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. But he is a 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 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 »

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 »

4 Short Trilars Trimaran Videos

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 »

Very Unique Small Trimaran Approach – Part 4

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 »

Adventures of Building a Foam Trimaran in 6 Weeks

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 »

First Nicky Cruz Explorer Trimaran On the Water

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 »

Seaclipper 20 Trimaran for Sale in Florida

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 »

A Custom Built 10 Foot Trimaran Called Trix

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 »

The Fast RagWing Trimaran Design Named Seven-of-Nine

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 »

Strike 15 Trimaran Build Continues

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 »

Completely Different Approach to a Standing Board Trimaran

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 »

Dick Newick REV Trimaran for Sale

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 »

Introducing the PuddleCat Trimaran 12

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 »

Uffa 10 Trimaran with a New Rig

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 »

Paddleboard Trimarans in Action

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 »

A Homebuilt Trimaran for the Shores of Greece

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 »

Inflatable Trimaran with Claw-Wing Sail

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 »

Trimaran Kiteboat Approach in Development

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 »

Fishing Trimarans in Bali

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 »

Very Unique Small Trimaran Approach – Part 3

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 »

Restoring a Cross 26 Trimaran in California

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 »

Very Unique Small Trimaran Approach – Part 2

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 »

Links on the Development of Ancient Trimarans

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 »