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Paraws in the Philippines

paraw-sailing-adventureHere 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…)

Zeta Trimaran Hits the Water

zeta-trimaran-first-sail-3 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…)

Small Trimaran News Bits from Richard Woods

tryst-trimaran-in-canadaDesigner Richard Woods shared the following pieces of news-info with us regarding a few of his designs. I thought we’d collectively them them here in this post.


Duo dinghy / Tryst trimaran News…

Richards wrote:
I received a photo of Peet’s 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy a couple of weeks ago. It was the first boat he had ever built. Now, like so many people (including me) he has converted it to the Tryst trimaran, although slightly modified from the original drawings. (more…)

Sardine Run 19 Trimaran Sailing in France

sardine-run-19-trimaran-under-sailHere 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…)

Ultralight 20 Trimaran for Sale in Canada

ultralight-trimaran-max-5The 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…)

Discovery 20 Trimaran Now the Discovery 21

discovery-21-trimaran-buildSailor Tony Basso (from Half Moon Bay, CA) alerted me to the following piece of small tri news. The Discovery 20 trimaran, a Chris White design from the 80’s is undergoing an update.

The design aspect of things is already completed. There were some tweaks Chris thought would make the boat a little better, including lengthening the center hull to 21 feet. The real news is that it’s going to be offered as both a production boat (for anyone that wants one completely made for them) AND a kit (for someone who wants to complete the build themselves). (more…)

Vintage Pioneer Trimaran from Victor Tchetchet

tchetchet-pioneer-trimaran-2 Probably one of the first ads ever for a small trimaran. Our friend Ian McGehee found this one while reading an actual copy of the original magazine in which it appeared.

Below is the full image of an ad for the “Pioneer” trimaran model, designed by Victor Tchetchet, from page 129 of POPULAR SCIENCE – April 1947 – which I am linking to below (the digital version) on Amazon.com

So neat! (Thanks for sharing this with us Ian :-) (more…)

Small Trimarans in Trouble

Not just one but two small tris got in trouble this past week. Yikes, we don’t like hearing about this at all. (Trimarans are meant to offer sailors stability, after all!)

Thankfully, the sailors in trouble were rescued. This should give all of us pause to reflect that careful planning and prudent sailing practices — coupled with respect for both the water and weather conditions — are always necessary. (more…)

Skin-on-Frame Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe – Perahu Katir

perahu-katir-sailing-canoeHere 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…)

Cool Finn Trimaran Sailing

coolfinn-trimaran-sailing-1The Cool Finn trimaran is now sailing. We first got a glimpse of this trimaran under construction back in January.

Sailor Hans Schipper has built another beauty here. (His first one was featured a couple years ago in this post).

This “Cool Finn” combines the hulls of a Cool Cat catamaran with a main hull of a Finnjol dinghy. It goes against the norm by combining a relatively wide, flat-bottomed center hull with the slender beach cat hulls typically associated with multihulls. (more…)

F-Boats in the R2AK

r2aktriFrom 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…)

Small Trimaran Entries in R2AK 2016

small-tri-r2akLots. And lots. Of small tris. (In the R2AK).

Pretty neat.

I’ve listed them below. Did I miss any? I hope not.

You can read about them (and see a pic or two of each one) on the “Race Participants” webapge here: https://r2ak.com/full-race-participants2016/

You may also want to check out one of the “pre-race” YouTube vids, which I’ve also posted below. (more…)

Can You Identify This 13-to-15-Foot Trimaran?

Can You Identify This 13 to 15 Foot Trimaran? One of our readers sent these pics a couple days ago. (Photos below). He thinks this boat was once in production somewhere.

I think I’ve seen this model before (and to be honest, it may already be posted somewhere on this blog … I just can’t remember).

I am, therefore, taking the E-Zeee way out of this ID dilemma and asking if one (or two or three) of our other superb readers can offer some feedback about this sailboat. If so then just post in the “Comments” area below. (more…)

Grande Small Tri on the Water

rio-grande-double-outrigger-sailing-4dSelf-boatbuilder / sailor Eric Light is now sailing and paddling his new boat. We first saw what he was doing in our first post about the project here – http://smalltrimarans.com/blog/a-grande-small-tri-project/.

Eric sent the following update to me (read below) this past weekend. So great to see the results of his efforts.

The 4 pictures I’ve linked to here come from Eric’s building blog and are copyrighted by him (I link to these images directly on his site. Be sure to check it out because he has lots more info and pics there.

Pretty neat. I love the sail on it too. (more…)

Jim Brown’s SCRIMSHAW Rescue – Part One

scrimshaw-paintingJim Brown is in the process of helping to rescue his old, beloved cruising trimaran SCRIMSHAW. His friend Bruce M. just bought the boat from the fellow Jim sold it to 3 years ago.

This isn’t strictly “small trimaran” related, per se, but Jim is always sooooo entertaining when it comes to his multihull storytelling … this audio was just too good not to share with you here on smalltrimarans.

He has told me in the past (and loves to share with anyone with a listening ear) that, “Sailing is about continuing to learn something new every time you go out in a boat.” (more…)

First Strike 20 Trimaran Now Sailing

strike-20-trimaran-sailingI just received the following Strike 20 Trimaran info from Richard Woods. He has been selling plans for this sailboat for awhile but this is the first one sailing (video below).

By the way, Richard says he is offering the following special deal for smalltrimarans.com readers. He writes, “Plans normally cost GBP250, but if people say they saw them on your site I’ll sell them for GBP200 (USD300)”

Isn’t that cool? (Thanks Richard … we appreciate that very much :-) (more…)

DWX Epoxy for Boatbuilding

working-with-epoxy-resinI just discovered a new product being advertised at Duckworks. It’s billed as a new type of epoxy that offers some terrific benefits not currently found with most other epoxies right now.

Since I’m a big fan of Duckworks Boatbuilders Supply I’ll assume the product’s claims are genuine (at least for the moment).

I dislike working with epoxy. It’s a major component in wooden boatbuilding these days and I’ve used it for both the boats I’ve built. It’s never been easy for me to work with though. (more…)

Seaclipper 13 Now Sailing in Canada

seaclipper-13-trimaran-now-sailing-in-canada-1When we last heard from sailor Don Thompson he was still building his Seaclipper 13 trimaran. His boat is now sailing.

Don shares the following report with us about how the boat is performing. As you’ll see for yourself, he loves the boat. There are going to be plenty of smiles and lots of fun sailing on the Ottawa River this summer. (It’s also personally rewarding when a boatbuilding project turns out this way). (more…)

CLC Sport Tandem with Double Outriggers (New Update)

more-modified-clc-tandem-kayak-trimaranHere is an update on the CLC Sport tandem double outrigger kayak featured last summer. Sailor Algie Bennett continues to refine and tweak this boat.

He writes:

A quick update for you – a new video of my Sport Tandem kayak/trimaran – kaymaran. I’ve moved the mast and leeboard back 18 inches and got a furling line on the jib which have transformed it.

The improvement is massive: turning quicker and lighter and tacking is nice and predictable. It is now situated just in front of the front cockpit giving more bow volume up front and feels great. (more…)

4.5 M Double Outrigger Sailing Canoe

4.5m-double-outrigger-trimaran-10Small trimaran sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Andrey Titorenko shares his boat with us in this post. Actually, he shares both his online photo album here, with lots of pics and a google translation page filled with relevant info to match his pics. (Andrey’s native language is Russian).

This boat has some unique features. It’s sure to generate some discussions and get the creative juices flowing for more than a few guys with building project of their own.

Many thanks to Andrey for sharing this great looking sailboat with us. (more…)

Heart of Gold Trimaran

heart-of-gold-trimaran-5Sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Berthold Theelen recently finished building this small trimaran in the Philippines. He named it “Heart of Gold.”

Great name. Great looking tri :-)

This tri’s center hull came from a Tiki 21 catamaran. Berthold has “only” got the boat up to about 14 knots at this point because it’s a bit “heavy.” He explains it all in his story of the boat found below … although I find 14 knots for this converted cat to tri project none-too-shabby. But that’s just me :-) (more…)

Searunner 25 Trimaran – Deep Restoration

searunner-25-trimaran-restoration-2As per our previous post regarding this Searunner 25 trimaran … it appears its new owners are wasting no time in restoring her.

John E. sent me lots of great photos of progress so far. (I am amazed at both the speed and skill these guys possess when it comes to boat repair.

Here are just 7 of the restoration pics sent to me. I am attempting to show the depth they are going to fully repair this boat — and even perhaps make it better than new. This will certainly be true of the ama deployment system, which they’ve engineered to make it possible for just one person to unfold the amas on the trailer to get the boat ready for launching on a ramp. (more…)

Searunner 25 Trimaran Restoration in Minnesota

searunner-25-trimaran-in-minnesota-4 Sailor John Ebert and his brother are going to restore a Searunner 25 trimaran in Minnesota. They recently purchased it from someone in Duluth.

The ad for this boat can still be seen on this SailingTexas webpage.

While the boat once sailed on Lake Superior, John is going to sail this classic small tri on the pristine waters of Leech Lake, which is a little bit inland. (Leech sure does look pretty). (more…)

A Grande Small Tri Project

grande-trimaran-1Kayaker Eric Light is putting outriggers on his boat. He has published photos and general info about the building project on his blog, which can be found here.

For a general overview of this project, check out this page: http://golightlythroughthisworld.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page_22.html

Eric writes:

What I liked about Michalak’s “Rio Grande” kayak was that it’s small and yet it has the capacity to carry some gear. I’m hoping to do some camping with it, around the Gulf Islands here, as well as day sailing wherever I can put in locally. (more…)

Ever Heard of a ConverterYacht Trimaran?

coveryacht-trimaran-4Sailor Slava Joukoff sent me the following info and pictures last week. This small trimaran was recently sold to him under the name of “ConverterYacht”, meaning may have been originally sold by a company named “Converter Yachts.”

It’s a trailerable 17-foot sailboat and when the crossbeams are pulled out to full length it has a beam of about 12-feet.

Slava thinks there were several built … although he isn’t sure exactly how many. The boat features a custom-built main hull (fabricated within a proper mould). And the amas were taken from a 14-foot Calypso beach catamaran. (more…)

Voltair Trimaran for Sale

voltair-trimaran-on-bay-post-3Sailor Nicholas Apollonio built a unique small tri he named Voltaire that we featured here. He had some great sails in the boat last year and thinks it makes for a great lake sailing boat.

Nicholas is now selling Voltair, however, in order to begin another boatbuilding project. (I’ve heard some folks get bit by something called a “boatbuilding bug” … it’s not dangerous to one’s health though unless they somehow mishandle epoxy or something :-)

The attached pics were taken during one of those nice sailing days last summer. (more…)

Haines-Hunter Tramp Trailer-Tri for Sale

tramp-trimaran-for-sale-4Randy D. is selling his Haines-Hunter Tramp Trailer-Tri. Anyone not familiar with this production boat from the 1980s designed by Ian Farrier can check out this page on the F-Boat website. And also this post on smalltrimarans – http://smalltrimarans.com/blog/haines-hunter-trailer-tramp-trimaran-in-shark-bay/

Randy shares the below info with us, including a short write-up about the sailboat along with a few pictures.

UPDATE 6-24-16: This boat has sold. Thanks to everyone who had interest! (more…)

Alien Trimaran – Not From Outer Space

alien-trmaran-7The Alien trimaran is a unique sailing craft that perfectly fits into the DIY category of boats we’ve seen a lot here on smalltrimarans. I think you’re gonna like it too!

The following was sent to us months ago and I somehow forgot to post it :-(

My bad! (Very bad, actually … sincere apologies to sailor Mike Schreibman, who both constructed and sails this beauty).

As Mike shares below, this is a very successful sailboat in terms of both performance and budget (considering it’s a sleek-looking speedster on the water at times). (more…)

Seaclipper 13 Trimaran Building Project in Canada

seaclipper-13-trimaran-building-project-7The Seaclipper 13 trimaran is one of the newer small tri models designed by John Marples. Sailor Don Thompson is almost finished building one in Ottawa, Canada.

It’s a very nice looking one too. Don was kind enough to take a whole bunch of pics and share them with us.

These photos reflect 7 months of work. Don estimates he has put about 400 hours into building the boat so far. (more…)

What Makes Trimarans Fast

what-makes-trimarans-fastOur friend Stefano recently sent me the link to the following trimaran article (in pdf). It’s written by multihull designer Tony Grainger.

Tony is one of the boat designers that I interviewed in the book, “More Small Trimarans.”

A lot of readers might find the article’s content very interesting … or even just a plain good ‘ole read. (I hope so anyways.)

If you’d like to check it out then click here in order to open the pdf document. (more…)

Hikurangi Sailing Canoe Up Closer

ulua-double-outrigger-sailing-canoe-close-up-5Here is an even closer look at the ulua double outrigger sailing canoe named HIKURANGI. Our previous post about this boat is here.

Sailor Frank Gorden shares a few more pics along with links to a few short videos of the boat under sail. He also clarifies the meaning of his boat’s name.

Frank writes:

“Been out sailing and hardly had any time for any thing else. Just come back from a 24 km trip down the coast from Te kouma to Manaia. The waka is running well in the ocean. Here are some more pics (click on images to enlarge): (more…)

Bazooka Trimaran Updates on Facebook

bazooka-trimaran-renderingThe following info comes to us from Toby Johnston, CEO of Ezifold Yachts LTD, regarding the E3 Bazooka Trimaran. Toby sent me a couple links to Ezifold’s facebook pages. It has to do with answering inquirers’ questions about Bazooka updates that are currently being made.

I’ll quote some of what is on those pages, but encourage readers to click the links to see the posted images on each page. Their first facebook page is here and the second one is here.

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Ulua Double Outrigger Canoe Sailing in NZ

ulua-double-outrigger-canoe-sialing-in-coromandel-3Sailor Frank Gorden has built a beautiful double outrigger cailing canoe in NZ. An Ulua design, by Gary Dierkding, to be more specific.

Frank named the boat “Hikurangi.” According to Wiki, “Hikurangi is a settlement in Northland, New Zealand.”

Very cool.

He shares a few pics with us below and also links to a couple pages on flickr, which showcases a couple nice videos of the boat under sail. These vids show the boat sailig in Coromandel Harbour. (more…)

Easy Reefing Sail on a Small Multihull

ulua-easy-reef-sailCheck out this video posted by Gary Dierking featuring a single outrigger Ulua sailing canoe. The emphasis here is on the sail itself.

Whenever I see something like this I always think about what Gary D. says about trying to “get the biggest bang for the buck.”

In this case, it would be more like trying to “get the most performance from an economically created sail that is also one of the easiest to reef.”

Watch the short video clip and see for yourself. (more…)

DC-3 Trimaran Under Construction

dc-3-trimaran-building-3Sailor Chuck F. is currently building a DC-3 trimaran. He kindly answered a few of my questions regarding his boat building project and also shares some pics with us here.

Background info about the DC-3 trimaran can be found on this page. Building plans can be obtained from John Marples, the designer.

I’ve been waiting for someone to build this model. Even though it technically fits our criteria for being a small tri (insofar as it’s trailerable), it’s a boat that will be capable of crossing oceans (in theory, at least).

Creature comforts aside, this is certainly a boat that would offer a couple sailors tons of fun for weekending adventures and camp-cruising during vacations. (more…)

Last Word on Piver Nugget (for Now)

Gary Dierking sent me a nice note via email this past weekend. It included the following 2 photos. Gary is now a boat designer himself, of course, with 2 popular websites about outrigger sailing canoes.

Wrote Gary:
“I really enjoyed hearing Jim Brown’s talks on the Nugget. I traded a beautifully built Swedish monohull for a Nugget owned by a friend of mine back in 1970. What a revelation and what a great time I had in SF Bay and around the coast. It convinced me to build one of Jim’s 37′ Searunners and I never looked back. The photo of my Nugget was taken by Jim Brown.” (more…)

Still More on the Classic Piver Nugget Trimaran (Jim Brown Audio Interview)

jim-brown-sailing-his-piver-nugget-trimaran-late-1950sHere we feature one more short audio interview with Jim Brown talking about the Piver Nugget tri. In this audio clip, Jim talks specifically about certain Nugget design features that all came together very well.

Jim’s explanation really coveys how the Nugget’s design offered self-builders an opportunity to get out on the water and experience multihull fun … on a budget. And the word “budget” is key here.

Economy. Affordability. Accessibility. (more…)

Jim Brown on Arthur Piver’s Frolic & Nugget Trimarans – Part 2

arthur-piver-designed-jim-brown-built-nugget-trimaran-1This is part 2 of my interview with sailor / boat designer (and long-time multihuller) Jim Brown. This segment focuses on the Piver Nugget trimaran.

I’ve also posted a very short video clip of Jim (as a young man) sailing his old Nugget, which comes from one chapter of Jim’s video commentary of “Among the Mutihulls”.

Jim was “there” during the emergence of modern multihulls in the 20th century. His own Nugget trimaran was a sailing machine too … his description of it in the longer video is pretty neat. (more…)

Jim Brown on Arthur Piver’s Frolic & Nugget Trimarans – Part 1

piver-frolic-trimaran-illustrationSailor / boat designer (and long-time multihuller) Jim Brown shares some conversation with us in this post. (You’re in for a real treat :-)

I interviewed Jim a couple weeks ago about these 2 small trimarans, which were really among the first ones offered via plans for self-builders. Both were successful designs in that they really sailed well.

Speaking as a multihull historian, Jim offers a unique perspective that can only come from one who was “there” during the development of these classic boat designs. (By the way, you can go here to find out more about Jim’s collection of multihull audios). (more…)

A-Rig on Foiling Trimaran (1972)

tri-a-rigSailing friend Hans S. alerted me to the following. These images come from, according to this webpage, an article from the May 1972 issue of Yachting World entitled, “Beware Low Flying Boats,” by R.E. Vincent.

The information listed on the above cited webpage is as follows:
Vincent, R. E., “Beware Low Flying Boats — An Experimental Hydrofoil Craft With an Ingenious Theory for Stability,” Yachting World, May 1972, pp 98-99, IPC Transport Press Ltd, London, publishers. Article by a post-grad student. Paragraph headings are: Design Objective, Apparent Wind Analysis, Propulsion Device, Transverse Stability, Longitudinal and Directional Stability, Resultant Overall Design, Predictions of Future Developments, and Conclusion. (more…)

Macgregor Venture Hobie Trimaran Update

magregor-hobie-trimaran-3Sailor Travis Haggard shares an update here about his Macgregor Venture Hobie trimaran building project. This boat is looking really sharp.

Travis promises a report on its sea trials after it gets in the water. The boat is close to being ready. But as anyone who has ever built a boat can attest … a boat that is “close” to being done doesn’t necessary translate to being in the water “soon.”

Sometimes things work out nicely, of course. But at other times, as Jim Brown told me once upon a time, the boat just never seems to get finished no matter how close it seems that most of the work has been done. (more…)

Twin Self Furling Jibs – Let’s Try It

twin-self-furling-jibs-concept-2Twin self-furling jibs on a trimaran? Would that work well?

Small trimaran sailor Tony Watermann shared the following with me a couple weeks ago (via email exchange). In this case, our conversation centered around an interesting way to rig a small tri.

Tony hopes to try this out in the near future. He sent a couple simple concept renderings (just below) along with a couple great links that lend support to this idea.

I love the idea, in theory anyway. (We’d love to hear from others who may have done something similar too :-) (more…)

Using Camtasia to Promote Marine-Related Products & Services

small-trimarans-marketing-with-camtasiaVideo marketing has been around for years now. But a lot of my friends in the marine industry aren’t using videos enough (or at all) to help spread the word about their products and services.

Camtasia is both a video editor and screen-capture software that can help. It can be used to quickly edit … and even create (via screen capturing) the types of videos that work well nowadays to communicate with potential customers. (more…)