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Boating Fun at PTWatercraft

Russell Brown, the all-around waterman and boat designer at Port Townsend Watercraft, is still showing lots of people the techniques for building great boats. He has become a great teacher in this area via his ebooks.

Russell and his wife Ashlyn have also produced some very interesting videos of late that showcase the kits they sell, including a sailing nesting dinghy. Here is an example: (more…)

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…)

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.

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
(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…)

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…)

Moving a Small Trimaran / Pro Around in a Car Park

Our friend Algie Bennett sent the following to us this past week. It’s a hoot.

See if you agree :-)

Algie wrote:

I’ve not had much time to do anything to move my ISO dinghy project from being a proa to actually becoming a fully fledged trimaran due to horrendous work commitments but thought this might give your readers a laugh.

The boat is a bit awkward for me to move around by myself as the ramp at Lymington where we now sail from is very steep, so I decided to “repurpose and up-cycle” an old electric scooter courtesy of my old uncle Ron.

I removed the seat, added a simple little hitch, dropped the dolly on and scooted off: (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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Predator Trimaran Molds Available for FREE

predator-trimaran-molds-availableURGENT 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…)

Searunner 25 Trimaran Restoration Continues in Minnesota

searunner-25-trimaran-restoration-continues-7The restoration of the Searunner 25 trimaran in Minnesota continues. And see here also. I received the following detailed info and pics from sailor John Ebert, who is really going the extra mile to restore this classic tri.

If you’re someone who loves “technical information” then you’re going to love this post! It’s important to note, however, that what John shares below isn’t techie for “techies’ sake” … it’s very practical.

IMO, John’s info is going to give a lot of sailors some food for thought as they work on their boats. (more…)

Unique Foils Trimaran Almost Ready to Sail

foil-outriggers-trimaran-5Sailor Gary Baigent is almost finished building his unique, self-designed trimaran. This boat is going to use foils as its outriggers.

Gary is a very experienced waterman and builder, but this is certainly “out of the box.” I don’t know that I know many guys who would attempt anything like this.

We’re already looking forward to hearing about the sea trials for this one.

Gary wrote the following when he sent the below pics to me a few days ago. Click on the images to enlarge. (Thanks for keeping us updated on this boat Gary!) (more…)