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Triak Modifications for Bigger Sailing Winds

Sailor Thom Davis shares info (and a video) about modifications he has made to his Triak. As explained in this post, his mods are geared towards making the boat a better sailer in bigger winds.

Thom also introduced me to George Yioulos, from West Coast Sailing, who is the new Triak distributor. I’ll be sharing some info George sent to me in coming days. I link to their website below for anyone who might want more info about the Triak.

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Spirit 422 Trimaran Now Available

We first heard about the Spirit 422 trimaran in this post here. And now it seems Italian sailors / boat developers Paolo and Danilo (Paul and Daniel) are now seeing their dream become a production boat reality.

I received the following email from Paul this week (Since Paul wrote to me in Italian, the following is derived from Google’s “translate” feature): (more…)

Quadmaran Success

Sailor David K. sent me the following report (a couple days ago) of the initial sea trial of his “quadmaran.” As you’ll read below, he is very happy with the result of his Hobie-Bravo-with-outriggers modification.

I’ll update this post with pics as soon as David sends them to us. (And many thanks to him for taking time to share this project craft with us!) (more…)

Testing a Quadmaran

I received the following info and pics from sailor David Kagan. He has taken a narrow small Hobie cat hull and then added outriggers to it.

Will it work?

David promised to share how his sea trials go with us. I can’t help but admire his boatbuilding skills. This unique craft sure looks nice and is sure to draw attention at the boat ramp!

I’ll let David take it from here. (more…)

Small Boat Fun in Cedar Key (with Jim Brown)

In his latest “capercast,” Jim Brown shares about his trip to the yearly small boat gathering in Cedar Key, Florida. He tells a couple great stories, along with some details about interesting developments in the boating marketplace.

He begins, however, with a fascinating report about a sailor who has (supposedly) crossed the Tasman Sea in a 17-foot Windrider trimaran. (Can anyone help Jim confirm this)? (more…)

Denmark Trimaran Project (on Craigslist)

Small tri reader Jens Wellejus shared the following with me this week from a Craigslist post in Denmark.

He wrote:

“16 foot project boat up for sale in Denmark. Cheap too. The seller is asking some 200 usd. Not negotiable”http://www.dba.dk/anden-type-selvbyg-trimaran/id-1033620870/?

If the boat is indeed selling for $200 then it could be a fabulous deal for someone who knows what they’re doing (meaning, they have the knowledge to finish the building process and transform these now-separate hulls into an efficient sailboat.)

I don’t know how long this will be posted on Craigslist, but I do link the pictures below to their locations within the CL ad. I used Google translate to obtain the below description of the boat, which is in Danish. (more…)

New Chryz10 build for 2017

Another Chryz10 trimaran from sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Christofer Olsson? Yes!

We’ve seen him in action before, including here and here.

It’s almost finished and ready for sea trials. (We’re looking forward to that report. And check out his blog too — www.chryz10.com :-)

Chris tells the story about this new boat below. And he shares a some pics and a “walk-around” video as well.

(All I can say is Chris’ sailing mind & boatbuilding skills amaze me. Seriously.) (more…)

Finger Mullet Trimaran in the EC

The FINGER MULLET is a trimaran that completed in this year’s Everglades Challenge boat race. There is an article about how it was built on Duckworks.

Our friend Stefano Moretti found this article and sent it to me after seeing pictures of this boat as having participated in the 2017 EC. (Another great find Stef … thanks for sharing it with us! :-)

We’d love to find out how this boat performs under sail. Perhaps its owner will share some more info about FM with us here on smalltrimarans.

Triple A Trimaran with Rowing Flappers

Sailor Hans Schipper has been tweaking his Triple A trimaran some more. He has come up with some rowing flappers.

It seems like coming up with a boat motor alternative is on the mind of small tri folks lately. Hans offers some pics and a short video below.

He writes:

The sailing season is starting up slowly. Last week I was invited to show a presentation of the Cool Finn om the Hiswa, the biggest Dutch boat show, as a example from creative re-use of old material for the Amateur Boat Building Award. I received an honorable mention. It was nice to be at at the boat show and meet other boat lovers. (more…)

Identify This Trimaran from Down Under?

Australian sailor Daniel Robin recently acquired a small cruising trimaran and would like some help identifying it.

It’s a beautiful looking boat; that’s for sure. I specifically asked Daniel if the beams demount for trailing and he shares a bit of into about that particular feature below.

Any readers who might know something about this particular design are invited to share it in the Comments area below.

This is the sort of thing where the collective mind of the small tri community often provides amazing insights :-) (more…)

Randy Smyth Wins (Class 5) 2017 Everglades Challenge

Sailor Randy Smyth has done it again. He won the small multihulls class of the 2017 Everglades Challenge on his trimaran SIZZOR.

Only this time, he has used a new;y patented Wing Rig to do it. If you scroll down to the end of the pictures that are linked to on this thread at the WoodenBoat Forum you can see a couple pics of it.

To get the scoop on this new rig, however, check out Jim Brown talking about it on his podcast here.

You’ll be glad you did … it’s so cool :-)

Paraw Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe Plans

Sailor Lorenzo Acompañado II has published plans for a 20-foot Paraw. The Paraw is a traditional double outrigger sailing canoe in the Philippines.

Lorenzo has published some information, along with boatbuilding plans for a Paraw, on his website: https://samaloutrigger.wordpress.com/

The following text and pictures and video are shown on his website (and used here with his permission)…
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How to Scull a Multihull

Sailor Hans van der Zijpp wrote an article about how to scull a small multihull. It has been published by Duckworks Magazine but Hans also wanted to share it with readers here at smalltrimarans.

Be sure to check out the short clip of the actual sculling process on the Facebook page he shares a link to at the end of his article. It really does work well. It’s evident that a lot of time and thought went into thinking about it. (more…)

Self-Built H19 Trimaran (Hobie Modification)

Sailor and self-boatbuilder Bill Kennedy shares background info and pictures of his H19 small trimaran. “An H19 trimaran?” you ask. Yes, we reply. Bill is currently developing one.

It utilizes a Hobie 20 catamaran hull (I am guessing) for the vaka and self-designed double outriggers for its amas. Bill has a lot of sailing experience under his belt, which is exactly what is needed to make a project like this successful.

Can’t wait to see this one in the water this summer. Also pictured is a Rhodes 19, which he is also in the process of refurbishing. See below.

(Thanks Bill, for sharing this with us!)
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Mini-Hydroptere Foiling Trimaran

Sailor and self-boatbuilder Jim Gallant Jim Gallant is building another small trimaran. His first one was BEST GUESS – 20 foot plywood/fiberglass/epoxy tri based in Poulsbo, WA.

Jim informed me that he sold BEST GUESS and is now building another sailboat … a foiler based on a 1991 prototype of the famous Hydropter trimaran.

So far, Jim has chosen to use a hull from an old Solcat as the vaka for his boat and is using masts (cut down to fit his specs) for crossbeams. (more…)

From Finn Dinghies to Small Trimarans

In this post we feature a couple small trimarans built from Finn dinghy hulls. Sailor Jarda Suchopar shares about these boats (all the way from the Czech Republic.)

When I asked Jarda how he first got into small tris he replied with the following explanation:

It is a bit of a humorous story. Eight years ago we sailed in Poland on the very nice Mazury lakes. We were the only open dinghy — non cabin cruiser — on the lakes. Because the Finn dighy is easy to be capsized, we had clothes and sleeping needs enclosed in barrels. We met an old Polish yachtsman and he questioned us: “What do you carry in the barrels?“, he said in the Polish language. But in Czech it sounded like “what do you smuggle in the barrels?” My wife is able to tolerate a lot, but this time she said, “No more barrels for us!” So I started to think-about how to make a very lightweight, stable, easily transportable and low-cost small cabin cruiser for two … for our summer trips all over the Europe. (more…)

Seaclipper 10 Trimaran in Pennsylvania

See photo below

Sailor Jerry Culik shares about his Seaclipper 10 trimaran in this post. What is great about his story is that he only had to finish the boat. Most of the heavy construction had been done by another boat builder who decided to sell the Seaclipper.

I don’t know how many of those kinds of deals are around, but I do know I love to see them when they’re available. Kudos to Jerry for hopping on this one and making a go of it. Now he has a little tri to enjoy … for years to come if he so desires.

Click on images below to enlarge. Thanks for sharing this one with us Jerry! (more…)

More on the Meermark M17 Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe

Today we feature some info from Thomas Meer, the entrepreneur behind the Meermark M17 Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe. He shares the below with us, including the following pictures.

We wish him and his business every success in this venture to introduce many individuals to the fun and adventure of sailing double outrigger canoes.

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