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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…)

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…)

Mini-Hydroptere Foiling Trimaran

Sailor and self-boatbuilder Jim Gallant Jim Gallant is building another small trimaran. His first one was BEST GUESS – 20 foot plywood/fiberglass/epoxy tri based in Poulsbo, WA.

Jim informed me that he sold BEST GUESS and is now building another sailboat … a foiler based on a 1991 prototype of the famous Hydropter trimaran.

So far, Jim has chosen to use a hull from an old Solcat as the vaka for his boat and is using masts (cut down to fit his specs) for crossbeams. (more…)

Vantage 475T Trimaran Under Construction

vantage-475t-trimaran-4Sailor Algie Bennett is at it again. He is currently building another small trimaran.

He shows off some more of his serious boatbuilding skills too :-)

It’s no wonder, given all of his previous work with the CLC double outrigger kayak he built.

He is calling this model the Vantage 475T, although the name of this specific craft will be NEMESIS.

At the moment, you will see that only one ama is attached to the boat. Algie still took it out for a test sail though … hence the video below!

It’s is an open cockpit daysailer with plenty of room for a sailor to move around. It’ll have lots of buoyancy in the amas – to drive it hard and fast. And I’m guessing the whole package is going to be a rather light sailboat (compared to many others).

Be sure to visit the build page for this boat (link below) for more detailed pictures. (more…)

Seaclipper 10 Sail Trials in Norway

seaclipper-10-trimaran-in-norwayThe Seaclipper 10 is a fun little trimaran. We’ve featured it in previous posts, especially here here and here.

Below are a couple of videos featuring Seaclipper 10 sea trials from 2014 in central Norway.

Two of the more notable features of the SC10 are its cockpit seating coupled with robust, buoyant amas. Both serve to make the boat a comfortable platform upon which one can comfortably sail. Sailors with certain physical limitations are often attracted to the SC 10 because there is no need for hiking out. (more…)

Meet Meermark Double Outrigger Canoes

meermark-trimaran-double-outrigger-sailing-canoe-1Ever 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…)

SeaRail 19 Trimaran Now with On-the-Water Folding System

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…)

MacGregor Venture Hobie Trimaran Now Sailing

macgregor-venture-hobie-trimaran-sailing-2Today we have the best update yet from sailor Travis Haggard regarding his self-styled, self-named “MacGregor Venture Hobie Trimaran.” Why do I say BEST UPDATE yet? Because the boat is now SAILING of course!

As you may recall, this boat came about as an idea to create a trimaran by attaching Hobie 18 hulls (for outriggers) to a used Macgregor Venture 21 sailboat. We first featured it here. Then posted an update on his building project here. And then posted another update here.

This is a serious DIY project. And it’s not for the foolish … or faint of heart. (more…)

Paraws in the Philippines

paraw-sailing-adventureHere are a few of the many YouTube videos featuring Paraw outrigger sailing canoes. They are amazingly fast, in addition to being colorful.

I love the unique trampoline configuration. While the center hull itself is almost completely decked-over, the wide tramps allow for many passengers.

One thing I am not sure about are the steering control lines attached to the rudder. There are no tillers or push-pull sticks, just control lines. Is that comfortable on the hands? One of the videos below seems to show the control line being fed through a block. If anyone can find a video or illustration that offers some more details on the ways this control line is arranged then we’d appreciate links in the “comments” section below. (more…)

Zeta Trimaran Hits the Water

zeta-trimaran-first-sail-3 The first Zeta trimaran, a new design from Richard Woods, is now under sail. We first featured the Zeta here.

Here are some pics and a video of the first sail of the first boat. Looks pretty good, especially with light wind.

One obvious goal of the pictures is to emphasize the boat’s lightness in weight. That is surely a great feature, especially for guys that want to easily trailer (or cartop) a boat to a nearby body of water, go sailing for a couple of hours, and then pack the boat up for the trip back home. (more…)

Sardine Run 19 Trimaran Sailing in France

sardine-run-19-trimaran-under-sailHere 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…)

Ultralight 20 Trimaran for Sale in Canada

ultralight-trimaran-max-5The Ultralight 20 trimaran, designed and built by Warren Light Craft, is a high-tech, amazing sailing machine. Seriously.

Canadian sailor, Max B., currently has his UL20 up for sale. He has really enjoyed sailing it.

Max shares a few words about the boat here (below). He also provided us with some pics and also gave us permission to share the video he had posted on Facebook featuring his sailboat. If anyone is interested in contacting Max for possible purchase of his boat can reach him at: (more…)

Skin-on-Frame Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe – Perahu Katir

perahu-katir-sailing-canoeHere is a skin-on-frame double outrigger sailing canoe currently in sea trials right now. The designer/builder is SOF expert Dave Gentry, who features the following info on his “What’s New” page at his website.

This sailing canoe is an attempt to create an extremely lightweight, yet seaworthy, outrigger in SOF. It’s modeled after a boat called “Perahu Katir,” which is a type of Jukung from Northeast Java. (more…)

F-Boats in the R2AK

r2aktriFrom what I can tell, it appears a couple Farrier-designed boats have fared well in the R2AK Race.

Team “Mail Order Bride”, sailing a F85SR – Farrier “Super Racer” trimaran – have finished.

And it appears Team “Un-Cruise Adventures,” who are sailing a F-25c trimaran, are also approaching Ketchikan harbor.

The 1st place finisher was still a multihull … a large 32-foot beach catamaran sailed by Team “MAD Dog Racing”. (more…)

Small Trimaran Entries in R2AK 2016

small-tri-r2akLots. And lots. Of small tris. (In the R2AK).

Pretty neat.

I’ve listed them below. Did I miss any? I hope not.

You can read about them (and see a pic or two of each one) on the “Race Participants” webapge here: https://r2ak.com/full-race-participants2016/

You may also want to check out one of the “pre-race” YouTube vids, which I’ve also posted below. (more…)

First Strike 20 Trimaran Now Sailing

strike-20-trimaran-sailingI just received the following Strike 20 Trimaran info from Richard Woods. He has been selling plans for this sailboat for awhile but this is the first one sailing (video below).

By the way, Richard says he is offering the following special deal for smalltrimarans.com readers. He writes, “Plans normally cost GBP250, but if people say they saw them on your site I’ll sell them for GBP200 (USD300)”

Isn’t that cool? (Thanks Richard … we appreciate that very much :-) (more…)

CLC Sport Tandem with Double Outriggers (New Update)

more-modified-clc-tandem-kayak-trimaranHere is an update on the CLC Sport tandem double outrigger kayak featured last summer. Sailor Algie Bennett continues to refine and tweak this boat.

He writes:

A quick update for you – a new video of my Sport Tandem kayak/trimaran – kaymaran. I’ve moved the mast and leeboard back 18 inches and got a furling line on the jib which have transformed it.

The improvement is massive: turning quicker and lighter and tacking is nice and predictable. It is now situated just in front of the front cockpit giving more bow volume up front and feels great. (more…)

Hikurangi Sailing Canoe Up Closer

ulua-double-outrigger-sailing-canoe-close-up-5Here is an even closer look at the ulua double outrigger sailing canoe named HIKURANGI. Our previous post about this boat is here.

Sailor Frank Gorden shares a few more pics along with links to a few short videos of the boat under sail. He also clarifies the meaning of his boat’s name.

Frank writes:

“Been out sailing and hardly had any time for any thing else. Just come back from a 24 km trip down the coast from Te kouma to Manaia. The waka is running well in the ocean. Here are some more pics (click on images to enlarge): (more…)

Ulua Double Outrigger Canoe Sailing in NZ

ulua-double-outrigger-canoe-sialing-in-coromandel-3Sailor Frank Gorden has built a beautiful double outrigger cailing canoe in NZ. An Ulua design, by Gary Dierkding, to be more specific.

Frank named the boat “Hikurangi.” According to Wiki, “Hikurangi is a settlement in Northland, New Zealand.”

Very cool.

He shares a few pics with us below and also links to a couple pages on flickr, which showcases a couple nice videos of the boat under sail. These vids show the boat sailig in Coromandel Harbour. (more…)

Easy Reefing Sail on a Small Multihull

ulua-easy-reef-sailCheck out this video posted by Gary Dierking featuring a single outrigger Ulua sailing canoe. The emphasis here is on the sail itself.

Whenever I see something like this I always think about what Gary D. says about trying to “get the biggest bang for the buck.”

In this case, it would be more like trying to “get the most performance from an economically created sail that is also one of the easiest to reef.”

Watch the short video clip and see for yourself. (more…)

Jim Brown on Arthur Piver’s Frolic & Nugget Trimarans – Part 2

arthur-piver-designed-jim-brown-built-nugget-trimaran-1This is part 2 of my interview with sailor / boat designer (and long-time multihuller) Jim Brown. This segment focuses on the Piver Nugget trimaran.

I’ve also posted a very short video clip of Jim (as a young man) sailing his old Nugget, which comes from one chapter of Jim’s video commentary of “Among the Mutihulls”.

Jim was “there” during the emergence of modern multihulls in the 20th century. His own Nugget trimaran was a sailing machine too … his description of it in the longer video is pretty neat. (more…)

Using Camtasia to Promote Marine-Related Products & Services

small-trimarans-marketing-with-camtasiaVideo marketing has been around for years now. But a lot of my friends in the marine industry aren’t using videos enough (or at all) to help spread the word about their products and services.

Camtasia is both a video editor and screen-capture software that can help. It can be used to quickly edit … and even create (via screen capturing) the types of videos that work well nowadays to communicate with potential customers. (more…)

Further Development of the Endorphin Trimaran

endorphin-trimaran-modificationSailor / self-boatbuilder Russell Maxwell emailed me a couple weeks ago with an update about his Endorphin Trimaran. He modified the boat in a very interesting way and shares the results with us here.

Also included is a new video of the boat. See below.

It’s summertime in NZ at the time of this writing. I’d love to be there right now. (Thanks for the update Russel!)

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