Beautifully Restored Somersault 26 Trimaran Sails Again
Sailor Klaas P shares about his Somersault 26 Trimaran in this post. There are some great photos too.
As you’ll see, he really has an extensive sailing background and has enjoyed several multihulls over the years. And his friend really knows how to bring a boat back into pristine condition too.
Thanks so much for sharing the story and pics of your boat with us Klaas!
A Somersault 26 Trimaran Restored
by Klaas P
I bought the boat from Bill Murphy’s yard in 1989. It may have been hull #3. It was a 50/50 arrangement with my friend, with whom I’d also shared a Buccaneer 33 beforehand.
We took her to Curacao, where we both grew up. He, being a pilot from a local airline, and myself, flying for KLM, with frequent stops in Curacao.
Although Dick Newick had warned that it was not really a boat for the high seas, we sailed her in the stiff trade-wind conditions for 13 years. In the process, we almost destroying her.
We eventually gave the boat away to a youngster. Alas, this kid had left her hidden in the mangroves within half a year.
In the meantime, my friend and I had a secondhand Maincat 30, as a replacement for the Somersault. But the Somersault fell into deterioration.
She was in such a sorry state that we could not, in all honesty, ask any money for her. We saw the Somersault collecting dirt and mangrove leafs for 2 years.
Since I am active in the Dutch multihull racing scene, owning a Dragonfly 920 in Holland, I have a good friend who is a genius in boat-building and restoration. And he has a wife originating from Bonaire.
So I told him, “Richard you can have a nice little boat to restore and play with in Bonaire.”
He bought her and then sailed her to Bonaire in a convoy with the Maincat, since she leaked like hell.
However, my friend found no efficient restoration situation while 5000 miles away from Holland. So I had her into a container.
He started taking her apart, sawing off all hull/deck joints and replacing everything with kevlar matting , re-installing the bulkheads, which were also loose. It was same with the daggerboard casing. He also strengthened the beams with carbon. Etc. Etc.
This was all done with the intention of giving the boat to his son here. As it turned out, his boy is an Olympic short-track skater, so I suspected there was little interest there.
Since I’m now 70, I wanted to downscale from my Dragonfly. After a year, my friend sold the boat to me and I got rid of the Dragonfly.
In the recent Dutch nationals, she was as fast as the Farrier F-28′s and F-82′s. Her Achilles heel is wave action with little wind, in which she tends to “Hobbyhorse.”
I have super sails from Quantum Australia, and with these sails she sails at wind speed till 15 knots, and thereafter her limit is 18 – 19 knots.
Sailing up to 16 knots is no big deal. Although she is somewhat handicapped in boat handling speed and extreme light weather with her relative large wetted-surface area.
I had a Buccaneer 33, a Farrier F-27. a Dragonfy 920 for 14 years, and half a Maincat 30, but this little boat — I have always loved best.
I use her mostly as a daysailer, but when we were younger my wife and I slept on her for weeks on end in the Caribbean.
Greetings Klaas P