Frank Jackson has built a couple unique trimaran sailing canoes for use at Rocky Mountain Safari. These little tris were made to take guests on camp-cruising adventures.
What do you think?
Frank gave me permission to post these pics (they are all taken from his website; be sure to click on images to enlarge them). And we certainly thank him for that, as well as the added information. He shared the following in an email exchange with me …
My trimarans do not attempt to be cartoppable … and they ended up being heavier than I’d like. But, we can sail in the worst possible conditions; we just reef way down and hang on and watch the kayaks porpoising thru the waves.
They all perform to windward real well (they do sometimes like help with a qtr sweep of the paddle to help tack). And, they can still be paddled, comfortably, all day if need be. Not gonna make 4mi in an hour though!
We built them for paddling, robust sailing, and comfort. Add the hammocks and canopies for on-board sleeping and we are ready for week long expeditions.
The below comes from this pdf page at Rocky Mountain Safari’s website …
Canoe Sailers of Rocky Mountain Safari
“Our sailboats are standard recreational canoes, rigged with sails and kayak outriggers in ways that preserve the paddling experience.
They all have leeboards, rudders/tillers and spray skirting on the whole canoe. The bow skirting fully closes around a paddler.
The trimarans are traditionally rigged for sailing — one gaff, one Bermuda,
The canoe sailers have a 5’ stub mast to hold a fixed wing sail from a wind surf rig (mast/boom/sail).
The kayaks are used for stability and gear stowage. Each kayak has augmented pillars, 4 float bags, and non-stretch Cordura covers, which seal very strong and tight to endure wave crashing and running submerged.
Although the kayaks could hold a paddler, the seat/walk rails preclude using a double-bladed paddle stroke, and it turns out folks would rather paddle or ride elsewhere on the boat”