Sailor 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…)
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.
“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…)
Here 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…)
This 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…)
Sailor / 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…)
Sailing 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…)
Sailor 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 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…)
Video 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…)
Bazooka trimaran owner/sailor Tony Watermann has been having fun with his boat. He has posted some great detailed comments at the end of an article about the Bazooka here.
He shares further comments about his own sailboat in this post, along with a short video of how it looks on the beach.
1. My boat has a zipper fit sail which is a PIA for maintaining sail shape at the moment. Turns out the rope friction cleats keep letting go of halyard and downhaul lines and I end up with collapsed sail sections. I believe that my rig was only the 2nd designed for this boat and that the manufacturer is now making them as bolt rope design instead and with better rope retaining locks. (more…)
Boat designer Bernd Kohler has just released building plans for a new sailboat he calls “Tiny Tri.” This comes on the heels of his successful “Little Tri“.
Bernd sent me the following info after I was first alerted to this new design by Brian Pearson, one of our readers. (Thanks Brian!)
Click on the images below to enlarge for better view.
by Bernd Kohler
Sailor / self-boatbuilder Russell Maxwell emailed me a couple weeks ago with an update about his Endorphin Trimaran. He modified the boat in a very interesting way and shares the results with us here.
Also included is a new video of the boat. See below.
It’s summertime in NZ at the time of this writing. I’d love to be there right now. (Thanks for the update Russel!)
This small trimaran in Wellington NZ comes to us from sailor Brian Nelson. He provides a great summary of this boat along with a few pictures.
Brian didn’t build this boat but is certainly going to enjoy sailing it. This craft is estimated to be about 16 feet LOA and offers comfortable cockpit seating for a single sailor.
(Thank you for sharing your unique boat with us Brain :-)
Barry Warburton publishes a site called Trimaran Journal. It looks like some fun (and there are some nice pictures too).
It features all sorts of tris — large and small — mostly commercial production boats. But here is one article featuring smaller ones.
We wish the folks at TrimaranJournal well. (more…)
The ePoH is a sailboat developed in France.
It’s described as a “stabilized skiff” instead of a “trimaran.”
As you can see from the videos (below) the ride can be fast, wet … and also a ton of fun.
(Many thanks to Algie Bennet for sharing these links with us)! (more…)
Install your own boat dock. One person. Without Herculean effort. That’s the guarantee anyhow.
For those who’ve got both the land and money … a DIY boat dock from a company called Pier of d’ Nort. Then again, if you’ve got the money, do you really want to DIY?
Existential crisis aside … the demo video (below) that shows a guy putting this thing together brings a smile (to me).
How about you? (more…)
Small trimaran friend Anthony Walker shared this link with us. It features information from multihull enthusiast Ian E. Smith’s efforts for building a proa (although the small tri featured on this page is what we think you may want to see).
The entire collection of links for Ian’s “Project Windrigger” can be found here. It’s certainly a look-see for DIYers :-) (more…)
Small trimaran sailor (and self-builder) Gary Baigent is currently constructing a new design. It’s similar to one of the boats he has built before, except this one is being made with trailering especially in mind.
He sent me a few pics of his progress so far (see below). Pretty neat, considering that he told me he is working based on ideas that have been sketched out “on his shed wall.”
By the way, here is another one of Gary’s trimarans — Flash Harry. (more…)
Sailor Greg Hardt shares a rare look at an old Tradewinds trimaran that he used to own. (And in case you missed it, he told us about his Piver Nugget here).
There were very few of the Tradewinds trimarans ever built. So this indeed is a treat :-)
I discovered that someone on Cruisers Forum had uploaded images of the original brochure for this boat. And while there, I also found a link about the Tradewinds tri on the SailBoatData website.
Here below is Greg’s info, along with pics of the boat he had. Be sure to click on the images below to enlarge. (Many thanks for taking time to send this to us Greg!)
We discovered last year that Ezifold Yachts (in New Zealand) will be manufacturing and selling the Bazooka trimaran brand. Toby Johnson, Ezifold’s CEO, sent me the below pricing list for the Bazooka models his company will be producing.
FOR INTERNATIONAL RELEASE BAZOOKA PRICING
Price release as at 27 January 2016 (more…)
Sailor Greg Hardt shares about his Piver Nugget trimaran in this post. The Nugget is a classic small tri design that helped popularize multihulls in the 1960s.
The cabin makes it an idea boat to use for camp-cruising. And it’s spacious enough to offer a larger degree of comfort than many trailerable tris.
This one that is still turning heads (after many years) on the water. Many thanks to Greg the info and pictures with us. (more…)
John Marples sent the following Seaclipper 16 trimaran information to me today. The Seaclipper 16 is a model originally designed as a 2-person boat with cockpit-style seating.
This new set of plans still allows for that type of setup (should a sailor/builder desire it). But this version offers a fully open cockpit, which of course, allows for traditional sailing/handling of the boat.
I personally can attest to the fact that John’s plans are extremely detailed and the support he offers to builders is 2nd to none. The SC 16 was the first small tri that I built. John always answered any questions I had promptly, via email, and never tired of replying to even my “silly” ones … and I had more than a few of those!
He was very kind to me in that regard :-) (more…)
Sailor Hans Schipper is at it again with another small trimaran building project. Instead of sailing his “Triple A trimaran“ he’ll enjoy a “Cool Finn” tri instead. (See also this original post about the building of the Triple A Tri).
What’s a Cool Finn trimaran?
Let’s find out. I love these diy building projects … especially when they turn out well! All the best to Hans as he works to complete this new sailboat.
( By the way, Hans is selling the “Triple A Tri” … anyone interested should contact him via his email address: fam.schipper AT gmail.com … a couple newer photos of the Triple A can be seen below at the end of this post ) (more…)
Sailor (and self-boatbuilder) Algie Bennett told me about the WindKnife last week. Some of our do-it-yourselfers are really going to love this product.
The WindKnife is essentially a ready-made leading edge for hydrofoils. Anyone building a hydrofoil (regardless of whether it’s a rudder, daggerboard or centerboard) can set the size/shape of what will become the leading edge and then cut the sides to proper size and then glue, rivet or weld them on.
The end result is a strong, light weight foil that fits the design specs of the particular small boat it’ll be mounted on. (more…)
The following press release was published on 12-20-15 by Windrider International.
Contact information can be obtained on the Windrider website (linked to below) for anyone that has further questions. (more…)
One of our readers, Travis Blackwell, sent me the following video clip posted on YouTube. It’s way cool. A mini catamaran mounted with a blokart chair for straight-ahead, comfortable sitting / sailing.
What’s a “blokart”? One might say that they’re a “small sailing trimaran on land.” Here are some websites for those who may not have seen them yet:
Here is the video Travis sent me the link to … (more…)
Here are some pics of a recently built Seaclipper 10 trimaran (see below). We’ve seen the skill of the builder (sailor Bob Trygg) before. I love the name of this sailboat too :-)
Check out the page here and another one here to see what I’m talking about.
The Seaclipper 10 is a fun design by John Marples. We’ve seen it previously in this post.
From what I’ve heard from others, this boat offers stability, ease of handling … and lots of grins for the person sailing it. (more…)
Today we hear again from sailor Travis Haggard. I asked Travis some questions about the Venture-Hobie trimaran he is building and he also shared about a self-designed, self-built sailing canoe he built as his first small trimaran.
His newest project, by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, is shown here.
His story perfectly exemplifies someone in the “DIY small tri group.” See below for details … (and thanks for sharing this with us Travis :-) (more…)
Windrider just published a list of trimarans (production boat models). Most are of the smaller, trailerable variety. There are some nice pics and summaries and specs of each boat featured.
Where can a sailor get a nice new sail made for their small trimaran? I thought I’d pose this question to the small trimaran community.
If you’re reading this and have a favorite source / sailmaker for getting a good sail made at a reasonable price then we’d love hearing from you.
Please post your recommendation(s) in the “Comments area” below.
I recently got some very good quotes from the following: (more…)
Sailor Travis Haggard has a unique building project going on right now. He is attaching Hobie 18 hulls to use as outriggers on a Macgregor Venture 21 sailboat.
It looks pretty neat too. (See pictures below.) It’s going to be a 21-foot, foldable (and likely very comfortable when completed) trailerable trimaran.
Travis shared the following via email…
I have followed your site for years. It’s a great site for small trimaran lovers so I figured I’d send you a few pics of my trimaran project. It’s a Macgregor Venture 21 with Hobie 18 hulls for the outriggers. (more…)
Windrider trimaran sailor Rod McLaren shares another camp-cruising trip with us in this post. See one of his previous adventures here.
Many thanks to Rod for sharing this fun mini-documentary with us. Here is his note to me about this most recent Windrider travelog:
Here is a new video telling the story of five seventeen foot WindRider trimarans during a five day camping and sailing adventure on Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan, Canada. This is the third year for such a camping/sailing trip on the lake. The story is told by the five participants and shares photos and videos taken by them during the week, describing the sailing, the storm, a runaway sailboat, and the friendships that formed. (more…)
The Futura trimaran is an owner-built sailboat in Italy. The sailor/builder, Pepe Maurizio, is extremely gifted when it comes to boat construction and is obviously familiar with sailing. He has created a beauty here.
Pepe shares info, pics and a video of the boat sailing here. A few of the English sentences below may not be perfect, but I can assure you Pepe’s English is FAR superior to my Italian :-)
According to Pepe, he lives in a lively town on the Adriatic sea … and now I want to visit!!! Many thanks to him for sharing this trimaran project with us.
Multihull designer Richard Woods is on a “small trimaran roll” these days. He is about to release plans for another model … a 14-footer this time. It’s called The ZETA.
This sailboat is meant to be built quickly and affordably and especially with singlehanded sailing in mind. The webpage for the Zeta Trimaran can be found on Richard’s website here:
And pdf study drawings can be found here – http://www.sailingcatamarans.com/images/zeta.pdf (more…)
The official biography of Dick Newick has just been published. His innovative trimaran, catamaran and proa designs went on to inspire scores of multihull designers, especially in America and France.
Here is the title description of the book as it appears on Amazon …
Dick Newick was possibly the 20th century’s most influential multihull designer. Now aficionados of multihulls – including trimarans, catamarans and proas – can now enjoy reading his official biography. This book takes readers through his early years, including kayak building and sailing, and then traveling throughout Europe in the years following WW II. (more…)
In this post, sailor Algie Bennett shares even more about the double outrigger sailing kayak he built from Chesapeake Light Craft. Specifically, he shares some info about the additional mods he has made in order to improve sailing performance even more.
Pretty neat. His kayak really flies.
We hope to add a video or two from Algie as soon as they become available. In the meantime, click on any of the images below to enlarge. (Thanks for sharing again Algie!) (more…)
Oops, I meant to say this Tremolino trimaran features a Jolly Roger on its sail. My bad.
Tremolino trimaran sports a Jolly Roger sail
Still, I’d love to imagine what a real pirate (meaning one from the 17th century) would have said if he’d seen (and sailed) on a real Tremolino trimaran. (I know, it’s enough to make any multihuller smile, right?)
In this post, we get to hear from Kevin Bruce Brown — a real Tremolino owner/sailor living in the 21st century. And his enthusiasm for the boat is pure fun.
Speaking of fun, Kevin is a custom line art illustrator and T-Shirt printer. His PIRATE BRAND website is – naturally – www.piratebrand.net
And and the phone number is – naturally – 888-99-PIRATE (888-997-4728). (more…)
Here sailor/self-boatbuilder Dave Shatwell discusses the building of his Strike 16 trimaran. Dave built this boat in Lima Peru.
The Strike is just one of the small trimaran designs offered by Richard Woods. From what I hear, it features both good looks and performance in the water.
This trimaran began life, however, as a small catamaran. The amas came from a Pixie catamaran model (also from Richard Woods) and to those were added the main hull of the Strike 16.
Dave shares the details, including great pictures, with us below. (Many thanks Dave!) (more…)
Sailor and self-boatbuilder Barney G. has just completed his second Seaclipper 16 trimaran. (You can see the first one he built here).
The main difference between this boat and the previous one is that this craft features the open cockpit version of this design. John Marples, the designer, added the open cockpit version to the original cockpit seating arrangement, that was initially offered in the building plans. Another major difference is the “swing wing crossbeams” that John also developed. This offers the sailor a major benefit because instead of having to fold the amas (which aren’t light) for trailering all that needs to be done here is simply swing them back alongside the main hull. (more…)
How often can you combine the following adjectives to one craft: Double outrigger, rowboat, sailboat … plus cuddy cabin for sleeping?
Exactly. Not too often. One tends to think, “Too many descriptive words to apply to a single boat.”
Friend Stefano shared this link with me last week. As he put it, “A must see.” I agree. It’s pretty neat.
This model comes from adventurers Julie and Colin Angus at Angus Rowboats. It’s available to customers in both plan and kit formats. (Again, pretty neat :-) (more…)
Our friend Stefano sent me one of these YouTube videos recently, which features the following little trimaran. It’s pretty neat too.
This boat looks so simple … so straightforward. No frills. And the rig is even more so. Stefano notes the following: “The rig is very unusual ( aft mast and boomed jib only); it is fast and has a lot of lift…”
I wish there was some more info about this boat that I could post. (If anyone knows where I can add some still photos of this boat then please let me know because I’d love to add them in with these video clips). (more…)
Multihull designer Bernd Kohler shared the following with me this past weekend. It’s a short promotional video featuring a Ngalawa Outrigger sailing. It looked too fun … I feel like it should be posted.
Bernd also wrote: “The outrigger boats from Dar-es-Salaam the so called Ngalawa’s, are ancient boats used for generations in this part of the world. How far back nobody knows. The outriggers are angled planks. The generate the lift to compensate for the sail side force.” (more…)
Sailor Thomas Pell shares his self-designed, self-built 23 foot trimaran with us in this post. It’s pretty neat too. Nice and roomy (it even has a cabin) and yet built with intention for light weight.
Tom has years of experience on the water. This boat sports a combination of features that he has desired in a boat, including performance, comfort and folding crossbeams for easy trailerability.
(Thanks for sharing this one with us Tom!)
(In this post we share some thoughts on leeboards from multihull designer Bernd Kohler. He uses his “Little Tri“ design for illustration purposes.)
Little Trimaran Leeboard – Some Thoughts
by Bernd Kohler
Here is one approach to the discussions found in the “Hybrid leeboards” article. I was very pleased to read that article. What’s interesting is my over complication of some ideas. But it dos not matter; it’s more important to bring the “outside boards” idea up again. (more…)
What is a “Chrys10” trimaran? It’s a self-designed, self-built craft that evolved from a non-performing dinghy into a speedy 10-foot sailboat.
This sporty little tri evolved in the mind … and through the constructing hands … of Christofer Olsson, who lives in Sweden. How sweet it is too! Get ready to smile (a lot) as you watch his videos below.
Christofer also shares some detailed pics also, which depict the boat’s construction and transformation into the craft it is now. He said the Chrys10 started out as a small dinghy built “just for fun“. He wanted something that was fun and easy to sail during summer. But then the boat got more advanced. As things turned out, Chris wrote, “… it wanted to be a small, cute, racing trimaran in glasfiber.” (more…)
Kayaker-sailor Algie Bennett built a beautiful kayak using plans from Chesapeake Light Craft. Of course, the temptation to turn it into a sailing machine has taken him down the double outrigger path :-)
Algie lives in the UK and shares some great pics, a video and a nice bit of info here (below). They feature the craft’s outriggers and sail rig in various stages of development. Many thanks to him for sharing this with us. Click on any of the images below to enlarge them.
The Sardine Run 19 appears to be a new design from Allel Behidj, the boss of Sardine Run boatyard. We featured the first Sardine Run trimaran, designed by Eric Henseval, here.
One obvious point of difference between this one and the first is its specious open cockpit. This one is obviously intended for some serious daysailing. (Thanks to Brain Pearson for sharing this one with us)!
Here is the webpage on the Sardine Run website that fully describes this boat (in French) – http://www.sardineboats.com/voiliers/sardine-run-19/ The pictures above and below are linked to directly from this page. (more…)
Here are a couple short videos featuring the launch of a Scarab 18 trimaran. Our friend Ian McGehee sent this to us and I am posting it because these vids show off some neat features of this 18 foot boat.
The Scarab really looks great both close and from afar. And it really does appear to have some room in that cabin. All in all, a very nice modern boat in a small package.
The only disappointing thing about the sailing video is it was taken during extremely light wind … so there wasn’t much wind power available to show off the boat’s performance. I hope the owners of this boat upload some more vids soon. (more…)
The following commentary and video comes from sailor (and rep) Phil Medley of the SeaRail 19 trimaran. The video, by the way, was taken by one of those way-cool GoPro cameras.
The video features Phil and Bob Winston, Harbor Master at Carlyle Lake and director the Carlyle Sailing Club. Phil told me that two days after this sail the boat was delivered to its new home on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota.
(Thanks for sharing this new vid with us Phil!) (more…)
Sailor (and home boatbuilder) Carlos Solanilla is selling his Richard Woods’ designed Strike 16 trimaran. (And for a great price too!) We’ve previously featured his boat here and here and here.
Carlos is reluctantly parting ways with this boat (as he explains below). He shares some great pics and some insights that come from enjoying this boat in the past few years. (more…)