A Newick Somersault 26 (or Outrigger 26)
One of the members of our small trimaran community, Mitchell Hay, generously shared the following with me … along with a beautiful picture (below) of his boat. I asked him if he’d let me share this information with other small tri fans.
This Newick design is very rare, as Mitchell explains below. But it sports a look that is sure to turn heads. — “Small Tri Guy”
I co-own a Somersault (named “Seraphim”) with Bill Doelger, an experienced racer of Newick Tris. It’s a 1990 model hull, #10 of 12 or 13 made before the small company (Outrigger Co.) that made them stopped building in the early `90′s. I’m biased, of course, but I think my Somersault 26 is the prettiest small tri design on the water.
We bought it on Ebay three years ago and have been slowly fixing/replacing old stuff.
She doesn’t fold, but goes together like a Tinkertoy, with the Mastodon-tusk shaped akas fitting into sockets in the amas and main hull. Only the shrouds and trampoline hold them in (which keeps it a strictly coastal cruiser for me– there is no redundancy.)
It’s a four-hour process to assemble/break down. I’d hate to do more than once a year.
She is graceful and very fast on the water. The amas flex with every wave, giving it the feel of a living creature.
A yellow one is for sale in Florida for $29,500. They very seldom come on the market, and I don’t know how many of the original dozen still exist. The mold was chopped and shortened by the former owner of the Tremolino Co. to create a 25 ft folding Trem big brother.
Dick Newick very generously sent me some of the original drawings of the boat (called Summer-Salt in the drawings.) It became Somersault the first couple years of production; then, changed it to Outrigger 26. I think the total run was only three years, maybe four.
Small Boat Journal did a comparison in 1989 of two Newicks (Argonauta and Somersault/Outrigger), the F-27, Dragonfly, and its cousin, Firefly. Very informative article, and helped me in my decision-making. Here is the link to the Somersault 26 article.
Here are a few more pictures (below) of Seraphim anchored off Valcour Island on Lake Champlain. (Click on the images to see them in full size). And you can see some more Outrigger 26 pictures by clicking here.