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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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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)…
(Click on the images to enlarge them a bit) (more…)