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.
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…)
I think the title “Masoala” indicates that the camp-cruise of these trimarans took place at the Masoala National Park in Madagascar.
Great videos here. Just pure fun.
Sailing and swimming and fishing and eating and enjoying life … with a couple small trimarans. (more…)
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!
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…)
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…)
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.
(And thanks Peter, for sharing this write-up with us :-) (more…)
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…)
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.
“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…)
Sailor Hien Ngo sent me an old magazine picture featuring a Yamaha Waterspyder windsurfer trimaran. This production windsurfer was once sold for a short while, decades ago. We’d love for someone who actually had one to tells a bit about how it performed.
We posted about one a few years ago here.
Anyhoo, here is the pic … (more…)
If what I’ve read in forums is correct, the Ostac is a later version of the Ian Farrier designed Haines Hunter Tramp. Sailor Wayne Holt is restoring one (see pics and info below).
Thanks to Wayne for sharing the following with us. (more…)
This past week, I heard from George Yioulos, the President of West Coast Sailing. He sent me the following info and pics as they relate to the Triak.
George mentioned possible Triak upgrades and said he is excited to offer the current version of this paddle / sailing design to customers. His email is a nice follow up to last week’s post.
(We wish all Triakers everywhere every success!) Be sure to click through on the links to find out even more.
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.
— Joe (more…)
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…)
Meermark developer Thomas von Meer sent me the following specs and other info recently. This M17 update is a good follow-up to the previous post. (more…)
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.
The below links to an article at WindCheck Magazine. It’s a short summary of several commercially produced small trimarans offered in today’s marketplace.
It’s an introductory article, primarily geared towards complete small tri novices, but still worthwhile to post for anyone just getting interested in trying to find out more information about these craft. (more…)
The below info comes from a Craigslist ad featuring a double outrigger SeaPearl sailboat (the trimaran version) for sale. This particular boat, by the way, is currently in Wisconsin.
I touched based with the owner and got his permission to re-post the info about his SeaPearl here.
It turns out he has been sailing multihulls since the late 60’s. Just a couple years out of high school, he purchased one of those (now classic) Malibu Outrigger boats (which was a single outrigger) and rebuilt the akas while also duplicating the ama so he could sail the boat as a trimaran. (more…)
URGENT Predator Trimaran News …
I interviewed developer Paul Dawson about the Predator trimaran concept in my 2nd book. Loved the concept and features of his approach for offering sailors a commercially-produced and affordable trailerable tri.
The very limited market for these boats in his area, however, has made it a tough place for the venture to be commercially successful. Paul has the molds for these boats stored in a boatyard that now wants them off their property. This could be a great opportunity for someone with the means to acquire these molds and set up their own small trimaran business very quickly … provided they like the concept of the Predator trimaran(s). (more…)
I received the following piece today from Dean Sandberg, President of Windrider. This write-up, with analysis, should be given to Erwin Jansen of European Hydrosail. Erwin is the primary Windrider dealer in Europe. (more…)
Ever heard of the Meermark double outrigger sailing canoes? No? That’s okay.
I only recently found out about them … thanks to small tri friend Tony Watermann (Thanks Tony).
As Tony noted, they appear to be somewhat similar to, but perhaps less costly, than Windrider 17s and others. I tried to contact Meermark’s manufacturers directly, at least twice, and get some more info from them. They never responded to my questions.
Not a problem though … little ole’ me just wanted to clarify some things :-) (more…)
The following press release came to me this week from Windrider. I thought I’d post it in full for smalltrimarans readers in case anyone missed it. (more…)
Sailor Jen Iott has a Farrier trimaran she wants to sell. According to her description, this boat is a beauty and the new owner is going to get it for a terrific price (in my opinion).
Lots of upgrades on it!
This Farrier is located in Maine, where Jen operates Aurora Sails and Canvas. She is a very experienced sailor and marine industry professional … a great person to handle serious inquiries about this small cruising trimaran. (more…)
Just received this bit of news from the folks who sell the SeaRail 19 trimaran. It now comes with an “On-the-Water” Folding System. It comes from this page on the SeaRail website, which states:
The SR-19’s new folding system is widely based on the f-boat system and is engineered using triangulation methods, allowing for the use of much lighter material while increasing its overall strength. This new folding system will only add 8 pounds to the SeaRail’s overall sailing weight – bringing that weight to just over 700 pounds (fully laden). To prevent drag which has plagued similar systems, the new SR-19 system is mounted above the hull chine, well away from the flow line. (more…)
Aqueous Solution is a tandem, double outrigger kayak. To be more specific, it’s a 20-foot long Little Wing Tandem Sail from Warren Light Craft.
It’s now for sale by it’s owner, Jackie V. who enjoyed sailing it on lovely Lake Champlain – situated between Canada, Vermont and New York.
This kayak is described by Jackie below. She also shares a great day’s sailing experience with this particular craft. (more…)
Challenger trimarans are based in the UK. I wish they were on this side of the Atlantic too. (I’ve wanted to sail one ever since learning the story of how they came about a number of years back).
I’ve done a bit of corresponding with sailor Dawn Smith over the past couple weeks. She is highly skilled sailor who badly injured her back while navigating her cruising vessel in a huge storm in 2013. Dawn has been researching the best way for her to get back onto the water for awhile.
Especially what sort of boat to sail. (more…)
Here is a video update for the Sardine Run 19 trimaran. It comes to us from Allel Behidj of the Sardine Run boatyard in France.
We first featured this boat prior to the first one being built. And the Sardine 19 concept is now reality.
This sailboat, made with modern composite materials, looks terrific … especially with those inverted bows. (more…)