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One Family’s Canadian Tremolino Trimaran

Dick Newick’s venerable Tremolino Trimaran is still a much sought-after design. Not only is it a truly classic model, in terms of its place in the history of trailerable trimarans, but few “modern” boats its size can match its performance.

This post comes to us from Shelley Coulson, who writes on behalf of herself and her husband Jerry. Jerry and Shelley have been a true boating/sailing couple for years. And the wonderful times they’ve enjoyed out on the water with family and friends aboard their Tremolino is a big part of what makes small tris so much fun!

Shelley and Jerry are now offering to sell their beloved Tremolino. But she is hoping just the right sailor is going to acquire the boat, so the new owner can embark on as many daysailing/camping adventures as her and Jerry have shared since it was first built.

(Thanks for sharing the story behind your boat with us Shelley & Jerry)!

Our Tremolino Trimaran in Ontario, Canada
by shelleycoulson@sympatico.ca

We first built a small kayak, way back in the 60″s. Just married and couldn’t afford much else.

We were stuck out in the lake, just passing time, and watching little sailboats, in Georgian Bay, go flying by. My husband wondered about sailing, and actually used an oar and a sheet one day just to watch and see what would happen. Well, we sailed! So the next step was to find a dinghy we could afford.

We bought an old 1898 Acroyd dinghy, and fixed the leaky boat up, and enjoyed it for several summers. Well, we kept getting old boats, but bigger ones. As our family grew, and we had a bit more income, we decided to build a sailboat.

We chose a plan from John Letcher of Maine, and built our first Aleutka. It was a twin keeled fiberglass, sailboat which took us about three years to complete.

My husband sailed this boat with our family, and as often as we were out on the lake, would see the odd multihull. They looked fast, and reminded him of the boats in the Polynesian islands, which of course, were the very first sailboats ever built.

He spent a long long time doing research on designs, and finally settled on a design and we built our first, which we named Patient Nancy. She was a 32-foot Trimaran, designed by Kurt Hughes.

Jerry, my husband, wanted to go in a flotilla, which was commemorating the landing of John Cabot in Newfoundland. About 30 boats were leaving from Toronto to go to Nfld. in 2000. So it took him 18 months to complete the boat and he and my son and his brother, left for this amazing trip.

They were able to sail most of the way, and the little boat, performed better than he ever dreamed. He had been on monohulls sailing to Portugal, and to the Azores, but the ride on the tri was so much more comfortable, and non-stressing on the body, as of course there is not the heeling you incur with the monohull.

We moved in 2007 to a very small village, in Northern Ontario, where we are now. We decided to downsize, as the lakes here are much much smaller than Lake Ontario, where we sailed our big tri.

Our love for the small trimaran began with sailing on Hobie cats, and Searunners … all leading up to our present boat. Jerry loved the designs of Dick Newick and especially the Mark 3 Tremolino and built this boat (Patient Nancy 2) over the course of two seasons.

Jerry & Shelley's Tremolino Trimaran

Jerry says the reason he built the Mark 3 Tremolino was because of the round bottom, and the faster speed of this newer design. It is epoxy and core cell foam … building out of foam is so much easier when there is a round bottom and not a chine, as in the plywood design.

It is fast and stable and we don’t have to have a crane come and haul it out. We can put it together ourselves in about an hour.

This Tremolino Sports New Calvert Sails

The boat has lovely Canadian Native graphics on the amas, and gets admiring looks from everyone, as we pass them (ha ha). We don’t race but enjoy going out with our club when they do have regattas.

We also have had some wonderful experiences on our little lake during these regattas. We are able to creep into small shallow coves, and picnic swim and anchor, or just pull the boat up on the shore, enjoying the turtles, ducks, loons, and cranes that are abundant in the Kawartha Lakes where we are.

Canadian Themed Art on their Tremolino Trimaran Amas

It is so much fun to have my granddaughters standing on the amas, or laying in the nets, pretending they are on a south sea adventure, pulling up to a beautiful little beach with nice sand and swimming and picnicking all day. Try to do that with a big deep hulled mono!

Our Tremolino does sail very fast, and we took a friends daughter out on a regatta race one day. She had a McGregor 25, and had never experienced the thrill of a fast sailboat. She was just screaming with joy as we passed all the boats, and when she got off the boat, said to her dad, “That’s it! I’m sailing with the Coulsons from now on!”

I love the fact that I can have a coffee and place my cup on the deck, and its there till I move it. My family has owned over 42 sailboats, many many of which my husband built, in his spare time.

Unfortunately my husband has developed severe sciatica, and shoulder pain and it is just too hard now to handle the tri, so we are rethinking our plans, and may just build a very small daysailer, which is easier to trailer and less strain on him (we would go to a junk rig too). We used to own Lorcha, which is a famous steel boat, that sailed around the world, (not us) and it was a junk rig and very easy to sail.

Jerry In the Roomy Cockpit of His Tremolino Tri

It will be very hard to sell her, but it’s just not feasable right now for Jerry to enjoy it. We will be sorry to see our Patient Nancy 2 go, and hope that someone with a love for the Tremmie will buy her and sail her for many years.

Note: If you’d like to inquire about Shelley and Jerry’s Tremolino, which is for sale, you may contact them at the following email address (simply substitute my character usage, which is used to prevent Internet spam bots from capturing the address, with the proper keyboard characterization for email): shelleycoulson AT sympatico DOT ca


  1. Here in Alhandra lays rotting the famous Olympus Photo, which I believe to be a Rogue Wave (or something very similar) also by Newick. Lovely lines, everything flows together from one end of the boat to the other and the tremolino looks like an exact scaled down model! I’m sure they’re both great performers, as almost all good looking boats are :)

    Congratulations to Jerry and his very lovely boat! I wish him many years of pleasant sailing to come…



  2. Hi Jerry,

    Your boat looks great, but don’t belongs to D. Newick’s Portofolio, although some ideas seems copyied from him. Please don’t call her a Tremolino.

  3. Hi Patrick,

    She does look a bit different than most other Tremolino trimarans. But she is definitely a Newick Tremolino :-)

    A couple additional things about this sailboat that I discovered after posting the article are the following:

    — The mast was taken from a “Flying Scot” dinghy and adapted to fit this boat. Jerry added a small aluminum extrusion section to it (which you can see if you look closely at the bottom of the mast) so its length is in proportion to what Dick Newick called for in the plans. Jerry said he still considers it to be on the “conservative” side, but he did that because he is very safety conscious. (Even with this being the case, the boat apparently flies past just about everything else on the water).

    — Instead of building the newer, updated wooden hulls called for in the plans, Jerry adopted Hobie 18 hulls for use with this boat. With his combined boatbuilding and sailing experience he got them to work just fine. Most builders will want to avoid doing things like that because changing one little thing often forces necessary adjustments at other parts of a design. But again, somebody with a lot of building/sailing experience can pull it off. And I think the fact this craft ended up being an “eye-catcher” in the end is pretty neat too.

  4. Just read Shelley and Jerry’s story. How wonderful these old salts have enjoyed life together sailing and sharing all these experiences.I am sure that anyone who puchases this boat buildt with love and knowledge will have many years of enjoyment as well.

  5. Very nice. I really like the artwork on the amas.

  6. I saw the round bottom main hull and Dick Newick new amas in your lovely boat. Will you so kind and advise me where can I get a set of construction plans, and what construction method or system has to be applyed.


  7. Hi Jorge … you can order Tremolino building plans from Dick Newick. Just go to his website at http://www.wingo.com/newick/ and use the contact information provided and he will be able to help you.

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