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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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)