Road Rash Plywood Trimaran Design-Concept

July 30th, 2014

SmallTrimarans reader Chris Ross recently sent me the link to a trimaran model named “Road Rash.” This model appears to still be in the design-concept stage, as there are no pics of an actual boat that has been built yet.

The Road Rash is designed to be 7.5 meters (a little over 24 1/2 feet) in length and constructed mostly from 6mm plywood. The info page says the crossbeams would be foldable for trailering purposes. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing the Slingshot 16 Trimaran

July 24th, 2014

On July 8th, Duckworks owner Chuck Leinweber let me know Frank Smoot (from had just released building plans for a new small trimaran. Frank calls this new boat the “Slingshot 16.”

If you’re a regular reader of this site, then you’ll already know we’ve previously featured Frank’s boats in posts such as this one. Frank has learned a lot about small tris in a really short period of time. He is a really fast boatbuilder too! Read the rest of this entry »

Building Double Outrigger Canoes Using Expandacraft

July 17th, 2014

The owner of Expandacraft, Wesley Stevenson, discovered one popular use of his product is for the building of trimarans. More specifically, many Expandacraft users set up the floats to create their own double outrigger canoe.

This has eventually led Wesley to the development of 2 versions of a double outrigger canoe that will be sold by the company. The first is a 12-foot version and the other is a 16-footer. Wesley calls them “The Patriot” series and both will utilize the Expandacraft concept for those customers who’d rather buy a trimaran sailing canoe that is ready-to-go. Read the rest of this entry »

Nicky Cruz 25 Trimaran Sailing in New Zealand

July 15th, 2014

Multihull designer Graeme Delaveau sent me these photos of a Nicky Cruz 25 trimaran a couple weeks ago. It was built by one of his clients in New Zealand.

The report is that this boat’s light and strong wind performance make it a real pleasure to sail. And Graeme says it has even carried a full sail in 25 knots of wind. Read the rest of this entry »

Afterword to “Among the Multihulls”

July 10th, 2014

If who’ve read either volume one or volume two of Jim Brown’s memoir, “Among the Multihulls,” then you shouldn’t miss the Afterword he has just published at OutRigMedia. It’s in two parts.

Part 1 can be found here … and Part 2 can be found here.

A Buccaneer Goes Forth (With a Non-Ballasted Fin Keel)

July 10th, 2014

This post is a follow up story from the previous one about Patrick McGrath’s Buccaneer 24 trimaran. Once again, he shares a great story with us. But what is most interesting to me is the know-how to perform the modification of the boat that is discussed here.

It’s great stuff. There is always something to learn when it comes to boats. So while reading this is fun it reflects practical knowledge that can only come through experience on the water. Thanks again for sharing this with us Patrick! Read the rest of this entry »

Buccaneer 24 Trimaran For Bermuda

July 4th, 2014

Here we feature the reprint about a Buccaneer 24 trimaran from an article first published in 1971. It was written by Patrick McGrath, whose previously written article about this classic sailboat design by Lock Crowther can be found here.

Patrick has been giving this article to those who buy the building plans for this boat from him for years (as he is now the designated seller of them). As a personal friend of Lock’s, along with having extensive experience both building and sailing this boat, there is probably nobody better qualified to talk about the Buc 24. Read the rest of this entry »

Tryst – A New 10-Foot Dinghy Trimaran Design

June 27th, 2014

Multihull designer Richard Woods sent me the following info a couple weeks ago about Tryst – a new 10-foot trimaran design. This new 10-foot dinghy tri is based on his original plans for a 10ft two sheet plywood dinghy called Duo. In other words, Tryst is a further development of Duo, and both versions of this small boat look pretty neat.

Richard tells all about it in the below, most of which has been copied from the Tryst information page at his website. With his permission, I’ve included a few of his photos at his website. There are also links to his webpage for the Duo dinghy. Read the rest of this entry »

The Shrek and I – Windrider Trimaran in Texas 200

June 18th, 2014

Windrider trimaran sailor Dirk Uys participated in this year’s Texas 200. He shares the following thoughts regarding the (now completed) 2014 event. They include this year’s personal goals and a look forward to next year.

After reading Dirk’s piece I can’t help but remember Jim Brown once saying to me, “Staying home is always easier than pursing an adventure. But if you stay home then you’ll never have the adventure.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oystercatcher Trimaran – The Trinado Tale Continues

June 18th, 2014

Oystercatcher may be a familiar trimaran to many of our readers. It used to be called Trinado and its picture is featured on the cover of the book Small Trimarans.

The current owner of this boat, Dan Capwell, renamed Oystercatcher after purchasing and bringing it to Maine. He has enjoyed some spectacular coastal sailing over the past few years as a result. Dan is now selling this tri, however, and has created a WordPress site for prospective buyers so they can see lots of pictures, info and obtain contact info for Dan for inquiries. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Wing – A Complete Sailing Kayak

June 18th, 2014

In this post we hear from sailor and Little Wing trimaran kayak owner Andy Retzloff. He has a wonderful little craft and is selling it at a greatly reduced price due to health issues.

Andy has really enjoyed sailing the Little Wing and shares a little about his personal background and experience with this boat, which was designed and built by Ted and Zac Warren from Warren Light Craft. Read the rest of this entry »

What is a Multihull? – Short PDF Report by Jim Brown

June 13th, 2014

Jim Brown has written a short report (in pdf) for anyone who is unfamiliar with multihulls. Jim covers trimarans, catamaran and proas, as well as common jargon such as the terms “outrigger” etc.

He originally wrote this explanation for the members of a video production company in Virgina who are thinking about creating a documentary based upon the extensive collection of video materials of multihull related information Jim has amassed over the years. Whether that documentary is ever produced, or not, this pdf serves as a good introduction to the topic for the those yet uninitiated into the world of multihulls. Read the rest of this entry »

New Triple A Trimaran From Reused Parts – Now Sailing

June 12th, 2014

Here we get to finally see the results of trimaran sailor Hans Schipper’s efforts to construct a new trimaran from old parts. He has named this new boat the Triple A Trimaran … and it looks like fun, especially for single-handed sailing.

Hans sent 3 photos, along with a couple of short YouTube videos. I am looking forward to hearing what others might say about this design. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Guess Trimaran Updates

June 12th, 2014

Once again we hear from small tri sailor Jim Gallant about his self-designed, self-built trimaran named BEST GUESS. He has made some very interesting updates on the boat.

Jim has taken time to provide us with some great images of his unique solutions to common needs found in self-built sailboats. His experience really shines here because the boat both looks terrific and is extremely functional. (Especially check out the great pics of the access areas to see what I mean … be sure to click on images to enlarge them). Read the rest of this entry »

Double Outrigger Sailing Canoes in Micronesia

June 5th, 2014

I was perusing Gary Dierking’s website a couple weeks ago (always a fun thing to do) and saw this post about drawings of trimarans in Micronesia. The main caption reads, “299 drawings by Aldo Cherini of canoes and ships of Indonesia.”

I think they’re wonderful drawings … imaginative and inspiring. Read the rest of this entry »

Strike 15 Trimaran Owner’s Report

May 30th, 2014

Richard Woods received the following report from Patrick, a French Strike 15 builder/sailor. Patrick also sent the following photos to Richard. Congrats Patrick, you’ve got a great trimaran there.

(Click on the images below to enlarge them.) Read the rest of this entry »

What Frenchmen Do In Their Spare Time – Continued

May 22nd, 2014

Our friend Stefano alerted me to the following videos, which feature the trimaran found in 2 previous posts … Read the rest of this entry »

ONYX 16 Trimaran Launching & 1st Ride

May 22nd, 2014

We first read about the ONYX 16 trimaran here. It’s great to hear back from sailor Andreas Kaltsas here, who contacted me last week in order to let me know that he finished building (and is now sailing) his self-designed, self-built sailboat.

Andreas shares 2 short videos in this post, along with some info from his building blog, which features all of the info that he has published about the building of this unique craft. Read the rest of this entry »

Testing Out the Hobie Mirage Drive

May 18th, 2014

During our family vacation in Sarasota last week, my daughter asked if she and I could go kayaking the day before flying home. How could I refuse? :-) Read the rest of this entry »

Trika Trimaran Building Kit Offered by CLC Boats

May 8th, 2014

Chesapeake Light Craft will soon be offering a building kit for the Trika Trimaran. The kit is designed to help those who want to build their small boat themselves do so in a timely and economical way.

Their kit will come with pre-cut pieces of plywood. But all building plans (and building support) will come from the designer, Klaus Metz. Read the rest of this entry »

Strike 16 Trimaran Sailing in Florida

May 1st, 2014

Sailor Carlos Solanilla has been enjoying his Strike 16 trimaran in Florida waters. This boat is one of the Strike trimaran models designed by Richard Woods. Carlos has previously shared info and pictures on the building of his boat here and here. Read the rest of this entry »

Artwork Posters Featuring Dick Newick’s CHEERS

April 30th, 2014

Even though this post isn’t small tri related, Russell Brown’s wife Ashlyn (of asked if we’d like to help her and Russell help out the family of Dick Newick, the great multihull pioneer, who passed several months ago. Our part is to help spread word about a special sale for posters that belonged to Dick … and any sales will benefit his widow. Read the rest of this entry »

Canadian Night Sail on an F-boat

April 29th, 2014

Sailor Karl Williams shared about his Outrigger 26 trimaran in a previous post. But he also shared a trimaran-related story with me that I didn’t include in that write up. I thought you’d enjoy this story separately. Read the rest of this entry »

Yamaha Waterspyder Windsurfer Trimaran For Sale

April 25th, 2014

Ian McGehee recently sent an to to me that he found on Craigslist advertising a “Yamaha Waterspyder.” The Waterspyder is a windsurfer trimaran.

I emailed the owner / seller, Ken C., and asked him for permission to post about it using the information in his ad. Ken kindly said, “Yes.” (Ken’s original post on Craigslist has since expired, and we invite him to post his contact info below in the comments area so that anyone interested in this craft can contact him directly). Read the rest of this entry »

Wa’apa Sailing Canoe in Trimaran Configuration

April 25th, 2014

The Wa’apa is an outrigger sailing canoe designed by Gary Dierking. It can be set up as either a single outrigger proa or double outrigger trimaran.

Every time I see pictures or video clips of Gary’s boats, the words “elegant simplicity” come to mind. Just take a look at how Jon Berger, the builder / sailor of the boats featured in the YouTube videos below, built his boats. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »