J-24 Sailboat Converted to a Trimaran
The sailor(s) responsible for this appear to have done a fine job. Converting a monohull into a trimaran has certainly been done before. But it’s not for the faint of heart :-)
One really needs to know that they’re doing if ever attempting to do such a thing. There are so many things that can go wrong (structurally speaking).
One of the replies to the first video on YouTube indicates the amas are converted Hobie 20 hulls. This idea is naturally attractive to anyone who dreads an all-out boat building experience.
I’d love to know what mods were done, especially with regards to the lead keel … and the interior/cabin structure supporting the crossbeams. And was the mast reinforced? The stress on a multihull rig is generally much greater than on a mono.
There are also questions about how a boat performs after being converted into a tri. Does it still tack nicely? How well does it point? Etc.
Anyhow, perhaps we’ll find out as time goes by. (And thanks to Stefano for these vids!)