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
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
Italian sailing friend Aurelio P. just sent me this pic of a new 10-foot carbon fiber trimaran. It fits the new boat class he has been promoting these past few years.
He said it’s a full carbon 10 ft tri, by Mario Falci, with new additional sail — a furling gennaker. It weighs just 40 kg. (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…)
Sailor Bill Lovelock shares more Paraw sailing videos with us that he recently uploaded to YouTube. Bill first shared some great Paraw info with us in a previous post here.
Thanks for the links to these videos Bill :-) (more…)
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…)
I just saw something that caught my eye on Duckworks. A product called the Scullmatix.
Based upon a couple recent posts about “sculling a small multihull” I thought it may be of interest to some of our readers. (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
Sailor 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…)
The 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…)
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…)
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…)
Today 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…)
Here 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…)
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…)
Sailor Christofer Olsson has done it again. A new self-built sporty small trimaran design.
His Chryz 10 turned out to be pretty neat. But now he has put a new boat on the water he calls the “Chryz Outlaw trimaran.”
Info from Chris and a couple videos below.
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…)
The 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…)
Here 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…)
From 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…)