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old-piver-nugget-trimaran-under-sail-2Sailor 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.

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Piver Nugget Trimaran Restored and Sailing Today
by Greg Hardt

This is my 24′ cold mold fiber glass Piver Nugget Hull # 42. She was built in 1966 in Alviso California by George Llewellyn, Lasko Marine Co.

I bought her in 1999 for $50 from a gentlemen at the San Leandro Marina in California. At that time she had been wasting away in her slip for 11 years and was on her way to a landfill. I brought her up to the foothills of Berry Creek California for what was to be major restorations.

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This boat relaunched on Lake Oroville California by the late summer of 2000. She is easily trailered and I’ve enjoyed sailing her in this area for the last 15 years.

The plans to fabricate the crossbeams came from my first Piver Nugget that I restored in the 70s. I used 1/4 inch stainless steel flat bar to make the hinges that allows the amas to fold down.

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The most challenging part of the restoration was designing a new cabin on the main hull. Using the companionway from a 24 ft Macgregor venture, I was able to glass it to the plywood cabin that I built.

DEJAVU is a sweet boat to sail! She points high, comes about easy and fly’s when it’s windy enough to fly an ama.

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My greatest adventure on DEJAVU happened a couple weeks from the maiden voyage. I had her flying an ama under a good blow until the mast broke at the spreader. However, it just fell in slow motion and nobody got hurt.

Up until then her was performance was excellent and, all in all, it was a good day!

The original mast was too heavy to use for a trailerable boat so I had replaced it with a mast from the Venture 24.

This mast was lighter and could be raised easily. The venture’s mast was a fractional rig which I rigged as a masthead so I could fly my Genoa. However, it didn’t have a diamond spreader like the original and I believe that’s why it broke.

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A week later I replaced that with a Hobie 16 mast fractional rig that I had laying around. It seemed to do OK … I mean, I was able to sail her, but I lost a lot of square foot of sail.

A year later, I gained back the square foot I lost when I acquired a mast from a Nacra 18 fractional rig. Although I gained back my square footage on the main, I am unable to use my Genoa. However, if I put her in a long term slip I would use the original mast so I that can fly the Genoa.

I’m looking forward to sharing more about my first Piver Nugget in the future.

— Greg

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