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Double Outrigger Sailboat in Popular Science Magazine (August 1949)

We’ve previously seen ads for outrigger sailboats in decades-old issues of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Here we link to a full article from 1949 that shows how to build a cartopable small tri.

It’s pretty neat, especially considering the time period. I love stuff like this, partly because it’s reminiscent of a pervasive “can-do” spirit of a bygone era. It’s old-school. (more…)

Double Outrigger Canoe Historical Articles

Our friend Ian McGehee sent the following outrigger canoe links to me today. Ian noted that these articles would nicely fit in with a couple of other posts we’ve done regarding ancient tri history. And so they do.

The text is copied directly from the full articles, which can be found just below each of the text portions below. (more…)

Windrider Trimaran Sailing (& Camping) on Lake Diefenbaker

The following Windrider trimaran videos come to us from Windrider sailor Rod McLaren. In them, Rod shares his sailing-camping trips from 2013 and 2014 on Canada’s Lake Diefenbaker. Rod and his buddies show why these boats are ideal for exactly the type of outdoor adventure on display.

In the first video Rod uses a very cool phrase I’m pretty sure he didn’t invent … it’s just that, for some reason, it never stood out to me before. (more…)

WindRider Launching New RAVE V Hydrofoil Sailing Trimaran

The following press release (and short promo video) for the new RAVE hydrofoil model was just sent to me by Dean Sanberg, President of Windrider. I am reprinting the release here below in its entirety.

I’ve heard many times the original RAVE, produced and sold back in the 90s, offered an exhilarating thrill ride. It’ll be good to hear from sailors how this boat performs under sail. It’ll also be good to get feedback regarding durability and setup time for a trailered boat on a launch ramp. (more…)

Slingshot 19 Trimaran Building Plans Now On Deck

Small Trimaran sailor and DIY builder Frank Smoot is now offering plans for the 19-foot version of his “Slingshot” model. He has been working on publishing these since the building plans for the 16-foot Slingshot were unveiled.

The following information comes from Frank and is a concise write-up detailing this new sailboat. And in case you’re interested, here is an audio recording of me and Frank talking about the 16-footer. (more…)

How to Build Rudders or Dagger Boards

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…)

A Fast Little Tri On An Economical Budget

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…)

Michael Storer Talks Outriggers

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…)

A-Cat Hull Used for Trimaran

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…)

Working Model for the TRIX 12 Trimaran Design

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…)

More Best Guess Trimaran Updates

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 Signs Deal to Sell Astus Trimarans in the US

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…)

What’s It Like Getting Boat Hardware from Duckworks?

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…)

An Hour of Personal Sailing Instruction from Richard Woods

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…)

Road Rash Plywood Trimaran Design-Concept

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…)

Introducing the Slingshot 16 Trimaran

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…)

Building Double Outrigger Canoes Using Expandacraft

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…)

A Buccaneer Goes Forth (With a Non-Ballasted Fin Keel)

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…)

Buccaneer 24 Trimaran For Bermuda

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…)

Tryst – A New 10-Foot Dinghy Trimaran Design

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…)

The Shrek and I – Windrider Trimaran in Texas 200

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 Trimaran – The Trinado Tale Continues

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…)