July 7th, 2013
The following short videos feature the Trilars trimaran (2 different boats). The Trilars is a model for homebuilders designed by Jim Michalak.
I originally got bitten by the trimaran bug after seeing the performance of a few double outrigger sailing canoes (much like the Trilars). Little cartoppable boats like these never cease to fascinate me. Take note, for example, of the relatively small sail on the first boat shown below … and how it’s still able to drive those light, narrow hulls through the water quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
June 29th, 2013
In this post, Steve Curtiss shares another update about his new self-built small trimaran. (The twinsails on this craft really look sharp too!)
Steve regards this boat as another experimental trimaran. But after upon his first trip out on the lake, in light airs, he thinks the results are very encouraging. Steve plans on getting aboard this sailing toy all summer … in gradually increasing wind conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
June 21st, 2013
Thanks to Stefano for this story about the building of a foam trimaran for the Everglades Challenge. The boat, dubbed FINGER MULLET by its builder and sailor Channing Boswell, is a one-of-a-kind micro cruiser. One can really see how it’s built with the specific purpose of competing in the EC. Read the rest of this entry »
June 14th, 2013
The first Nicky Cruz Explorer Trimaran has been launched. Sea trials are now underway for the boat that Fritz (the owner/builder/sailor) constructed, piece by piece, over the past couple of years.
The name of this new small trimaran is Karamea. And what a beauty it’s turned out to be! Read the rest of this entry »
June 6th, 2013
Mike Channell’s Seaclipper 20 trimaran has been the main asset of his unique fishing business. He loves this boat but has decided he must sell it (a reluctant yet necessary business decision) at this time.
He writes about the boat (below) in addition to a very short YouTube clip, which shows this trailerable tri in action. Anyone interested is invited to contact Mike via his website at http://www.channellguides.com. Read the rest of this entry »
June 3rd, 2013
Sailor Walter Monici has designed this 10-foot trimaran he calls TRIX. He writes and shares photos of her from his home in Milan, Italy. (TRIX measures approximately 305 cm in length and 295 cm wide).
What is great is that Walter shares both what he likes about the boat and what he thinks can be improved upon. This little tri already has him thinking about building another (a little bit longer — around 11-feet). Read the rest of this entry »
May 31st, 2013
The RagWing Trimaran is another design by sailor Roger Mann (a.k.a. “JollyRoger)” at Watertribe).
Roger refers to it as a “racing trimaran” because of it’s speed potential. He sailed this boat during the NCC 2012 and wrote the following about what, for him, turned out to be the best part of the race, “I averaged 17.71 knots over 5 1/2 miles and my top speed was over 20. What a ride. That 1/2 hour made the whole trip worth it and showed great potential for when there is wind.” Read the rest of this entry »
May 24th, 2013
The weather is getting warmer in British Columbia for boatbuilding. And multihull designer Richard Woods is taking advantage of it by picking up on the build of his new Strike 15 trimaran model.
As you see in the short video clip below, there is still plenty of work to do on this boat. But even so, Richard is hoping it’ll be ready for sea trials sometime in June. Read the rest of this entry »
May 17th, 2013
Ian McGehee has found yet another version of a standing board trimaran. This boat is an ingenious alteration of a standard kayak design from Chesapeake Light Craft.
There are a number of interesting things about this boat. But as Ian notes below, the sail rig (way over-sized for this kayak) is attached in a very creative manner. Simple. And brilliant. I’ve never seen it before … although I’m sure a few readers here have. Read the rest of this entry »
May 10th, 2013
Russel Brown has just announced the sale of REV, a small sailing trimaran that Dick Newick designed and has personally enjoyed for over 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »
May 10th, 2013
The PuddleCat Trimaran 12-footer looks like fun. It’s a small sailer designed and built by Roger Mann.
Roger’s description of this craft on his website is very concise, although I particularly love the first sentence: Read the rest of this entry »
May 6th, 2013
Here is a little update on the Uffa 10 trimaran, which can also be seen here and here. You will see that it has a new rig (as shown in these new photos below). Read the rest of this entry »
May 5th, 2013
The following info about Paddleboard trimarans comes to us (once again) from our friend Ian McGehee. In this case, the flat boards, which replace traditional hulls, allow for a very creative use of the trimaran concept.
But this again leads us to think about how such forms might lend themselves to sailing beach trimarans … or others. Read the rest of this entry »
April 29th, 2013
I’d love to sail a trimaran along the shores of Greece. From what I’ve read, it’s one of the loveliest venues in the Mediterranean.
Andreas Kaltsas, a sailor who has really schooled himself about small tris, has designed one of his own. He is now building it with the intention of sailing along Greek shores … including many of its coastal islands. Read the rest of this entry »
April 19th, 2013
Here is an inflatable trimaran with unique claw-wing sail. (It’s another interesting one our friend Ian McGehee has found on the web.)
In my opinion, the sail itself is definitely the the most interesting part of this craft. Ian corresponded with a sailor who uses a rig similar to this on his catboat, which he shares with us below. Read the rest of this entry »
April 18th, 2013
The following info about a trimaran kiteboat concept comes from Ian McGehee. Ian has shared many interesting insights with us in the comments area on many posts in recent months. I always enjoy hearing from him.
At the moment, Ian has been focused on the possibility of using surfboards (or surfboard shapes) in place of traditional hull shapes on small trimarans. Ian writes here about someone else with the same idea. (Imagine, for example, the kite used with this prototype boat being replaced by a kite type of sail.) Read the rest of this entry »
April 15th, 2013
Here are some great photos of the small trimarans used as fishing boats in Indonesia. They come from the Province of Bali to be more exact.
All of these photos and renderings come from sailor (and soon-to-be small tri boatbuilder) Joe Iosif Gross. Joe not only shares a little about these unique-looking fishing boats, but also his plans to build a brand new 12-foot trimaran for himself. Read the rest of this entry »
April 5th, 2013
This is the 3rd post featuring Steve Curtiss’ unique small trimaran under development. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2 yet then you should definitely do that in order to get the full benefit from this post.
As you’ll read in the below, this new boat is presently in the development stage. We’ll look for a follow up report after it’s built and then goes through its sea trials. The final verdict isn’t in on this design but it sure is inspiring to see the creative energy at work to create a new trimaran design such as this. Read the rest of this entry »
March 28th, 2013
Sailor Brandon Walters is presently restoring a Cross 26 trimaran in California. He sent the following pics, along with some more photos of the boat from 1985 (he got these pics from the fellow who owned the boat at that time).
The boat’s name is POCO LOCO. Brandon said he is currently trying to figure out how to properly rig the new aluminum mast that he bought for it. So if anyone can offer him a helpful tip or two when it comes to stay lengths (or that sort of thing) then please post comments below. Read the rest of this entry »
March 21st, 2013
Here is part 2 of the story about Steve Curtiss’ very unique small trimaran design. Steve began with a kayak fitted with double sails.
This is a summary of his experiments. I think you’re going to enjoy what he shares in the following. Thanks again for the article and photos Steve! Read the rest of this entry »
March 21st, 2013
Ancient trimarans. How did they come about? How did the double outrigger canoe develop?
A few readers began an interesting topic thread at the end of the previous post that I thought might warrant a post of the links shared (with a few additions) during their discussion. Read the rest of this entry »
March 14th, 2013
Here is a story about 2 adventurers in a dugout trimaran canoe. Small tri friend Lenny shares this blogspot link with us (which is where all of the information below comes from). And while pics of the boat in full tri configuration are lacking, I’m hopeful their site will feature some more photos soon.
As you’ll see, there is a serious dose of pioneering spirit depicted here. So much so, somebody decided to build their own dugout and attach double outriggers. Read the rest of this entry »
March 7th, 2013
Get ready to see a very unique small trimaran design. It’s really neat.
This comes to us from sailor (and mechanical engineer) Steve Curtiss. Steve certainly isn’t a newbie. In the past couple years he has written articles about a couple of prototypes that utilize twinsail rigs for kayak sailing. These were published in Messing About in Boats … and also a publication called the “TSCA Lost Coast Newsletter.” Read the rest of this entry »
March 5th, 2013
Here are some very interesting discussions about hull shapes for multihulls. Long time multihull sailor Ian McGehee (who is a regular contributor at smalltrimarans with his insightful commentary) sent the following to me a few days ago. It’ll be of interest to readers here that enjoy technical information about hull shapes. Read the rest of this entry »
February 28th, 2013
This post contains a great sailing report about Gypsy Wind, the Drifter 17 trimaran model we read about in an earlier post. The designer, builder and sailor, Mark Gumprecht, took some time to share a little about how he enjoyed her this past summer.
Mark provides us with a fun, breezy read about this 17-foot cabin cruiser. There are some pics and a YouTube Video at the very end. Thank you for sharing this with us Mark. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24th, 2013
In this post, we once again hear from sailor and Wavelength 780 trimaran designer Bob Forster. The following photos and information come from Bob’s latest newsletter, which is available on his website at www.wavelengthmultihulls.com. Read the rest of this entry »
February 17th, 2013
I interviewed Stephen Walker from Ahoy Boats, which serves as the UK’s Astus & Magnum trimarans distributor, for the first Small Trimarans book. And in the years since I’ve spoken to him, it appears his promotion of small tris is stronger than ever.
Stephen is an avid sailor and wealth of specialized knowledge. It’s hard to be bored when listening to him talk about trimarans. Read the rest of this entry »
February 7th, 2013
Today we hear from sailor Ron Falkey and the story of his self-designed and self-built micro cruiser trimaran named Dalliance. Ron really gives us a great read here because he spares few details. Read the rest of this entry »
February 7th, 2013
The folks at Solway Dory have been producing beautiful trimaran sailing canoes in recent years. I just found out about this model from small tri enthusiast Tom Williams (thanks Tom!). Read the rest of this entry »
February 7th, 2013
We met sailor Mike Barnett and his Sailbird trimaran in a previous post. He asked me if I’d pass along the following information. Read the rest of this entry »
January 29th, 2013
Here is a great report from Frank Smoot about his new 24-foot trimaran LocoMotion. What he is able to do with so little money in so little time is, IMO, sort of amazing.
This is especially the case for us guys who seem to always take longer to do projects we thought would just take 1/4 of the time — and sometimes easily go over-budget too. (I certainly don’t have myself in mind here, nosireeeee, no way, it’s other guys I’m thinking of ;-) Read the rest of this entry »
January 21st, 2013
If you’d ever like to go sailing & fishing in Florida — on a Seaclipper Trimaran no less — then you’re going to enjoy this post. It comes to us from Captain Michael Channell, who operates a very unique fishing charter down in the Sunshine State.
I tried not to envy Mike’s job when I first read this piece … but failed :-) Read the rest of this entry »
January 17th, 2013
Here is a truly unique, custom-built aluminum trimaran. I received these photos from the owner, Alaric W., last week. He acquired this boat several years ago because he thought it would be a great way to get this out on the water with his family.
The boat came with a bill of sale but no title. This is one of the things that has kept Alaric from sailing it. (He is actually considering whether or not he should sell it to someone that really wants to get a lot of use from it). Read the rest of this entry »
January 3rd, 2013
The Challenger trimaran is best known as being a great boat for sailors with physical disabilities. But the fact is that this is a boat for everyone.
Anybody who sails this thing, especially in ideal conditions, describes it as a powerful adrenaline rush. And the fact that it’s still “legal” to enjoy such a thrill is … well, er … thrilling :-) Read the rest of this entry »
December 23rd, 2012
This post links to a short account of a father and his son having fun with their Windrider Tango trimaran … in the Australian outback.
Not exactly the place one would expect to find a sailing trimaran. But logic is at work here. Read the rest of this entry »
December 21st, 2012
Here is a great update from sailor and self-builder Jim Gallant, featuring the trimaran named BEST GUESS. Jim has added some more pics to his webpage, along with some fun, short videos.
Jim writes that BEST GUESS is now in his garage being retro-fitted with some improvements for Spring. He is adding “lifing planes to the amas” as one of the improvements and is looking forward to seeing how they’ll work. Read the rest of this entry »
December 21st, 2012
A unique trimaran named SID is now sailing waters along the New Zealand coast. Sailor and self-boat builder Gary Baigent has done it again.
As you may recall, Gary designed and built another trimaran featured here called FLASH HARRY. SID is, in his words, meant to be a “big brother” to Flash Harry. Read the rest of this entry »
December 18th, 2012
Sailor and self-boatbuilder Lenny H launched his new Seaclipper 24 trimaran this past September. He shares some glimpses of both its building and launching in the following YouTube video. (It’s a great one too … 7 minutes long).
For anyone that wants to know more about this sailboat (one of the newer small tri designs by John Marples), I’ve included links to previous posts about it here at smalltrimarans. Read the rest of this entry »
December 15th, 2012
I received the following small trimaran renderings from a fellow named Ronaldo Fazanelli a couple of weeks ago. I’ve tried to find out some more info about this prospective design, including some more info about Ronaldo.
As of yet, however, I haven’t been able to find out anything more than what is posed here. I am suspecting the language barrier may be at work here. Read the rest of this entry »
December 13th, 2012
Here is a link to WetaMarine’s website, which published a story about the 2012 Weta trimaran Rally in New Zealand. Great pics. And a bonus video too!
According to Miranda, who works at WetaMarine, this event turned out to be “a very cruisy weekend.” One great thing about it was lots of newbies got coached on how to sail by getting onboard a Weta (Wow, what a great way to get introduced to sailing :-) Read the rest of this entry »
December 5th, 2012
Here are some photos of three different small trimaran models featured at the 2012 Annapolis Boat show this past October. The first pic is of the new Motive Trimaran. The second photos feature the SeaRail Trimaran. And the third, much more comprehensive set of pics, feature the new Ultra Light 20 Trimaran from Warren Light Craft.
The Motive Trimaran model (featured in the first photo below) was designed by a French multihull sailor/designer, and built by Ted Warren using the same materials and techniques that he uses for his super-strong, yet light kayaks and new UL 20 trimaran model. Read the rest of this entry »
November 30th, 2012
We first featured the Tricote trimaran on this post. This trailerable tri is another successful example of a “monohull to trimaran” conversion.
The pics below are linked to directly from the Tricote website. And there are many more great photos there too, so you are encouraged you to go there and peruse those pages. Read the rest of this entry »
November 27th, 2012
I’d never heard about the Bazooka trimaran model until a couple weeks ago. Small tri sailor and enthusiast Graham Wheeler sent a whole bunch info about it. And today, we all get to enjoy what he shares in this post.
After seeing where Graham lives, and also seeing that he has been able to own a couple of very cool little boat over the past few years, I think I’ve finally learned how not be a little envious here! Well, okay, maybe this isn’t exactly true … but I’ll keep trying ;-) Read the rest of this entry »
November 27th, 2012
Small trimaran sailor and enthusiast Fred F. sent me the following photos a few days ago. He is asking for the help of anyone in our little small tri community here to identify this particular model. At the moment, it’s a little mystery.
This baby is a true “dinghy.” Take a look at the photos Fred sent to us and see if you’ve ever seen it. I’ll post an “update” if someone identifies it … okay guys :-) Read the rest of this entry »
November 17th, 2012
The following is a full, unedited article from Multihull designer Jim Brown, entitled, “TakeOff Window.” It’s officially about the lifelong work of Sam Bradfield in the area of hydrofoils.
More specifically, Jim writes about the 18-foot trimaran — OSPREY — that Sam spent the last years of his life making into an incredible hydrofoiler. The boat is a marvel of engineering and offers a sensation of flying over the water (according to those who’ve had a ride on it) that is absolutely amazing. Read the rest of this entry »
November 14th, 2012
Small trimaran enthusiast Ian McGehee provides us with some fabulous information in this post. While it’s geared especially for anyone thinking about designing their own hulls at some point, I think many boat lovers (especially multihullers) are going to enjoy this material.
Every sailor can benefit from added understanding of hull shapes. Thinking about what is actually happening in order to drive a boat as it moves through the water is absolutely fascinating. And the links Ian provides below really get one’s imagination going. Read the rest of this entry »
November 5th, 2012
Middle Eastern Weta Trimaran distributor Brett Hall discovered that small tris can be a great platform for fishing! The images and content are taken directly from Weta Marine’s article page. And the following short video is on YouTube.
Brett writes about the challenges of trying to fish while sailing other boats. Then he talks about his Weta experience. Just scroll down to begin reading … Read the rest of this entry »
October 30th, 2012
Here are some photos of the mast raising for the first Nicky Cruz trimaran. As you can see, this boat is just about completed.
We last posted about this boat here. Read the rest of this entry »
October 19th, 2012
Our small tri friend Stefano M. sent me links to the following YouTube videos. They feature a J-24 sailboat converted into full-blown 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 :-) Read the rest of this entry »
October 15th, 2012
There is a new Strike 18 trimaran sailing in Texas. Even though this is the first sailboat the owner has built himself, it turned out great!
Just see for yourself :-) Read the rest of this entry »