Posts Tagged ‘multihulls’

Jim Brown’s Case for the Cruising Trimaran Published as a Kindle eBook

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Jim Brown Talks to Richard Woods About His Small Trimaran Designs

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Here is a short but genuine treat … Jim Brown talking to Richard Woods about small trimarans. As we noted a couple of weeks ago, Richard has spent the better part of the past couple of years drawing up several new small trimaran designs (he refers to these as the “Strike trimaran” models).

It’s always interesting to listen to guys with so much multihull sailing, designing, and building experience talk about this sort of stuff. But it’s not hard to imagine Jim’s conversation with Richard about the benefits of sailing small tris, along with building them in wood/epoxy, inspiring a whole lot of listeners to take the plunge into this area in the world of small boats. (more…)

Audio: Discussion About Piver Trimarans Between Jim Brown & Mike Eaton

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

When it comes to Piver trimarans, the “Nugget” model is arguably the best designed and most successful one. In this post I link to a webpage at, which features Jim Brown talking with long-ago-friend Mike Eaton about some of their work with Piver trimarans (plus lots of other stuff too). (more…)

Mike Leneman from Multimarine Talks Small Trimaran Building

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Here is another sample audio clip from theMultihull conversations with Jim Brownaudio series. In this recording, Jim speaks to sailor, self-boatbuilder and marine entrepreneur Mike Leneman.

Mike is the owner of MultiMarine in Venice, CA, which can be found on the web at In this segment, he shares some out-of-the-box thinking on how to build wood/epoxy boats (including small trimarans) quicker by doing certain techniques differently. (more…)

Father of the Modern Trimaran

Monday, April 25th, 2011

After watching the video illustrations & commentary created by Jim Brown for Chapter 3 of his book, “Among the Multihulls: Volume One” (seen below) a viewer left the following comment on YouTube (to which Jim offered some more details) … (more…)

John Marples Talks about the Constant Camber Boatbuilding Method

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Is the boatbuilding method John Marples and Jim Brown called “Constant Camber,” which was used years ago to build slender hulls for trimarans and catamarans, still a viable method for boatbuilding? You bet it is. (more…)

Historical Small Trimarans I Have Met (Part 2)

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

In this post, Frank Starkweather shares a bit out the pages of his friendship with the Gougeon Brothers. It’s hard to imagine any family that’s impacted sailing in recent decades as much as they have. And imagine their special connections to the entire multihull world. Wow! (more…)

Historical Small Trimarans I Have Met (Part 1)

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I received the following from small trimaran enthusiast Frank Starkweather last week. Frank once worked for the Gougeon Brothers. As you’re about to see, he’s enjoyed many sailing adventures, and has known a few tris over the years. (more…)