Designer 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…
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.
“I used simple ex-army surplus fibre glass tent poles for the crossbeams). It works well for my larger body (105kg) and I have been out with my son (he is 95kg) and we never had a problem with swamping the boat. The wind was strong and the swells high on Lake Ontario. Building the Duo/Tryst has taught me the basic skills I needed, and also very strongly re-enforced the principle of not making the boat stronger (read heavier !!!) than the original design. I would strongly suggest that all novices start with a small design before starting on their second boat!”
More on the Tryst here: http://www.sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/designs/27-trimarans-under-25/428-tryst-trimaran
Strike 15 News…
Patrick in France sails both a Strike 15 and a Strike 20. You recently posted a video of his Strike 20 sailing. Now he reports on his Strike 15 sailing.
“On 23 July, I raced the Round Sanguinet Lake, singlehanded. I finished 13 over 33 on the line after 1h 53 min, behind the A class cats but before every other boat, including Dart 18 single and double-handed, and including a Hobie 18 with spi. I was 13th at the windward mark, but the next leg was too close winded to take advantage of the screecher, and, as the Darts are faster on close reaching, owing to their longer waterline, two of them passed me. On the last leg I passed them broad reaching.”
More on the Strike 15 here: http://sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/designs/27-trimarans-under-25/223-strike-15-trimaran
Strike 18 News…
I just updated my FB page with a couple of Strike 18 new stories. – https://www.facebook.com/richard.woods.designs/
A video here:
… and then an excellent report (again) of a cruise in our old Strike 18, this time on my forum pages: http://woodsdesigns.freeforums.org/strike-18-visit-to-saguenay-fjord-in-quebec-t230.html#p1569
More on the Strike 18 here: http://www.sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/designs/27-trimarans-under-25/168-strike-18
Zeta 14 Trimaran News…
… Meantime we are close to finishing the prototype 14ft Zeta trimaran, it should be sailing in a couple of weeks and will be on display at this years Port Townsend Wooden boat festival.
More on the Zeta trimaran here: http://www.sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/designs/27-trimarans-under-25/458-zeta-14ft-singlehanded-trimaran