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The Tribaby 17 Trimaran

One of our readers (Alex S.) sent me the link to a 17-foot trimaran I’ve never seen before. It’s from boat designer Matt Cooper, who calls it the Tribaby 17.

After corresponding with Matt a bit via email he gave permission to post some info and and a couple pics from his website.

Building plans for this boat are available. You can readily contact him for more information. (more…)

Ian Farrier Passes Away

I found out yesterday that multihull designer Ian Farrier recently passed away. His innovative designs and business acumen were well respected.

Thanks to Small Tri friend Thom Davis for sharing the below article from Sailingscuttlebutt.com with us.

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Eight Bells: Ian Farrier

Ian Farrier, a visionary multihull designer best known for his folding trailerable trimarans, died at age 70 on December 10, 2017. (more…)

New 10 Foot Trimaran for 2018

Sailor Aurelio P. recently shared some pictures of his newest trimaran for the small tri class he has worked to develop. It’s a new 10-foot trimaran for next 2018 season.

When completed, it will feature a mainsail and jib and furling gennaker. I’ve pulled 3 pics from his site (see below). But you can see all of them by visiting http://www.diecipiedi.it/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=654&whichpage=6

I really love the look of the netting material for the trampolines too. I asked Aurelio where he got it. (more…)

CM-25 Trimaran – Free Plan Offer

Multihull designer Petr Podobsky is the proprietor of Czech Multihulls. He reached out to me via email a few days ago.

Petr has designed a 25 foot trimaran and is offering free building plans to someone who is wants to build their a Farrier type of folding trimaran with free support from him.

He’d obviously like to showcase a fully-built boat for proof-of-concept and advertising purposes. And his offer for free plans plus consultation may be a good match for just the right person(s).

You can read more about the CM-25 trimaran here. And you can read more about Petr’s offer for free plans and builder support here. (more…)

New Article by Jim Brown on the Hybrid Wing Sail

The December 2017 / January 2018 issue of Professional Boatbuilder magazine just published an article by Jim Brown on the new Hybrid Wing Sail. It’s now available in bookstores and online.

The magazine published most of what Jim wrote, but had to cut it down a bit for publishing purposes. Jim is making his original version available to us in raw document form as a PDF download. Click here if you’re interested in reading it.

Searunner 25 Sailing Around the Gulf of Mexico This Winter

Sailor John Ebert and his Searunner 25 trimaran are in Florida for a few months this winter. So neat!

He is currently living aboard and daysailing (with his cat along no less too), and just messing about the Gulf near Panama City. He has also been having some fun exploring nearby shoalwaters and bayous.

Oh, and be sure to check out the pics of John’s outboard motor controller he has from the cockpit.

He has put sooooooooo much work into this boat during the restoration process. I told him he just may have the most “souped-up” Searunner 25 in the world! (more…)

First Sail on a SeaRail 19 Trimaran

Sailor Thom Davis shares the video he made during the first sail of his newly acquired SeaRail 19 trimaran. He also created his own video showing how the folding system works on the water.

The sailing video’s opening theme song will also likely bring a smile to your face (if you’re of a certain age, that is :-)

Thanks for sharing these vids with us Thom!

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First SeaRail Sail
by Thom David

A while ago you did a writeup on the SeaRail 19 project. Thought you might like an update on the boat. It now is, of course, a folding trailerable trimaran… (more…)

New Philippine Paraw Boatbuilding Plan

Paraw designer / sailor Lorenzo Acompañado II just sent me the following text via email:

Just to let you know that I have a new set of boat plan available for a 20ft Trimaran. I sold a couple of plans in France last month and hoping to those sailing next year, including the one I am currently building.
Best Regards,
Lorenzo II
Davao, Philippines
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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…)