Sailor Nicholas Apollonio was inspired by the unique “segel kajak” (a.k.a. “sailing kayak” in German) that he read about on smalltrimarans. And so, like any great DIYer … he designed and built his own boat.
Nicholas has named his new craft VOLTAIR. It has turned out to be just as unique-looking as SegalKajak! Perhaps even more so. (more…)
Multihull designer Bernd Kohler shares his method of building rudders and foils in this short article. The post about his first ever small trimaran design has generated a lot of interest and I am very glad to be able to spotlight one of his time-saving building techniques here.
Please keep in mind, as you read, that English isn’t his first language. I did very little editing of the words below; I think he does a pretty good job at communicating the concept and instructions. I hope lots of folks are able to glean from it and, hopefully, at some point, save a whole bunch of time when making pieces like this. (more…)
After thinking Loooong and Hard about it, I’ve decided to sell my Seaclipper 16 trimaran. Lots of mixed feelings about this though. It’s a super fun, comfortable boat … and a great daysailer! There is a whole bunch of time and more than a few $$$ invested in it. (more…)
My recent post about the possibility of a skin-on-frame trimaran resulted a really neat email exchange. Multihull sailor William Genevro sent me a picture of an ad he had from the March 1936 edition of Popular Aviation magazine. (Thanks William!) (more…)
Multihull designer Bernd Kohler contacted me last week and let me know about his newest design – “Little Tri.” Bernd initially designed and built this boat as a daysailer for he and his wife. (He explains in the story below). But then many people started asking him if he could make plans available so they could build this boat too.
It appears to be a fast, light boat. And may be of particular interest to anyone who’d like to build a small tri on a budget. (more…)
I’ve become fascinated by the “skin-on-frame” building approach lately. I’ve found one (very unimpressive) skin on frame trimaran on the web. Although I have found a few single outrigger sailing canoes built in skin on frame.
Check out the following (very impressive) “Great Outrigger Sailing Canoe,” which is found on this webpage… (more…)
When reading about small boats, I often find myself at Michael Storer’s website. It’s always fun and always informative (even though the formatting on it needs to be fixed!)
Here is a great article by Michael on outriggers, which includes double outriggers for trimarans. He has got a few nice pics too, including the ones I’ve linked to on this page. (more…)
Chris Ostlind is currently building a new small trimaran that sports a main center hull taken from a beach cat. It looks great. Below is an actually picture of the boat now, as it’s being built and also a “mock-up” photo of what Chris envisions it will look like on the beach when it’s finally finished (and repainted).
Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them for better viewing. Oh, by the way, I’d love to see what guys are building now; contact me about your building projects for posting here so we can see what’s happening out there in small tri land :-) (more…)
Sailor and DIY enthusiast Greg Petroski took a used canoe and old Hobie 16 beach cat and converted them into a trimaran. He shares the following info, pics and short video with us below.
Thanks for sharing your project with us here Greg! I am looking forward to seeing this boat again in the near future. (more…)
Trailering boats. For most of us boat guys it’s a ho-hum topic. When discussing it with someone like multihull designer John Marples, however, it suddenly becomes very interesting.
Here is sailor Walter Monici once again, now featuring an expanded version of his 10-foot TRIX Trimaran model. This one is designed to be 12-foot LOA.
Walter sent me the images of the working model (below) along with an explanation of his intentions for this new boat. Basically, he is intending this small tri to be used primarily in rivers with paddles and oars. (more…)
Trimaran builder / sailor Jim Gallant has tweaked his trimaran (named “Best Guess”) once again. He has created an excellent resource detailing the work on this boat at his webpage.
Overall, Jim said he is pleased with the results, although he does miss one feature in particular. He writes, “[Regarding the boat’s] performance, it’s different. In most ways better but some ways not. We had it planing before last winter’s changes. It was lighter and I think the flat transom allowed it to ‘break loose’ in high winds like a high wind windsurfer does. I have seen plenty of bottom paint above the water surface in high winds this summer, but I don’t think it’s sat fully on top of the water as it had before. (more…)
Windrider has just Signed a deal with Astus Boats to sell their trimarans in the United States. The online version of the marine industry magazine, “Trade Only Today,” posted this news a few days ago (on August 27th).
That’s pretty neat. I’ve periodically wondered when (if) somebody would become an Astus dealer here in the US. The Astus trimarans are featured in the book, “More Small Trimarans.” You can also find out more about them at the website of one of their European dealers here. (more…)
Just over a week ago, I placed a pretty sizable order for boating hardware at Duckworks. Their prices are very good and I’ve purchased stuff from Duckworks several times in the past.
The proprietor, Chuck Leinweber, promptly mailed out my package and a few days later it came in the mail. Somehow, the USPS had managed to tear a big, gaping hole at the top of the package, allowing half of its contents to spill out during transit (including blocks, pad eyes, shackles, etc). (more…)
Richard Woods just sent me the following info (and YouTube link) featuring the new Tryst trimaran. The video shows this first one, which Richard built himself, under sail.
By the way, if you live nearby, be sure to meet Richard at the upcoming Sail Oklahoma or the Port Arkansas plyWooden Boat Festival. (more…)
I interviewed Frank Smoot from www.diy-tris.com this morning about the new Slingshot 16 trimaran. We talked about how this particular model came into being, a few of its main features and how it performs under sail.
This audio interview is in mp3 format. (more…)
Just received the following news from Duckworks’ proprietor Chuck Leinweber. Multihull designer Richard Woods is going to be conducting sailing classes at the upcoming Sail Oklahoma and the Port Arkansas plyWooden Boat Festival.
We are very glad to help spread the word about these events (and this opportunity in particular). Pure fun!
The below is excerpted from the full info page found here at Duckworks… (more…)
SmallTrimarans reader Chris Ross recently sent me the link to a trimaran model named “Road Rash.” This model appears to still be in the design-concept stage, as there are no pics of an actual boat that has been built yet.
The Road Rash is designed to be 7.5 meters (a little over 24 1/2 feet) in length and constructed mostly from 6mm plywood. The info page says the crossbeams would be foldable for trailering purposes. (more…)
On July 8th, Duckworks owner Chuck Leinweber let me know Frank Smoot (from diy-tris.com) had just released building plans for a new small trimaran. Frank calls this new boat the “Slingshot 16.”
If you’re a regular reader of this site, then you’ll already know we’ve previously featured Frank’s boats in posts such as this one. Frank has learned a lot about small tris in a really short period of time. He is a really fast boatbuilder too! (more…)
The owner of Expandacraft, Wesley Stevenson, discovered one popular use of his product is for the building of trimarans. More specifically, many Expandacraft users set up the floats to create their own double outrigger canoe.
This has eventually led Wesley to the development of 2 versions of a double outrigger canoe that will be sold by the company. The first is a 12-foot version and the other is a 16-footer. Wesley calls them “The Patriot” series and both will utilize the Expandacraft concept for those customers who’d rather buy a trimaran sailing canoe that is ready-to-go. (more…)
Multihull designer Graeme Delaveau sent me these photos of a Nicky Cruz 25 trimaran a couple weeks ago. It was built by one of his clients in New Zealand.
The report is that this boat’s light and strong wind performance make it a real pleasure to sail. And Graeme says it has even carried a full sail in 25 knots of wind. (more…)
If who’ve read either volume one or volume two of Jim Brown’s memoir, “Among the Multihulls,” then you shouldn’t miss the Afterword he has just published at OutRigMedia. It’s in two parts.
Part 1 can be found here … and Part 2 can be found here.
This post is a follow up story from the previous one about Patrick McGrath’s Buccaneer 24 trimaran. Once again, he shares a great story with us. But what is most interesting to me is the know-how to perform the modification of the boat that is discussed here.
It’s great stuff. There is always something to learn when it comes to boats. So while reading this is fun it reflects practical knowledge that can only come through experience on the water. Thanks again for sharing this with us Patrick! (more…)
Here we feature the reprint about a Buccaneer 24 trimaran from an article first published in 1971. It was written by Patrick McGrath, whose previously written article about this classic sailboat design by Lock Crowther can be found here.
Patrick has been giving this article to those who buy the building plans for this boat from him for years (as he is now the designated seller of them). As a personal friend of Lock’s, along with having extensive experience both building and sailing this boat, there is probably nobody better qualified to talk about the Buc 24. (more…)
Multihull designer Richard Woods sent me the following info a couple weeks ago about Tryst – a new 10-foot trimaran design. This new 10-foot dinghy tri is based on his original plans for a 10ft two sheet plywood dinghy called Duo. In other words, Tryst is a further development of Duo, and both versions of this small boat look pretty neat.
Richard tells all about it in the below, most of which has been copied from the Tryst information page at his website. With his permission, I’ve included a few of his photos at his website. There are also links to his webpage for the Duo dinghy. (more…)
Windrider trimaran sailor Dirk Uys participated in this year’s Texas 200. He shares the following thoughts regarding the (now completed) 2014 event. They include this year’s personal goals and a look forward to next year.
After reading Dirk’s piece I can’t help but remember Jim Brown once saying to me, “Staying home is always easier than pursing an adventure. But if you stay home then you’ll never have the adventure.” (more…)
Oystercatcher may be a familiar trimaran to many of our readers. It used to be called Trinado and its picture is featured on the cover of the book Small Trimarans.
The current owner of this boat, Dan Capwell, renamed Oystercatcher after purchasing and bringing it to Maine. He has enjoyed some spectacular coastal sailing over the past few years as a result. Dan is now selling this tri, however, and has created a WordPress site for prospective buyers so they can see lots of pictures, info and obtain contact info for Dan for inquiries. (more…)
In this post we hear from sailor and Little Wing trimaran kayak owner Andy Retzloff. He has a wonderful little craft and is selling it at a greatly reduced price due to health issues.
Andy has really enjoyed sailing the Little Wing and shares a little about his personal background and experience with this boat, which was designed and built by Ted and Zac Warren from Warren Light Craft. (more…)
Jim Brown has written a short report (in pdf) for anyone who is unfamiliar with multihulls. Jim covers trimarans, catamaran and proas, as well as common jargon such as the terms “outrigger” etc.
He originally wrote this explanation for the members of a video production company in Virgina who are thinking about creating a documentary based upon the extensive collection of video materials of multihull related information Jim has amassed over the years. Whether that documentary is ever produced, or not, this pdf serves as a good introduction to the topic for the those yet uninitiated into the world of multihulls. (more…)
Here we get to finally see the results of trimaran sailor Hans Schipper’s efforts to construct a new trimaran from old parts. He has named this new boat the Triple A Trimaran … and it looks like fun, especially for single-handed sailing.
Hans sent 3 photos, along with a couple of short YouTube videos. I am looking forward to hearing what others might say about this design. (more…)
Once again we hear from small tri sailor Jim Gallant about his self-designed, self-built trimaran named BEST GUESS. He has made some very interesting updates on the boat.
Jim has taken time to provide us with some great images of his unique solutions to common needs found in self-built sailboats. His experience really shines here because the boat both looks terrific and is extremely functional. (Especially check out the great pics of the access areas to see what I mean … be sure to click on images to enlarge them). (more…)
I was perusing Gary Dierking’s website a couple weeks ago (always a fun thing to do) and saw this post about drawings of trimarans in Micronesia. The main caption reads, “299 drawings by Aldo Cherini of canoes and ships of Indonesia.”
I think they’re wonderful drawings … imaginative and inspiring. (more…)
Richard Woods received the following report from Patrick, a French Strike 15 builder/sailor. Patrick also sent the following photos to Richard. Congrats Patrick, you’ve got a great trimaran there.
(Click on the images below to enlarge them.) (more…)
Our friend Stefano alerted me to the following videos, which feature the trimaran found in 2 previous posts … (more…)
We first read about the ONYX 16 trimaran here. It’s great to hear back from sailor Andreas Kaltsas here, who contacted me last week in order to let me know that he finished building (and is now sailing) his self-designed, self-built sailboat.
Andreas shares 2 short videos in this post, along with some info from his building blog, which features all of the info that he has published about the building of this unique craft. (more…)
During our family vacation in Sarasota last week, my daughter asked if she and I could go kayaking the day before flying home. How could I refuse? :-) (more…)
Chesapeake Light Craft will soon be offering a building kit for the Trika Trimaran. The kit is designed to help those who want to build their small boat themselves do so in a timely and economical way.
Their kit will come with pre-cut pieces of plywood. But all building plans (and building support) will come from the designer, Klaus Metz. (more…)
Sailor Carlos Solanilla has been enjoying his Strike 16 trimaran in Florida waters. This boat is one of the Strike trimaran models designed by Richard Woods. Carlos has previously shared info and pictures on the building of his boat here and here. (more…)
Even though this post isn’t small tri related, Russell Brown’s wife Ashlyn (of ptwatercraft.com) asked if we’d like to help her and Russell help out the family of Dick Newick, the great multihull pioneer, who passed several months ago. Our part is to help spread word about a special sale for posters that belonged to Dick … and any sales will benefit his widow. (more…)
Sailor Karl Williams shared about his Outrigger 26 trimaran in a previous post. But he also shared a trimaran-related story with me that I didn’t include in that write up. I thought you’d enjoy this story separately. (more…)
Ian McGehee recently sent an to to me that he found on Craigslist advertising a “Yamaha Waterspyder.” The Waterspyder is a windsurfer trimaran.
I emailed the owner / seller, Ken C., and asked him for permission to post about it using the information in his ad. Ken kindly said, “Yes.” (Ken’s original post on Craigslist has since expired, and we invite him to post his contact info below in the comments area so that anyone interested in this craft can contact him directly). (more…)
The Wa’apa is an outrigger sailing canoe designed by Gary Dierking. It can be set up as either a single outrigger proa or double outrigger trimaran.
Every time I see pictures or video clips of Gary’s boats, the words “elegant simplicity” come to mind. Just take a look at how Jon Berger, the builder / sailor of the boats featured in the YouTube videos below, built his boats. (more…)
Sailor Ernie Maude had a big question about his trimaran. In this post, he shares the story and pictures (and short video) about his self-built tri WILL IT WON’T IT. It’s a good ole’ DIY yarn too.
As you’ll see, Ernie pushed past small issues (such as the front end of his boat breaking off). And he is always thinking about how to improve the boat. He plans a few more changes this year in order to squeeze out as much performance as he can from this small tri. (more…)
Sailor Karl Williams provides some great info and photos about his (Dick Newick designed) Outrigger 26 trimaran in this post. The Outrigger 26 model was originally called the Somersault 26 (probably not the best name for a multihull). But other sailors of this model have affirmed it’s very Newick-esque in both appearance and performance. (more…)
Jim Brown has just published an essay entitled, “Building for Longevity.” You can download it here (in pdf format).
Lots of sage advice and wisdom here. As you read Jim’s essay, it’s apparent that his zeal and enthusiasm for building boats hasn’t diminished at all. If anything, he may be a bigger fan of self-building these days, simply because he is a frugal guy. And in this economy, a frugal, money-saving approach may be just how many individuals eventually acquire their own boats. (more…)
Multihull pioneer Jim Brown’s classic “Case for the Cruising Trimaran” is obviously about cruising vessels. But the full range of multihull-related information and advice contained within it … especially with regards to safety … is so rich that every multihull owner might benefit from reading it.
A mindset that inspires one towards safety, precaution, accident prevention and preparation (about supplies one should have before going out in a boat) is displayed throughout the book. But what is so great about Jim’s writing style is that it never comes across as abrasive. The great advice simply comes to life through real-life stories and personal accounts of events that sailors actually experienced in their boats. (more…)
Multihull designer and marine engineer John Marples’s instructional audio package, entitled “Knowing Your Multihull,” was published a couple years ago. It’s great content, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the structural differences between monohulls and multihulls. But John also provides a wealth of information on boat maintenance and care, which is something many guys don’t pay enough attention to. (more…)
Here is how one fellow is utilizing a kite sail in a very practical way. (This is another great link that comes to us from Ian McGehee, by the way).
Instead of using lines, as most kite sails do, this approach uses sticks. The sticks solve a number of problems associated with soft control lines. It’s pretty neat. (more…)
There were a whole bunch of small trimarans at the 2014 Everglades Challenge. Thanks to Paul White (who sails a Weta trimaran in Sydney, AUS), for sending me the following links :-)
Paul also let me know that Randy Smyth won his class in this year’s Everglades Challenge (Class 5, Single Male, Cats/Tris) in a new record time (1 day, 11 hours, 18 minutes) in his self-designed, self-built trimaran SIZZOR. You can find out more about SIZZOR here and here. (more…)
Here are a couple of real treats, courtesy of multihull pioneer Jim Brown. Jim and I spoke last week about an article that I found online comparing small trimarans with catamarans in the same size range.
Our conversation isn’t meant to stir any pots of controversy … it’s simply about adding to a particular discussion by having a chat with someone who has been building and sailing multihulls for 50+ years now. (more…)