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Small trimaran enthusiasts who’ve been around awhile are certainly familiar with Dick Newick’s famous Tremolino trimaran. The Tremolino was the very picture of high performance … mixed with simplicity.

The original version incorporated Hobie 16 hulls for its amas. It also used the Hobie 16 rig for sails.

I’ve read over and over again about how Tremolino lovers simply loved their sailboats … and for good reason. The Tremolino offered small multihull sailors an affordable tri that could hit nearly 18-knots in right conditions. And this high-octane sailboat was available as an economical option for homebuilders.

The main criticism about the early Tremolino design seems to be that those Hobie 16 hulls were never buoyant enough. But what many didn’t know was Newick hadn’t designed and built that very first Tremolino himself. Still, much of the appeal of that early design was the fact a homebuilder could just build a main hull, and then use the Hobie hulls and rigging to acquire a fast trimaran of their own.

Newick did eventually redesign the Tremolino, which included plans for amas that were a great match for the boat. In fact, several modifications of the Tremolino have been made over the years. Each one slightly increased the boat’s performance too.

And now, the small trimaran community can revisit this classic design in a new way once again …

WoodenBoat Magazine’s 2009 Small Boats features a story about Dick Newick’s famous Tremolino small trimaran. It’s featured in an article entitled, “Tremolino Trimaran: What’s old is new again.”

Mr Newick was also kind enough to allow me to interview him for my book, Small Trimarans: An Introduction,. Even though I was privileged to speak with some great designers in order to put this book together, I consider my talk with Newick to be the cherry on top of a project that’s been a real treat in putting together. (Pun intended ;-)

In case you’re interested, the following webpages also offer some information … the Tremolino Yahoo group and the “Tremolino Trimaran Homepage”

Below is a picture of the “new” Tremolino design (special thanks to Lew Enns, who built and owns this beautiful boat).

Tremolino Trimaran (updated design)

Tremolino Trimaran (updated design)