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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Russell 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 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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
Small tri enthusiast Robin Bennett sent me info regarding a pontoon trimaran she’d found posted on reddit.com. 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 – http://apacolypso.wordpress.com/ Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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).
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 »
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 »
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.
As 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »