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Expedition Double Outrigger Sailing Kayak

Kayak sailor Raul Ricci shares about his boat with us in this post (from Peru no less). How cool is that?

He shares some pictures (below) and promises to send in a video or two the next time he goes out sailing.

Thanks for sharing with us Raul

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Expedition Double Outrigger Sailing Kayak
by Raul Ricci

I am sending you some photos of my sailing kayak trimaran.

When I worked doing my kayak trimaran I had the pleasure of seeing your website and I appreciated so much of your open mind and passion for small trimarans.

I like to sail alone every weekend along La Punta beach and Isla San Lorenzo. I live in Peru. (more…)

Bahamas Cruising on a Tramp

Our previous blog post featured sailor Peter Lange sailing his Weta tri. In this post I am linking to Peter’s blog from a couple years back which detailed his preparation for and cruising to The Bahamas on a 19.5’ Tramp trimaran.

His name for this Tramp Tri was “AMA MAMA“. Once again, he features a lot of info about both his preparation and the trip itself.

This blog can be found at the following address: http://littleyellowtramp.blogspot.com/ (Go back to the 2015 entries and earlier to read about AMA MAMA. (more…)

Texas 200 on a Weta

Sailor Peter Lange shares a remarkably detailed account of his participation in the Texas 200 sailing event on his Weta trimaran in this post.

It’s so detailed that I have little doubt some folks are going to end up referring to this webpage when going over their own plans for a camp-cruise. It’s that detailed.

Enjoy!

(And thanks Peter, for sharing this write-up with us :-) (more…)

Old Canoe Plus Windsurfer Creates Small Tri

Here is an old commercially-made canoe, coupled with windsurfer parts, re-created into a small tri. Sailor Mark Schoenhals shares about his craft called DRAGONFLY with us in the videos below.

I am only sharing 3 of the videos he made about this project in this post. To see all of them you can visit the videos page on Mark’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/birchmark/videos

Mark writes:

This summer I began work on a small homebuilt trimaran using an aluminum canoe and an old wind surfer as raw materials. It was Jim Gallant’s design that inspired me to go for the canoe conversion. The result has been a fun little craft I call Dragonfly. (more…)

Small Camp-Cruising Sailing Trimaran Project

Sailor Eric Dahlkamp is working on a new boatbuilding project. This means he may soon have another boat to try out in a future Texas 200 sailing event.

This one is a small camp-cruising sailboat. Eric explains the thoughts behind this one, along with a few pics, just below.

Included are a couple concept renderings to help us see his vision for this small craft. Pretty neat.

Once again, we are indebted to him for sharing this project with us!

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Restored Searunner 25 Trimaran Now Sailing

Sailor John Ebert has been restoring a vintage Searunner 25 trimaran. See here and here for the backstory.

His craft, which he has worked for so long and so hard to get back into sailing shape, is now sailing once again … currently in Leech Lake, Minnesota.

Now, at long last … the reward! He shares the fruit of his efforts with us in pictures below.

Congrats on a job well-done John. (more…)

Texas 200 in a Cross 18 Trimaran

Sailor Eric Dahlkamp entered his Cross 18 trimaran in the Texas 200 sailboat event this summer. He produced some great videos to share with us about his adventure.

His Cross 18 is great-looking in addition to being a great sailboat. I LOVE the way this craft is setup for comfortable sailing (especially with that bimini top :-)

Just check it out. You’re gonna enjoy his videos below.

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Eric Writes:
This past June my brother and me participated in the tenth annual Texas 200, June 12-16. 2017. We sailed my Cross 18 trimaran. Texas 200 website: http://www.texas200.com/ (more…)

Mini-Hydroptere Foiling Trimaran Ready for Sea Trials

Sailor Jim Gallant shares an update here regarding the mini-Hydroptere trimaran he has been building. He shares some great pics with us below.

Jim writes:

I’m hoping to launch my foiling tri modeled after a 1990s Hydroptere prototype this coming Saturday. I have landscapers coming to clear debris and logs from my beach so I’ll be able to roll my dolly from my yard into the water. See attached pics of the completed boat. (more…)

Bolger Teal with Storer Outriggers

Sailor Jan Cudak put some nice outriggers on his small Bolger-designed monohull. Things may not always work out the way they did for him, but we love it when they do :-)

The outriggers, by the way, were designed by Michael Storer and can be purchased either at Duckworks or via Michael’s website.

I mentioned them in 2014 on this page. And Jan shares the following pictures and video with us.

Many thanks Jan! (more…)

Really? Two-Thirds of a Trimaran?

When our smalltri friend Hans Schipper sent us the following info I wasn’t going to post it. The craft is not, after all, a proper small trimaran.

Then I took a closer look at his ideas for daggerboard and rudder and it just seemed like I must post his pics and short vids. What he has created is very creative. And as always seems to be the case with Hans, they display an incredible amount of thought process when it comes to solving whatever the issue(s) at hand. (more…)

Gazelle – Farrier F25A

Sailor Bill Atherholt shares the following with us about his F25 trimaran. His blog contains many photos of it and can be seen here: http://www.trigazelle.com

Bill appears to have a small cruising tri that could possibly make many multihullers a little envious. (Seriously, I’d love to take a short sailing cruise with him on this boat ;-)

Many thanks to him for sharing it with us here. (more…)

Meade Gougeon – Farewell

A friend sent the following news to us last evening. Very sad news indeed.

This past weekend, on Saturday, the Bay City Yacht Club held its annual “Great Lakes Multihull Regatta.” This was a Gougeon Brothers sponsored event but Meade Gougeon was not able to participate this year because he recently became very sick.

The race committee moved Saturday’s start of the race from its usual point to the waterfront area at Meade Gougeon’s house, as a personal tribute to him. Meade was brought to the front windows of his home so he could see all the boats lined up and watch the start of the race. (more…)

Kayak Trimaran Now with Larger Amas

Kayak sailor Eric Light has created larger amas for his double outrigger sailing kayak. So neat! And he says they accomplished exactly what they were meant to do, which is stand up to heavier wind.

To get a complete understanding of what Eric has done, see the previous entries about this boat project first here … and then here.

Eric shares the below info with us. And be sure to check out his boat blog too, which features this boat and other stuff. (more…)

Scarab 22 Trimaran for Sale in Vermont

Sailor Greg Kelly is selling his Scarab 22 trimaran. He bought this particular boat from the builder, who we posted about back in 2009, and has enjoyed sailing it ever since.

Greg writes:
“Joe, I’m getting back to you about posting my tri for sale. I’ve gone back/forth; do I sell it, do I keep it. I absolutely love it; unfortunately, I must sell it.

I sailed TriTiki on Lake Champlain in Vermont; day sailing, doing weekend trips with my kids. I set it up for easy single-handing. The builder, Olivier LeBlanc, did a fabulous job building it. (more…)

Malabar Trimaran Still Looks Good

The Malabar trimaran pics below come to us from “Nic” who is offering his boat for sale. More info about the Malabar can be found here.

Nic writes:
“Joe, I remember reading a discussion on your website … about a malabar trimaran. I was lucky enough to find one a few years ago and I can confirm that it is a pleasure to sail on this little fast and light trimaran. I received many compliments and many find it very pretty … it turns heads. (more…)

Aluminum Trimaran on the Water

Remember that aluminum trimaran project we wrote about awhile back? No?

Okay, see here and here for a refresher.

Well, the builder/sailor Valery Gaulin just sent me the following short update (and pics below). How great that it got completed.

Valéry writes:
“I realized that I never gave you a follow up on my project. I finished my project probably 3 years ago. It was hard to complete, but I got it done! It sailed well with my final design good very easy to handle for even a single-hander. Here are a couple pictures of the finish trimaran.”

Here is to that wonderful “can-do” spirit of DIYers everywhere. Wow. (more…)

Moving a Small Trimaran / Pro Around in a Car Park

Our friend Algie Bennett sent the following to us this past week. It’s a hoot.

See if you agree :-)

Algie wrote:

I’ve not had much time to do anything to move my ISO dinghy project from being a proa to actually becoming a fully fledged trimaran due to horrendous work commitments but thought this might give your readers a laugh.

The boat is a bit awkward for me to move around by myself as the ramp at Lymington where we now sail from is very steep, so I decided to “repurpose and up-cycle” an old electric scooter courtesy of my old uncle Ron.

I removed the seat, added a simple little hitch, dropped the dolly on and scooted off: (more…)