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 »

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 »