Sailor Thom Davis shares info (and a video) about modifications he has made to his Triak. As explained in this post, his mods are geared towards making the boat a better sailer in bigger winds.
Thom also introduced me to George Yioulos, from West Coast Sailing, who is the new Triak distributor. I’ll be sharing some info George sent to me in coming days. I link to their website below for anyone who might want more info about the Triak.
Major Triak Modifications
by Thom Davis
I’ve owned a Triak for four years, now. A Triak is a composite ocean kayak hull, single wing (aka) and two outrigger/amas that attach to a single post on the wing.
Out of the box, the Triak is a decent paddle (100 #s) kayak and a good sailing kayak as long as the winds are light (under teen strength). The reason Triak isn’t very good in bigger winds is the stock floats are minimal (85# floatation).
Since my sailing grounds are normally teens to 20s in windspeed, I had to do some modifications to the Triak. The most recent modification and the one which made a world of difference is the expansion of the amas to about double their volume. Fortunately, I had spare amas to play with.
The boat still sails and paddles about the same as before the ama expansion, but now in big winds I no longer have to reef nor worry about being capsized.
The Triak, as featured here on smalltrimarans, when it was a new production model, lists most of the pros (like being car toppable). I built a trailer for it though and that speeds my time from driveway to water (usually about 20 minutes).
Most folk with Triak beach launch, I drop it in at a local marina — the design allows one to get into the cockpit while alongside the corner of a dock (you have to be a little nimble).
It has a top end speed about 10 kts — limited because the main hull is a kayak hull and therefore a displacement hull.
I’ve done numerous improvements to the rudder, the mast, the mainsail to make it better for me and where I sail but like I mentioned before, it is a good boat out of the box. Speaking of which, after two years when you couldn’t get one, they are back in production and can be obtained from West Coast Sailing, which is their sole distributor.
Below is one of the more recent videos showing the boat in big breeze. (Elsewhere in my video list are additional videos showing the other modifications made to the Triak and some “how-to’s”)
— Thom Davis