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Trimaran enthusiast, sailor and home-boatbuilder Kenny Barrow is going to be the beta-builder for the new DC-3 Trimaran. And he has just set up a new website at www.DC3sailboat.com in order to document the building process.

Kenny is going to build the boat in his backyard under a temporary plastic tent. This is an ideal solution for a homeboatbuilder that needs more room than a garage would normally offer. And it should work just fine for Kenny because he lives in North Carolina and he’ll be able to work with epoxy except for the coldest of the coldest portion of the winter months.

He seems confident that he’ll be able to construct the boat without needing any special tools … just common ones that are probably already in every handyman’s toolbox.

With this in mind, I asked Kenny if he could share just a little about his sailing and boatbuilding background. And he sent me the information below.

Contact info will also be available at www.DC3sailboat.com. ( Thanks for sharing this info with us Kenny :-)


On Building the DC-3 Trimaran
by Kenny Barrow

In the late eighties I worked at a boat repair shop. The owner of the marina introduced me to sailing by inviting me to crew on his racing sailboat. For many years racing was the only thing I knew about sailing. The last boat I raced was an Olson 30 which carried me into the top five competitors here in eastern NC. One day a friend took me for a sail in his Catalina 22. Once I set the sails, I got into my usual racing sail trimming mode … he asked me what I was doing. I told him I was trimming the sails and he responded by telling me to relax and tossed me a beer. This opened up a whole new world of sailing for me.

Since then I have sailed 40′ commercial Cats, 35′ cruising boats, Hunter 240’s and am currently converting my Greenland Kayak into a Trimaran. Boats I have built include stitch and glue boats, kayaks and the traditional skin and frame kayak as well. Of course, I am familiar with composite construction from working at the marina, but I have also worked with Carbon fiber while working with experimental aircraft.

Still feeling the need for speed, the Marples DC-3 is a faster boat than the typical monohull. It’s duel cabin makes for a more private stateroom when taking friends along. The central cockpit makes for a smoother ride in rough seas. Year round dockage is not required because it’s trailerable. It’s swing wing allows more dockage opportunities, easy tailoring and transportation in standard shipping containers. This makes it suitable for lakes, rivers and ocean expeditions as well. The construction is quick, simple and makes for a strong light hull.

The typical boat frame has to be built all at once using level and true temporary bulkheads, but the DC-3 can be built in sections and assembled like a puzzle. This method makes it possible to do most of the construction in a smaller area and the assembly can be done in a backyard and covered with a tarp when not being worked on. After the hull is assembled and painted it can be set on a trailer while the deck and rigging is completed. When your done it’s ready to haul to the nearest boat ramp. It also doesn’t hurt that it has won an international design competition.

This boat will be an example to others who have always had the desire to build and own a lake sail boat with ocean going capabilities. The construction will be documented on DC3sailboat.com with text, pictures and video. A builders manual will be assembled with checklist tips and support information for those willing to build such a versatile boat.

After completion, I plan on using it as a technology test bed while making expeditions at locations throughout the world. Plans are to take the DC-3 on expeditions and demonstrate to others just how capable and versatile this boat can be. The expeditions will also be recorded on the DC3sailboat.com website. After others have assembled their DC-3’s, I may even form a DC-3 One Design Racing Association.

Click here to visit the new DC3sailboat website and get updates about the development of this boat.