questions I asked Frank this time. It may help to broaden out the conversation a bit. (more…)