Naval architect Bill Kristofferson’s original web presence went dark awhile ago. It now appears he is back online with a new website. This one appears to feature both his multihull designs and his artwork. (more…)
John Marples has just released building plans for another boat in the Seaclipper series — the Seaclipper 13 (4 Meter) trimaran. John continues to be a prolific Multihull designer for those who want to build their own boat at home.
John indicates this small trimaran will be ideal for 1 adult sailor or a couple of teens. But one really neat feature of this boat is that it be set up for either tiller steering (on the tramps) or sit-down cockpit style steering. (more…)
One of our readers alerted me to a new production small trimaran from France called the MIND Trimaran. It appears to be a fun, versatile sailboat.
It’s advertised as being: stable, easily maneuverable, and simple (no boom, for example). It features a daggerboard and can be set up for either 1 or 2 seats in the center hull. And the sales copy briefly refers to a “igloo tent option.” (I’d like to know more about that). (more…)
The following article featuring a Wavelength 780 trimaran comes to us (again) from the newsletter written by the boat’s designer, Robert Forster. Robert has allowed us to share stories and info from his publication before (see here and here for examples). (more…)
The following boatbuilding project photos come to us from Frank Jackson of Rocky Mountain Safari. He has an amazing way of building trimarans with unique, extremely practical (and economical) techniques. This one is a hybrid – paddlewheeler and sailboat. (more…)
We received the following from sailor (and frequent smalltrimarans.com contributor) Ian McGehee. Wonderful history and also some great pics of small tris from decades ago. And more about Victor Tchetchet (Father of the Modern Trimaran) can be seen here. (The links to the pdfs below are likely the documents referenced in the “Father of the Modern Trimaran” article in the previous link). (more…)
Smalltrimarans contributor Ian McGehee sent me a YouTube link to the following video. The builder of this boat calls it the “Endorphin trimaran.” The video is basically a collage of the building pictures for this boat.
I really like a couple of the techniques used to assemble this craft. The crossbeam holders on the vaka, for example, look pretty neat. It may be applicable to other smaller tris. (more…)
Here is the link to an article about a new type of super-high-tech speedboat. It’s about to go on sale. And you can own one if you’ve got an extra $1,400,000 in your pocket with nothing else to spend it on :-) (more…)
SeaRail 19 trimaran developer (and sailor) Phil Medley shares some 2015 manufacturing news with us here. As he writes below, the SeaRail only weighs 700 lbs. But when one flies its spinnaker, the boat is sporting 536 square feet of sail.
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…)
In this post sailor Fran Sneesby shares a little about the Scarab 650 trimaran she is building. The Scarab 650 is another fabulous-looking design by Ray Kendrick.
Fran works with Ray and has already built a couple of these Scarab boats. She is particularly keen on the size of this one though (see below). (more…)
The setting for these pictures is so cool, I just had to share them. (more…)
Looking for a fun, inexpensive little trimaran to build? Here is some inspiration from Joe, who writes to us from his home in Thailand. Instead of “little” trimaran, however, Joe refers to his little creation as “littler tri.”
Joe built this boat for a friend. It’s proof that good gifts can still come in small packages :-) (more…)
Has the Sea Flash trimaran been updated to become the Stress 14 trimaran? Perhaps of our readers can help clarify things for us. (more…)
There appears to be a new trimaran in France called the Radical T26. Our friend Stefano found the following vids on YouTube and shared them with us. (Note: IMO the music in the 3rd video isn’t very enticing :-(
Just recently I discovered a very unique 21-foot trimaran design designed by multihull designer John Patterson. (Many thanks to AJ, one of our readers, for sharing this info with us!)
I assumed this boat was trailerable but was totally surprised by the fact that this 21-footer was actually used as a live-aboard cruiser by awhile. (more…)
Corsair Marine is coming out with a new trimaran model this year – The Pulse 600. Don Wigston is the proprietor of Windcraft Multihulls and will be an East Coast dealer for these new sailboats. He told me about them this week and provided the following web links, which contain lots of information. (more…)
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…)
Sailor (and self-builder) John Nieboer shared the following video with me a few days ago. He refers to his design as the Trimore 560 trimaran. Both John and his sailboat were featured in this previous post.
John made a video that details a lot of the work that went into building the Trimore 560. (more…)
It’s pretty neat. Lots of thought went into it’s packaging with a goal towards faster setup at a boat ramp (or beach launch area). (more…)
The following (very short) video features a few sailing clips of Ngalawa outriggers sailing off Kenya’s tropical coast. It actually advertises an event called the “Ngalawa South Coast Regatta.” (more…)
Rocky Mountain Safari sailor and tour-guide Frank Jackson send me the following account of a recent Lake Powell camping trip. Frank’s outfit hosted a bunch of couples in 5 outrigger canoes.
What fun! (more…)
Inspired by the previous Bunyip trimaran post, sailor Jean Chevalier shares the following about his own Bunyip. He offers nice details about its performance too. It’s great hearing about these old designs! (more…)
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…)
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…)
Multihull sailor Andy Griffiths is searching for some old building plans. Specifically, he’d love to obtain plans for Lock Crowther’s Kraken 18 and Bunyip 20 trimarans.
Andy provides a summary of the origin for these boats (below). (more…)
Her name is SLUE FOOT SUE and she’s a double outrigger sailing canoe. Pretty cool, huh? The whole rhyming thing, I mean :-)
Long-time sailor Jim Stuart contacted me a couple weeks ago about his ultra-cool DIY trimaran sailing canoe. And what a boat! (more…)
Sailor Ron Falkey shared the great background story of his self-built micro-cruising trimaran (named DALLIANCE) a while back. Ron loves this boat but has reluctantly decided to sell her because of recent health challenges. (more…)
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…)
I found an interesting thread not long ago on the woodenboat forum about building a small plywood boat without epoxy. That got me wondering if anyone has been successfully building plywood-constructed multihulls nowadays – particularly outrigger canoes – without epoxy encapsulation. (more…)
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.
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!)
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!
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…)