This Trimaran – WILL IT WON’T IT

April 18th, 2014

Sailor Ernie Maude had a big question about his trimaran. In this post, he shares the story and pictures (and short video) about his self-built tri WILL IT WON’T IT. It’s a good ole’ DIY yarn too.

As you’ll see, Ernie pushed past small issues (such as the front end of his boat breaking off). And he is always thinking about how to improve the boat. He plans a few more changes this year in order to squeeze out as much performance as he can from this small tri. Read the rest of this entry »

Mini Moxie – An OutRigger 26 Trimaran

April 8th, 2014

Sailor Karl Williams provides some great info and photos about his (Dick Newick designed) Outrigger 26 trimaran in this post. The Outrigger 26 model was originally called the Somersault 26 (probably not the best name for a multihull). But other sailors of this model have affirmed it’s very Newick-esque in both appearance and performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Brown on Boatbuilding for Longevity

March 26th, 2014

Jim Brown has just published an essay entitled, “Building for Longevity.” You can download it here (in pdf format).

Lots of sage advice and wisdom here. As you read Jim’s essay, it’s apparent that his zeal and enthusiasm for building boats hasn’t diminished at all. If anything, he may be a bigger fan of self-building these days, simply because he is a frugal guy. And in this economy, a frugal, money-saving approach may be just how many individuals eventually acquire their own boats. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Brown’s Case for the Cruising Trimaran Published as a Kindle eBook

March 26th, 2014

Multihull pioneer Jim Brown’s classic “Case for the Cruising Trimaran” is obviously about cruising vessels. But the full range of multihull-related information and advice contained within it … especially with regards to safety … is so rich that every multihull owner might benefit from reading it.

A mindset that inspires one towards safety, precaution, accident prevention and preparation (about supplies one should have before going out in a boat) is displayed throughout the book. But what is so great about Jim’s writing style is that it never comes across as abrasive. The great advice simply comes to life through real-life stories and personal accounts of events that sailors actually experienced in their boats. Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing Your Multihull with John Marples Published as a Kindle eBook

March 26th, 2014

Multihull designer and marine engineer John Marples’s instructional audio package, entitled “Knowing Your Multihull,” was published a couple years ago. It’s great content, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the structural differences between monohulls and multihulls. But John also provides a wealth of information on boat maintenance and care, which is something many guys don’t pay enough attention to. Read the rest of this entry »

Kite Sailing on Sticks

March 26th, 2014

Here is how one fellow is utilizing a kite sail in a very practical way. (This is another great link that comes to us from Ian McGehee, by the way).

Instead of using lines, as most kite sails do, this approach uses sticks. The sticks solve a number of problems associated with soft control lines. It’s pretty neat. Read the rest of this entry »

Small Trimarans at the Everglades Challenge 2014

March 22nd, 2014

There were a whole bunch of small trimarans at the 2014 Everglades Challenge. Thanks to Paul White (who sails a Weta trimaran in Sydney, AUS), for sending me the following links :-)

Paul also let me know that Randy Smyth won his class in this year’s Everglades Challenge (Class 5, Single Male, Cats/Tris) in a new record time (1 day, 11 hours, 18 minutes) in his self-designed, self-built trimaran SIZZOR. You can find out more about SIZZOR here and here. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Brown Talks Small Trimarans and Small Catamarans

March 13th, 2014

Here are a couple of real treats, courtesy of multihull pioneer Jim Brown. Jim and I spoke last week about an article that I found online comparing small trimarans with catamarans in the same size range.

Our conversation isn’t meant to stir any pots of controversy … it’s simply about adding to a particular discussion by having a chat with someone who has been building and sailing multihulls for 50+ years now. Read the rest of this entry »

Ninja Spider Trimaran No Longer Produced by SMG Multihull (Molds & Rights for Sale)

March 8th, 2014

We first posted about the Ninja Spider Trimaran here. The whole concept seemed fresh. And it equally appears to be a wonderful sailboat.

It appears, however, that SMG Multihull, the company that designed and fabricated these “trimarans in a box” won’t be building or offering them for sale anymore. Read the rest of this entry »

Making a “New” Trimaran From Old Parts

February 27th, 2014

This small trimaran is being constructed from mostly old parts and pieces of this, that and the other thing :-) Sailor Hans Schipper sent me a the following photos of the boat he is building.

Seriously, it’s amazing what human ingenuity can achieve in this sense. Hans is building his “new” trimaran from “old” parts. It looks pretty neat too. Read the rest of this entry »

Amphibious Trimaran Going Into Production

February 21st, 2014

Here is an article link to a GizMag story featuring an amphibious trimaran. (After the previous post, I am forced to conclude this must be “high-tech” week at smalltrimarans. :-)

The intro to the article reads, “Here’s one you might not have heard before … Whaddaya get when cross a hovercraft, an airboat and a pontoon boat? Give up? Read the rest of this entry »

Unmanned 19-Foot Trimaran Sails from San Francisco to Hawaii

February 18th, 2014

The Saildrone is basically an unmanned 19-foot trimaran. Wired magazine just featured an online article about this high-tech wonder.

It’s a great article too. Especially the way it talks about traditional sailboat sails and airplane wings. Here is a sample paragraph: Read the rest of this entry »

16-Foot Self-Designed, Self-Built Trimaran

February 13th, 2014

Small tri friend Stefano recently sent links to these videos. They feature a self-designed, self-built trimaran from a fellow named Ernie Maud.

According to the YouTube info about this boat, the LOA is 16 ft. and its beam measures over 11′ 8″. Read the rest of this entry »

Weta Trimaran Article on All At Sea

February 8th, 2014

Here is a fun article featuring one sailor’s introduction to the Weta trimaran. It comes to us from All At Sea. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing the International Small Craft Center at the Mariners’ Museum

January 30th, 2014

I just discovered the online catalog for the Mariners’ Museum’s International Small Craft Center is now up and running. They’ve been gathering a large number of pieces, including information and images related to the boats, places and people associated with small craft.

A few years ago, I learned that if my wife and I are vacationing together, she would permit me to be dropped off (alone) at any boat museum for about 4-5 hours, so she could go shopping (alone) during those same hours. Now, I ask … what boat-loving husband could refuse such an offer? Read the rest of this entry »

Unidentified Trimaran in Canada (is the Akila 19)

January 24th, 2014

A Canadian yacht broker recently showed the following trimaran to John Lange, the owner of Charlotte Harbor Sails). He indicated this boat is currently in Canada and wanted to know if somebody might know something about it.

If anyone can identify this trimaran, the designer … and possibly even construction details … then please leave a reply in the Comments area below. I’ll post an “update” if we get a winner :-) Read the rest of this entry »

Garage-Built Hydrofoil Sailing Trimaran

January 20th, 2014

Here is a YouTube video featuring a garage-built hydrofoil trimaran. It was recently posted by a sailor identifying himself as Craig Tuffnell.

The vid’s description on YouTube reads as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Seaclipper 16 Trimaran with New Mods

January 17th, 2014

Maryland sailor Bill McIntyre has built a Seaclipper 16 trimaran (with mods). The modifications were designed by John Marples and are a part of the building plans package that John offers for this boat.

Bill was kind enough to share a little bit about the building of his boat “BAZINGA” (including some great pics) below. As you can see, he did a great job. And there is no doubt the mods allow for a quicker, easier build too. Read the rest of this entry »

Snapshots of a Discovery 20 Trimaran

January 10th, 2014

I was contacted a few days ago by Alain, who has owned and sailed a Discovery 20 trimaran since 2009. He name of this boat is “TRI AGAIN.”

Alain is selling this boat because he has just bought a Corsair. But he has thoroughly enjoyed it while he has owned her. He shares a little bit more about it just below. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebook by Russell Brown Shows Boatbuilders Painting Techniques

January 6th, 2014

rolling-perfection-ebook-by-russell-brown-3Russell Brown has written and illustrated yet another ebook for wooden boatbuilders. And, like his previous one, this new publication tackles a very specific topic — painting.

As the son of multihull pioneer Jim Brown, Russ has been around boats his whole life. It shows too. Or, perhaps I should say, “the look of the boats he now builds reflects it”. Read the rest of this entry »

A Peek at the HUSKY 6.0 Trimaran

January 1st, 2014

A few weeks ago, one of our readers sent blog info to me about a design called the “Husky Trimaran”. Here the link to the builder’s blog about this boat, along with a few photos (linked directly to from their location at the blog’s server).

This trimaran utilizes Hobie 20 hulls for amas. This made the building of this craft go much quicker than if the floats had been made from scratch. The finished result certainly looks good. Read the rest of this entry »

17-Foot Trimaran Built With Expandacraft

December 22nd, 2013

Sailor (and obviously creative boatbuilder) Daniel Tompkins built the following trimaran with Expandacraft. This boat is 17-foot LOA and fits entirely in the bed of his midsized truck when completely dis-assembled.

That is one really neat feature of using Expandacraft. A previous post featuring the possibility of building a trimaran using Expandacraft can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

North Channel Adventure in Windrider Trimarans – July 2013

December 20th, 2013

Here is another great post coming from Windrider sailor Mac MacDevitt. He is back sharing about another great camp-cruising adventure in the North Channel.

His previous adventure can be found in this post … and this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Expanded Trika Design Creates the TriRaid 560 Trimaran

December 12th, 2013

When posting about the Trika 540 just last week I had no idea a new expanded model has already resulted from it. The boat’s designer, Klaus Metz, is calling it the TriRaid 560 trimaran.

I accidentally discovered the story behind it a few days ago after emailing Klaus with a question about the Trika. Anyone interested in that boat is probably going to enjoy seeing the TriRaid too. Klaus explains how these specific modifications came about here.

It’s pretty neat too. When Klaus wrote last week that he expects the Trika design to be a “lively” design he wasn’t joking. Read the rest of this entry »

Trika 540 Trimaran – Light, Cartopable & Fast

December 5th, 2013

The Trika 540 trimaran is designed by a fellow named Klaus Metz. Klaus serves as a European sales agent for the boatbuilding plans of American designer Dudley Dix. Dudley is obviously a talented developer in his own right.

This model is going to attract lots of potential self-builders searching out plans for a light, cartopable, fast and economical boat to build. I corresponded a good bit with Klaus last week and one thing that impressed me is the ongoing thought and work he is putting into this particular boat. Read the rest of this entry »

Portable Dock and Small Boat Utility Transport

November 27th, 2013

Frank, from Rocky Mountain Safari, has struck again (with a really neat concept). When I see stuff like this it really becomes obvious that some guys are both true watermen and idea factories all rolled into one. (Frank, my friend, you’re one such fellow! :-)

Anyhow, check out the info and pics below. Be sure to click on the images below to enlarge them.

How neat. How practical. How so “DIY meets hands-on” sort of thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Brand New (Old) Firefly 26 Trimaran Looking for a Home

November 27th, 2013

There aren’t many Firefly 26 Trimarans. (The reason is explained in the previous link). But the following boat appears to be a great opportunity for the right individual.

Sailor Steve Lucas has a factory-built model that was never fully completed. Everything appears to be like new … as it was kept under wraps. Read the rest of this entry »

Trimaran Sailing Canoe with Sunfish Rig

November 22nd, 2013

Here is a great little foot trimaran sailing canoe. At fifteen and half feet, it appears to be a fine example of how to use stitch and glue method in order to build an efficient, versatile water craft rather quickly.

The info and photos for this all come from Tim C., who allowed me to copy the content from his ebay ad for the boat. He and his family had a blast with this little tri. Read the rest of this entry »

Fines Foldable Multihull Concept Design

November 22nd, 2013

The following text (and images) all come from this page at the Design Spotter website. They present the concept for a folding multihull.

I guess the real question here is whether or not the concept is commercially viable. As a design concept, the basic idea certainly flows from other small folding multis that have long been on the water. The fold-out deck design that supports the outriggers is certainly unusual though. Read the rest of this entry »

Apocalypso: A 20ft Polynesian Pontoon Trimaran

November 15th, 2013

Small tri enthusiast Robin Bennett sent me info regarding a pontoon trimaran she’d found posted on One thing led to another, and with Robin’s help I was able to get in touch with, Chris Moore, a builder of this unique boat.

Chris kindly shares the following info with us regarding this unique craft, which was named Apocalypso. The images below were clipped from the YouTube video. But here also is also a link to a blog about the building of Apocalyso – Read the rest of this entry »

Audio: Frank Jackson of Rocky Mountain Safari on DIY Boats

November 5th, 2013

I interviewed Frank Jackson, from Rocky Mountain Safari this week. Frank lives in Colorado where he uses small trimarans to help others get out on the water for camp-cruising adventures.

We’ve already featured Frank’s boats here. But I wanted to actually have a conversation with him about the DIY approach he used in order to create these fun tris.

Here are the boats we talked about … Read the rest of this entry »

Stayed Mast versus Unstayed Mast on a Small Multihull

November 5th, 2013

Let’s take a minute in order to talk about stayed masts versus unstayed. What are the main issues at hand if you’ve got a small tri … or other multihull … that has been designed to utilize both a stayed mast or an unstayed mast? (I am thinking about something like a Seaclipper 16 here).

I’d love to hear others’ thoughts on this particular topic (in the comments section below). Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Seaclipper 20 Trimaran in Italy

October 28th, 2013

Sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Pippo Bianco is building a Seaclipper 20 trimaran model in Italy. He has started a blog to document his progress throughout the build. Read the rest of this entry »

13-Foot Kayak Trimaran in Oz

October 18th, 2013

Sailor Chris Holyday shares the following with us regarding a self-made 13-foot kayak trimaran. When I look at what he has done, I’m amazed that more guys aren’t doing it because it really follows (as Chris wrote to me) the KISS principle.

Chris is sailing his little tri in the waters near Perth, Australia. Sounds like a must-see place for an outdoorsman (outdoorsgal?). Read the rest of this entry »

Wave-Piercing 5-Meter Trimaran Powerboat

October 14th, 2013

This trimaran powerboat comes from designer and builder Fred Caravetta. He shares the story behind the development of this boat below … along with some great photos and video (below).

The video shows the boat in the testing stage as a monohull and then its transition to becoming a trimaran. Once again to obtain more personal information and in-depth info about the goals for this boat, visit Fred’s website. Read the rest of this entry »

I TRI’D – A Self-Designed 18-foot DIY Trimaran

October 4th, 2013

I TRI’D is a self-designed 18-foot DIY trimaran by sailor Mick Milne. He built this sailboat himself after researching lots of small tris and then using using “HULLS” software to produce dimensions for the panels.

The building technique is “stitch and glue” plywood — with the main hull oversheathed with two layers of fiberglass and epoxy. And the outriggers slide in on aluminum beams to allow trailering . It looks pretty good. Read the rest of this entry »

SeaRail 19 Trimaran Update

September 26th, 2013

The SeaRail 19 trimaran has been updated. The goal was to make this production boat even more “family-friendly” if winds blow over 20 knots … while still allowing it to be driven hard by experienced sailors who simply want to go as fast as conditions permit.

Be sure to check out the new SeaRail 19 sailing video below. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing the CHS X19 Sport Trimaran Sailboat (Audio Interview)

September 17th, 2013

How about an audio interview about the CHS X19 Sport Trimaran — a new sailboat that is about to be built by Charlotte Harbor Sails in Florida? Charlotte Harbor’s proprietor, John Lange, was specifically looking for a boat with its features.

John was able to find just what he was looking for in this model, which is a design by Kurt Hughes. (My short audio interview with John is found below). Read the rest of this entry »

Fulmar 19 Trimaran Fun in Michigan

September 8th, 2013

The Fulmar 19 trimaran was designed by John Marples — for a fellow who wanted to manufacture and sell a small tri. It’s a shame this model never became a huge commercial success.

Longtime sailor George McDonald has had a blast with his Fulmar tri. But for all of it’s speed, quick setup on the trailer and easy handling under sail, he wants to sell his boat for the bigger challenge of a beach cat. This means somebody is going to be able to obtain a really neat boat. (You can check out a previous Fulmar 19 post here). Read the rest of this entry »

Photos of the Goldfish Trimaran in Russia

September 2nd, 2013

Our friend Stefano shared the following thread with me, which features photos of a design entitled the Goldfish trimaran. The building of this boat is taking place in Russia. Read the rest of this entry »

Multihull Legend Dick Newick Passes Away

September 1st, 2013

Multihull legend Dick Newick passed away last week. His accomplishments as a boat designer and their subsequent effects upon the world of sailing were extraordinary.

Mr. Newick’s original Tremolino is still regarded as a performance standard among small trimarans. And I hope his plans for homebuilders continue to be made available for purchase. (Hopefully, some provision for this was made, we’ll see). Read the rest of this entry »

Look at a Traditional Indonesian Trimaran

August 23rd, 2013

The following is linked to from a webpage by created by “Double Outrigger” enthusiast Tim Anderson. This Polynesian trimaran features some really interesting connective areas — akas, amas, etc. (for us Western trimaran sailing canoe fans, at least).

I discovered this webpage from a link on instructables (sent to me from smalltrimarans contributor Ian McGee) detailing the building of a Marshallese proa. Read the rest of this entry »

First Strike 15 Trimaran in the Water

August 16th, 2013

Up to this point, we’ve only had a peek at the new Strike 15 trimaran design by Richard Woods. You can check out follow up posts about this boat here and here.

Now it’s finished. Well, almost, anyway. Finished enough to put her in the water and do some test sailing. (See for yourself in the photo and video below; be sure to click on the photo images to enlarge them). Read the rest of this entry »

Trimaran Sailing Canoes at Rocky Mountain Safari

August 9th, 2013

Frank Jackson has built a couple unique trimaran sailing canoes for use at Rocky Mountain Safari. These little tris were made to take guests on camp-cruising adventures.

What do you think? Read the rest of this entry »

Very Unique Small Trimaran Approach – Part 5

August 1st, 2013

Once again, here is another update from Steve Curtiss about his new self-built small trimaran. Click here for a link to part 4 of this series (along with links to all of the previous posts about Steve’s small tri experiments).

Be sure to click on the images to see them enlarged. And thanks to Steve (yet again) for sharing this great info with new photos. Read the rest of this entry »

Trimaran Lobster Boats in Maine

August 1st, 2013

This is a quick post about new trimaran Lobster boats in Maine. The trimaran configuration has been tested to “increase fuel efficiency by 20 to 25 percent“, which is a huge thing for commercial lobstermen.

The following is a portion of the intro to a story found on the online version of Bangor Daily News: Read the rest of this entry »

Ebook by Russell Brown Shows Boatbuilders Epoxy Techniques

July 26th, 2013

epoxy-basics-ebookAs you already may know, Russell Brown is the son of famous multihull designer Jim Brown. Although he’d never say so himself, Russ is probably one of the most knowledgeable individuals around when it comes to building boats in wood, fiberglass and epoxy.

After many years of building and repairing different boats, there is no doubt one is likely to pick up more than a few tricks of the trade. Hands-on-experience is the best teacher. Read the rest of this entry »

Cross 26 Trimaran POCO LOCO Sailing Again

July 26th, 2013

The Cross 26-foot trimaran named POCO LOCO is sailing once again. (We first featured this boat here).

Sailor-owner Brandon Walters worked hard (with lots of help along the way from others) to complete its restoration. And he is very pleased with the results. Read the rest of this entry »

Holopuni OC3 Double Outrigger Sailing Canoes

July 18th, 2013

The Holopuni OC3 trimaran is a 30-foot outrigger sailing canoe from Hawaii. It’s exactly the sort of boat that first attracted me to trimarans.

Pure fun. Watch the 2 videos below and see what I am talking about. Read the rest of this entry »

Catri 25 Trimaran Development Project

July 10th, 2013

Small tri friend Adrian Ezard sent me the following information. It features a final push for the completion of the new Catri 25 trimaran, which is in the final stages of building.

There is currently a fundraising drive to ensure there is enough money in the coffers to complete the job. I think this might be of interest to some of our readers, so I am posting the promotional video of this project here. Read the rest of this entry »