The new DC-3 Trimaran, designed by John Marples, has just been announced as the winner of WoodenBoat Magazine’s “Pro-Boat Design Challenge III.” It’s a 27-foot, trailerable, swing-wing wooden tri with offshore capabilities.
Some of its other features include:
— Central cockpit (for safety in heavy weather)
— Hulls built with the Constant Camber system (for faster construction using less wood)
— Ability to sleep at least 2 persons (in relative comfort)
— 2 separate (fore & aft) cabin areas (for reasons John discusses in the audio below)
There were 49 entrants from a half dozen countries that participated in this design challenge. And to get a fuller picture of the specific parameters that defined this year’s contest — the creation of a “Fast Expedition Sailboat” — I asked John if he’d participate in a short recorded call so I could ask him some questions.
So click on the audio bar below to listen, and John’s drawings can be viewed (in pdf) underneath the jpeg images below…