New Wavelength 780 Trimaran Website (and News)
I first discovered the Wavelength 780 Trimaran last year.
The boat’s designer, Robert Forster, is a great writer and storyteller and he sent me the following info the other day, which includes news about his new Wavelength trimaran website.
With Robert’s permission, all of the words and photos below are taken from his August 2011 newsletter, which should be posted soon in the newsletter archive section of his site. As you’ll see, the Wavelength is a high performance trimaran that would appeal to the same sailors who are drawn to Farrier, Corsair, Elan, Dragonfly and other high-end trailerable trimarans.
Wavelength Trimaran News
by Robert Forster
Neil, at Mt Cotton on the outskirts of Brisbane, has put the finishing touches on his home built trailer. He shopped around for the best prices on galvanising and running gear components. His cost estimate on the trailer, road ready and not including labour, was around A$4500.00.
His boat is now fully assembled. Neil used the same option, as did Ted with Wavelength No. 2, of leaving the float decks open where the beams are inserted in the floats. All the necessary taping of the beams onto the support bulkheads inside the floats can then be easily accessed. The remaining float deck sections can then be added last.
Neil is now at the ‘fitting out’ stage and has commissioned yacht riggers to prepare a mast kit for him, where he will do the assembly, prior to returning the components for anodising.
As Neil is setting his boat up for single handed coastal cruising, he does not want a powerful rig, so is opting for a smaller fixed mast, rather than rotating rig. This will be accompanied by a reduced sail plan to suit his particular needs as a solo sailor.
Alan, another active Wavelength builder in south east Queensland, has just completed his last float half and is preparing for join up.
In Western Australia, Paul, a more recent Wavelength builder, with the assistance of his father, has also made steady progress and is also completing his fourth float half ready for join up. Paul has test fitted his float halves and is pleased with the way they have fitted together with minimal adjustment required.
While I have been off touring Cape York, Ted, the owner of ‘New Horizons’, has competed in the local Sandgate Winter Series club event on Moreton Bay, hosted by the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club.
In the thirteen strong multihull fleet, ‘New Horizons’ came in third overall for the series on the progressive PHRF handicap. I joined Ted for the third and fourth races of the series before I left on my northern trip. While the third race was a drifter and we missed the wind pattern that the faster boats managed to ride, the second race in a fairly steady eight to twelve knot breeze suited the Wavelength 780 admirably where we were able to show better boat speed to windward and sail deeper downwind to beat all of our F-24 and F-82 opposition across the line and get a 2nd on the OMR rating for the race. The boat was designed to perform at its best in easy cruising conditions, and the day’s performance certainly illustrated this.
New Wavelength Trimaran Website:
This year I have finally been able to put together a website: www.wavelengthmultihulls.com
This was a slower than expected process after some technical glitches occurred in setting up the photo galleries so that they did not overload file sizes on the site. A composite U-tube video clip of two Wavelengths sailing under spinnaker earlier this year has also been added to the site. For those who have not accessed a Wavelength study package previously, there should be much of interest on the website on the development of the Wavelength design, as well as published articles on the boat.
Any further enquiries, from yourself or friends interested in the design as a possible building project, are welcome via the ‘Contact” link on the website.
And here is a short YouTube video featuring a Wavelength trimaran under sail …