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Kulik Trimaran Videos (Another Look)

We previously featured the Kulik inflatable trimarans here. The following videos (shown below) are just a couple featured on the Kulik YouTube Channel.

I think the design of these boats, especially with regards to the use of modern materials, is fascinating. Check out the videos to see some rigging adjustments featuring Kulik’s sailor/designer.

Be sure to visit the main Kulik website for more information here. (more…)

Paraw 16 Building Plans

Following is a link to a WordPress site advertising building plans for a 16-foot Paraw. I’ve no background knowledge regarding any aspect of this project, and am simply sharing it with readers who might want to inquire more about it.

The introductory ad copy reads as follows:

“I am drawing plans for this 5 meter long Paraw with a total sail area of 8 sq. meters. Intended for intermediate level boatbuilder, the method of construction is plywood on frames. I skipped the dug-out keel and substituted a laminated keel instead, since it is the only part of the Paraw that requires intimidating carving skill and time. (more…)

The Holopuni Sailing Canoe Story

Fascinating video below currently displayed at https://www.holopunicanoes.com/

The origin (story) behind these boats is discussed. The following comes from their website, and serves as a warm-up to the video.

“Holopuni- which in Hawaiian means “to sail everywhere” is the original name Nick Beck gave to the 3 man outrigger canoe in which he set out to explore the coastal areas of each of the Hawaiian Islands.” (more…)

Squirt Does the Texas 200 – (Pt 2)

In this post, sailor Eric Dahlkamp shares his experience of day 5 and 6 in this year’s Texas 200. These videos and write ups offer a nice summary overview of Eric’s perspectives during this event.

Thanks again to him for sharing so much info covering the entire journey!


Squirt Trimaran, 2022 Texas 200 – Day 5 and 6
by Eric Dahlkamp

Day 5 was the most challenging and memorable day of all. I believe 87 boats registered this year. And here I am on day 5 sailing all alone sighting only one boat nearby and a few others briefly on the horizon. Interesting how that happens.

Sailed from Quarantine Shore to Hidden Pass, about 10 miles shy of Army Hole, the designated camp for the night. Every day leaves its unique imprint on the soul. (more…)

Trimaran 5m50 Sardine Run

The Sardine Run 19 and 23 models are already featured on this blog. Here is yet another model – the 5m50.

Here is a (translated from French) snip from its advertising page:

“What if we created a nice original boat and went everywhere to discover the coast? Having a minimum of comfort, having the practical sense, and not dragging too much…

It is from these few criteria that the Sardine Boats shipyard and the naval architect Éric HENSEVAL collaborated to develop this boat. (more…)

Very Odd Small Trimaran

A very odd small trimaran indeed!

Sailing friend Ian McGehee shared the following links with us a few days ago. They appear to promote a small tri that is no longer in production.

As Ian notes, however, we can document it for historical purposes, as it certainly is an odd design. Many thanks to him for taking time to share this find with us here on the smalltrimarans blog.

The main link that includes the 2 images below can be found here: https://www.bootveiling.com/en/boats-for-sale/202372/multihull-sailing-boat/trimaran-330/ (more…)

Hop Trimaran Under Sail

We featured the beach trimaran named “Hop” in this post last summer. There were some good pics, but no video of the boat sailing.

Site contributor Ian McGehee recently found this video of a Hop under sail and shares the YT video link with us here (below). Ian also commented: “This was an interesting 1980’s design that you featured a while back when one was up for sale, not a lot here but it’s nice to see how it performs under sail…pretty much as I’d suspected based on the slinky shapes (not a ton of inherent righting moment from the amas) and lower tech materials of that era- she’s probably fairly heavy by modern standards and combined with all that structure things are very low in the water…. which makes for a pretty wet ride considering the mild surface conditions. Still looks fun as hell, just maybe not so much when it’s not warm out.”

Here is the video… (more…)

DIY Kayak to Sailing Tri Conversion

Sailing friend Ian McGehee sent me the link to the YouTube vid (below). It features an interesting sailing outrigger kayak. (Thanks again Ian :-)

*** READERS, PLEASE NOTE, this is NOT Ian’s boat – he found this boat and shared the link to it, as he has found links/videos to many small tris with us over the years.

Ian writes: “Hi Joe, just saw this short video of a DIY tri conversion that has some interesting design solutions.”

Here is the video’s write up on its YT page: “In this episode I show how I transform my kayak to a trimaran sailboat with pontoons, mainsail and furling jib. I plan a trip in the ice cold sea outside Ingarö in the Stockholm archipelago. I pack my kayak at the beach of Mörtviken as the sun rises.” (more…)

Tamanu Double Outrigger Canoe Launch

This double outrigger sailing canoe is a model called “Tamanu” (designed by Gary Dierking). You can see more about the Tamanu design here and here and here.

The photo of this particular build, featured on this page at Gary’s blog, shows the boat on its launch day. And what a setting for a new boat launch – Aruba!

The sailor-builder, Andy Wong, apparently shared a video of the boat under sail, which Gary posted on this page (but also posted below): https://outriggersailingcanoes.blogspot.com/2019/01/andys-tamanu-in-aruba.html?m=1 (more…)

B&B Mini Trimaran Sailing (Video)

Ian McGehee sent me this newly posted video link of the small trimaran designed by B and B Yacht Designs. We first featured this boat here.

Lots of work went into the building of this particular boat. It’s a beaut … and even utilizes Hobie Mirage Drive foot pedals (or ones of similar design). These would be a great assist in getting the craft to its destination in light airs.

Ian noted this video of the B&B mini tri shows off this design under sail with stronger wind than the sea trial video on B and B’s webpage. (Nice find Ian – thank you for sharing this with us!) (more…)

TriCat Trimarans in France

The following two boats are both folding, trailerable trimarans. They are different models named “TRICAT” and appear to come from a well-established developer-builder in France.

The main website can be found here: https://www.trimaran-tricat.com/en/le-chantier-naval-tricat/

Here is the webpage for the Tricat 20 model: https://www.trimaran-tricat.com/en/le-tricat-20/ (more…)

Kayaking Joe’s Double Outrigger Sailing Kayak

I recently discovered “Kayaking Joe” blog: https://kayakingjoe.blogspot.com

You can check out his double outrigger sailing kayak on the pages, including this page: https://kayakingjoe.blogspot.com/2013/07/ready-to-sail.html

No doubt lots of solo work went into putting this DIY boat together. Lots of conceptual thinking too.

Here are 2 short vids posted on YT… (more…)

Squirt Trimaran Dialed In

Sailor Eric Dahlkamp sent the following via email this past weekend. All the hard work has paid off and now he gets to enjoy the boat, hopefully, for years to come.

What a great, fun craft to enjoy in retirement. Messing about with a small tri on the water.

Does it get any better when it comes to watersports? Not so much, for some of us.

(Thanks for sharing this info and the new videos (below) with us Eric :-) (more…)

Philippine Double Outriggers at Work

Here are some really neat videos featuring traditional Philippine watercraft. Double outrigger canoes at work.

Smalltrimarans reader Hien Ngo sent these links (thanks again Hien).

It’s said that all boat designs are a compromise of this or that, one way or the other. But it’s hard for some of us to look at these boats and not see them as a wonderful blend of simplicity, function and efficiency. (more…)

Marlin Trimarans in Europe

Just found the homepage for a larger – yet still trailerable – trimaran design called Marlin trimarans.

High-tech materials and expert construction make this sailing machine very easy on the eyes. The opening paragraph on Marlin trimarans’ website reads:

“The Marlin trimarans are innovative and modern carbon multihulls. With sailing performance far above normal. Probably the fastest trailerable and foldable sailing racer-cruiser trimarans of the World. Perfectly made for single- and double-handed racing and cruising. Great for team and family adventures.” (more…)

Outback Mike’s Double Outrigger Canoe Adventure

Small tri friend Hien Ngo sent me the following info regarding a unique double outrigger canoe historical project / modern adventure. A fellow called OutBack Mike put a lot of time and effort the canoe-build and subsequent expedition, as seen below via vids on YouTube.


I’ve never heard of Outback Mike before. He appears to have some bona fide skills when it comes to this sorta stuff though. (more…)

Squirt Gets a Swallow Tail

Sailor Eric Dahlkamp shares a new update on his small trimaran named Squirt. On videos (see below).

He explained the reason for his update via email…

“Of interest perhaps to any contemplating adding a sugar scoop or swallow tail. I had to do something, my wake was awful. Sure has helped. Now hoping for a steady stiff breeze with temps in the 60’s at least once before winter.” (more…)

Building & Sailing Outrigger 26 Trimarans

Today we hear from a long-time boatbuilder & sailor Bill Murphy. He shares the story of how he got to build one of Dick Newick’s smaller trimaran designs – the Outrigger 26. For some of us, this would be a wonder boat to messabout with in America (once upon a time).

Many thanks to Bill, for sharing this short article with us, along with the images :-)


“The moon in the water
turned a somersault
and floated away”

– Japanese Haiku writer “Ryoto”

My wife Linda, and I built the Outrigger 26 Newick designed trimarans — twelve of them. (more…)

Recent Squirt Trimaran Updates

Sailor Eric Dahlkamp shares some recent updates to “Squirt,” his latest (self-built) trimaran. We’ve featured the progressive story of Squirt (thank to Eric) in previous posts – here and here and here.

Great info and a few short videos show us what Eric is doing to dial-in this boat. Many thanks to him again for these recent updates.


Eric writes:

I’m loving Squirt, my self-built 13’ converted Snark Trimaran. (more…)

Aircraft Drop Tank Trimarans

Great historical post here, thanks to contributor Ian McGehee. Boats made from discarded aircraft parts by American military boys in the Pacific.

I’ve never seen anything like this before. Thank you for sharing this us Ian!


Ian writes:

Proafile just posted a small blurb with a link to this French article from 2014 about WW2 sailors in the south pacific making trimarans out of discarded aircraft drop tanks in 1944…not a ton of info but the pics are definitely worth a look- (more…)