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A Bazooka Trimaran Still Sailing in New Zealand

I’d never heard about the Bazooka trimaran model until a couple weeks ago. Small tri sailor and enthusiast Graham Wheeler sent a whole bunch info about it. And today, we all get to enjoy what he shares in this post.

After seeing where Graham lives, and also seeing that he has been able to own a couple of very cool little boat over the past few years, I think I’ve finally learned how not be a little envious here! Well, okay, maybe this isn’t exactly true … but I’ll keep trying ;-)

Anyhow …

You may recall that, a couple years ago, Graham wrote about a Supernova trimaran he’d purchased and was sailing back then. Apparently he sold that boat and has recently been working to restore a Farrier 18 trailer tri. But in the meantime, he has also purchased this used Bazooka tri.

Graham shares, “This boat was designed and built in N.Z. It’s 12-feet long, carbon fibre mast , can sail 2 up, and has a main only, so it’s quick and simple to rig (15 minutes). It’s also cartopable. Everything packs away into the main hull for transport or storage. Very cool.”

At the time he wrote, Graham hadn’t yet taken the boat out for a good sail. Hopefully, we can get an update from him about how the boat performs in different conditions.

As for the following info, Graham must have taken a bit of time to both scan the original sales brochure of the Bazooka (which he got permission to do from the boat’s former builder in New Zealand), plus he took photos.

According to Graham, no Bazookas have been build for several years. But the builder still has molds etc and they can be still produced. He shares both the brochure and pics with us here. Many thanks to him for all of this!

Here is the original Bazooka trimaran sales brochure (in pdf)

Click on any of the images below to enlarge them …

Main vaka hull of the Bazooka trimaran

Bazooka trimaran fully assembled and ready to go sailing



  1. This sort of boat – light-weight, beachable (and can be moved from high tide line to the water at low tide), can be paddled, can carry 2 with camping gear, is exactly what I have been looking for. If only it were still in production, and inexpensive. Robert

  2. I hear you Robert! I know a lot of guys (and gals) are going to echo your sentiment.

  3. My old man bought one of these new, I think it was built in Queensland. I inherited it a few years ago.
    It can be tricky to sail upwind, and could really use a jib to help it tack in light winds, paddles well though.

  4. Hi again
    We have today just finalized what has been a very long negotiation period regarding the Bazooka Trimaran. The conclusion is we now own the Bazooka brand moulds and everything else regarding the original Bazooka designed and built by the very talented Paul Muller.

    The Bazooka is being completely redesigned engineered and built by Ezifold Yachts LTD in New Zealand and will be released as the Bazooka MKII by Ezifold Yachts. All available details are available on our Face Book page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ezifold-Yachts-LTD/212821925457790

    Kind regards
    Brooke Johnston
    Admin manager
    Ezifold Yachts LTD
    New Zealand

  5. Just bought one of these 2nd hand.

    First sail yesterday and have to say what a brilliant little boat.

    It’s not a weta as it does not have anywhere near the same sail area but it moves along very nicely in the light winds we went out in.

    This little boat would best suit a family with a couple of children. The platform is well laid out and exceptionally functional.

    We will be setting ours up as a swiss army knife sail boat for sailing, snorkling, fishing and generally having a lot of fun over summer. The platform is that versitile it can also take a 2hp motor which we will eventually do as well.

    Having no dagger board and with the kick up rudder option beach launching is excellent. Also ours had the boomless sail which for small kids would be the best option for safety (no sore heads).

    In winter we will use it to fish and sail. I will add a couple of slight mods such as a small jib sail to help it through tacking a bit and give it some more performance in light winds, in heavier wind I think the main will be sufficient given how well it performed in light air.

    Marketing hype aside it does set up and pack up very quickly, logically and easily and we put it on our ute racks for transport. I found it easier to load the empty boat on to the racks and then pack everything into it and roll it over for strapping down. I’m not a very big guy but I can lift the hull easily onto the racks by myself, fully packed we needed some help from others.

    As a side note I do not work for the current manufacturer, I am only a 2nd year sailor and have only sailed cats in the past. The Bazooka has blown me away as it fits 95% of the wish list I had for a small boat to suit a multitude of needs and wants as well as our budget.

    So before you buy a “H” cat with bench seats and rotomoulded hulls have a good hard look at the Bazooka. Unless you are planning on taking on weta’s then the base model will be more than enough fun and has a good range of performance across a range of winds.

    Hope this helps and perspective buyers make an informed decision.

  6. So just a quick update to any interested in this boat.

    Last weekend I picked up a small 2.5hp near new mercury 2 stroke ss motor for a song. Simply mounted it on the beam and away we went.

    Decided not hoist the sail until clear of the marina as I am not that experienced at tacking yet.

    The small motor drove us along at a nice speed against an incoming tide of the estuary and headwind. Would guess around 4 knots but no way to measure, also it was fairly loaded up with around 210kg of people on board and extra for gear.

    As an experiment I wanted to hoist and drop the main out at sea, being an unstayed rig with a zipper fit sail it worked a treat. We will be raising and lowering the sail to allow drift fishing with a sea anchor so the experiment proved a success, have to say more so due to having the motor and being able to keep her pointing to wind made things easier. I guess with a sea anchor deployed we would achieve a similar outcome.

    Later we tried to sail back into the estuary but ended up locked a few times (mainly due to inexperience and the wind shifting around in all direction at the mouth) and drifting far too close to the breakwater for my liking, again the motor saved the day. Next time I think when approaching the same situation I’ll have the motor on idle and ready to push us through the tack quicker until I get used to doing it properly.

    Once again this little boat proved it’s versatility, seems strange that a lot of small tri enthusiasts seem totally focused on speed alone and not on the enjoyment of a multi use day sailing boat (that also travels along very quickly and nicely under sail). I’m sure that to a lot of people considering taking up sailing (especially mum and dad with kids) that the highly modernised and space aged high speed designs do not fit the bill.

    Ropes everywhere for people to get tangled in, sails and beams to deal with, rudders and dagger boards to contend with as well as kids and the wife, gee lets go out for a fun day on the water.

    I think that this little boat with it’s uncomplicated and simple design, ease of transport, ease of setup, ease of storage and versatility of use, as well as excellent price point, high degree of comfort and good performance could reach a previously missed market segment that would introduce many shore watchers to the fun of sailing whilst including the whole family.

    I know from having sailed cats in the past that they are no where near as forgiving or well mannered as this little tri, it gives all on board a sense of security and comfort in such a small package. I would rate it on the comfort scale as highly as the Hobie Getaway with it’s twin tramps and outrigger seats. However I would also rate it above the Hobie for all of this in a much smaller and less complicated design package.

    I guess in summary we are still in a discovery phase with this little boat, but every outing so far even with breakwater dangers has proven the capability and versatility of this little craft to do everything we have envisioned for it.

    Sailing – Simple, easy sail plan with excellent performance.

    Motoring – Stable and nimble.

    Comfort – 4 on board such a small boat and everyone had enough space.

    Handling – Extremely well mannered, predictable performance, can heel a bit on a tac but keeps the ama above water even in heavier wind.

    Transporting – Simple. Has been a bit harder for us shorter people to get it onto the Landcruiser roof racks, have fitted a rear roller to the rack and use the downhaul pulley block as a block and tackle to pull the boat up. Works and absolute treat.

    Next project for this boat will be fishing shade, may make a shade triangle out of an old jib from a cat, secured to the ama and hoisted up the mast.

    Will update as new experiences come to hand.

    Hope the above helps anyone looking at getting into sailing with a family.

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