Multihull pioneer Jim Brown’s classic “Case for the Cruising Trimaran” is obviously about cruising vessels. But the full range of multihull-related information and advice contained within it … especially with regards to safety … is so rich that every multihull owner might benefit from reading it.
A mindset that inspires one towards safety, precaution, accident prevention and preparation (about supplies one should have before going out in a boat) is displayed throughout the book. But what is so great about Jim’s writing style is that it never comes across as abrasive. The great advice simply comes to life through real-life stories and personal accounts of events that sailors actually experienced in their boats. (more…)
Here are a couple of real treats, courtesy of multihull pioneer Jim Brown. Jim and I spoke last week about an article that I found online comparing small trimarans with catamarans in the same size range.
Our conversation isn’t meant to stir any pots of controversy … it’s simply about adding to a particular discussion by having a chat with someone who has been building and sailing multihulls for 50+ years now. (more…)
Is the boatbuilding method John Marples and Jim Brown called “Constant Camber,” which was used years ago to build slender hulls for trimarans and catamarans, still a viable method for boatbuilding? You bet it is. (more…)
For the last few weeks I’ve been working on a brand new Small Trimarans book (book #2). I tried hard to come up with a creative title for this one too — and I think I got the creative juices flowing and maxed out to a boiling fever pitch. As a result, I finally settled on a name for this new book on small trimarans. It’ll be entitled, (drum roll please) (more…)
In this post, Frank Starkweather shares a bit out the pages of his friendship with the Gougeon Brothers. It’s hard to imagine any family that’s impacted sailing in recent decades as much as they have. And imagine their special connections to the entire multihull world. Wow! (more…)
I received the following from small trimaran enthusiast Frank Starkweather last week. Frank once worked for the Gougeon Brothers. As you’re about to see, he’s enjoyed many sailing adventures, and has known a few tris over the years. (more…)
What are “small” trimarans? I’ll take a risk here and hope my opinion doesn’t stoke any fires of debate. There are several ways trimaran enthusiasts might answer this question. And each of them, given certain assumptions, are probably worthy of merit.
But for the sake of meaningful discussion (and relevance of this website) I’m giving my own definition: (more…)
Multihull Listings ( including Small Trimarans ) …
Below are a few reference links. They include multihulls other than small trimarans. (more…)
Here is a modern trimaran sailing canoe that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. Mark Zollitsch’s Adventure Trimaran ( www.AdventureTrimaran.com ). Mark’s site is not only fun to read, but he includes the kind of descriptive details about his sailboat that make those of us who don’t own one envious.
(Way to go with your “wordsmith” skills Mark)!
If you’re reading this then I have to assume you like sailing fast. (Or perhaps you’re dreaming about being able to get out on the water and do something like this soon).
The first time I ever saw a trimaran cut through the water at 16 – 20 knots I was mesmerized. Up to that point I didn’t have an anchor for my general interest in boats. Sailing a tri was something I wanted to pursue.