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A trimaran is a multihull boat consisting of a main hull and two smaller outrigger hulls (amas), attached to the main hull with lateral struts (akas). The design and names for the trimaran components are derived from the original proa constructed by native Pacific Islanders.

 

 

BMW sponsored Oracle Racing trimaran

 

BMW sponsored Oracle Racing trimaran

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF SAILING TRIMARANS

  • Today's multihulls offer the only formula that is capable of providing all in one small boat the vital space necessary for both comfort and performance.

  • This performance enables you to sail far further than you would if you were dragging a keel along with you.

  • So you get higher speeds giving greater range and can visit places that would otherwise be out of reach.

  • There is an absence of heeling so it is more comfortable, level sailing than in monohulls.

  • The lack of heel means that the sails do not spill wind and so acceleration is much greater.

  • In practice the buoyancy of the leeward float and the weight of the crew, naturally to windward in a breeze, combine their effects to give the trimaran its exceptional stability.

  • Unlike a catamaran which has one trampoline or one central platform the trimaran can offer you a spacious principle hull that is infinitely more comfortable and safe in use.

  • Trimarans can save you a lot of space when accommodated in a harbour, marina or on land so reducing storage costs.

  • Trimarans are generally easy to trail making cruising in new and different areas easy.

  • Their shallow draft permits access to places that keel boats cannot get.

  • Trimarans are easy to manhandle ashore because of light weight.

  • Light weight means also that small inexpensive and economical engines can be used when motoring.

  • Superior handling. Easier to tack than catamarans.

 

Swing wing trimaran Dragonfly by Quorning

 

Quorning Boats was founded in 1967 by Borge Quorning to build high quality boats with good performance from 16' up to 52" high-tech yachts, but since 1981 production has been concentrated on the Dragonfly Trimarans only. 

 

 

HISTORY

 

The first trimarans were built by indigenous Polynesians almost 4,000 years ago, and much of the current terminology is inherited from them. Multihull sailboats (catamarans and trimarans) gained favor during the 1960s and 1970s. Modern recreational trimarans are rooted in the same homebuilt tradition as other multihulls, though there are a number of production models now on the market, such as the folding, trailerable trimarans from Corsair Marine, Quorning Boats, Performance Cruising Inc., and Ian Farrier.

 

The Trimaran design is also becoming more widespread as a passenger ferry. Designs which can carry over 300 cars are now in production. The trimaran concept has also been considered for modern warships. The RV Triton was commissioned by UK defence research company QinetiQ in 2000. In October 2005, the U.S. Navy commissioned for evaluation a General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) trimaran designed by Austal.

 

 

 

Venta 12 meter cruising trimaran motor sailer  Wooden trimaran sailing boat

 

 

CONSTRUCTION

 

Trimarans have a number of advantages over comparable monohulls (conventional, single-hulled sailboats). Given two boats of the same length, the trimaran has a shallower draft, a wider beam, less hull area, and is able to fly more sail area. In addition, because of the wide beam, trimarans do not need the weighted keel required in monohulls. As a result, the trimaran offers much better straight-line performance than a monohull, is able to sail in shallower water, and maintains its stability in stronger winds. However, its wider beam makes it a little more cumbersome to maneuver, so tacking and jibing can be trickier, and the narrower hulls provide less living space than an equivalently-sized monohull.

 

As the righting moment (the force that resists the opposite torque of the wind on the sails) is produced by a float on either side called an ama and not a heavy protruding keel, trimarans are lighter and faster than a monohull of equivalent length. A lightweight retractable keel, referred to as a centerboard is often employed to resist lateral movement, making many models easily beachable. 

 

Most trimarans are nearly impossible to flip sideways given a reasonable degree of caution, however, trimarans can reach speeds so great in a storm that they can plow into a wave and flip end-over-end. This hazard is especially dangerous for a multihull because of their wide beam. The front of the boat, often covered by trampoline, acts as a giant paddle rather than a narrow monohull would. To avoid this unfortunate scenario owners of trimarans are advised to use trampolines with a large weave and employ parachute drogues and sea anchors whenever appropriate.

 

 

 

Motor powered trimaran designed by Nigel Irens

 

Motor powered trimaran designed by Nigel Irens

 

 

 

SAFETY

 

Overall, trimarans are much safer than a monohull as the lack of a heavy keel, combined with the two (usually sealed) amas makes for a nearly unsinkable boat.

 

Because of their stability and safety, trimarans such as the Challenger class have become popular with sailors who have restricted mobility. 

 

Potential buyers of trimarans should look for one that is designed with amas with multiple sealed partitions, controls that all run to the cockpit, a collision bulkhead, partial or full cockpit coverings or windshields, and drain holes in the cockpit that can adequately drain the cockpit quickly, among other things.

 

 

SEAWORTHINESS

 

The most important feature of any boat, its seaworthiness, is the most difficult one to assess. Seaworthiness is simply the capability of a boat to afford the crew safety and comfort in any condition. But it can take time before the seaworthiness of a new type of craft is fully understood even by designers and sailors. Especially so, since there are infinite possible combinations of wind, sea and hazard that a boat might be exposed to by any crew, in any state, attempting to execute any plan.

 

In the late 1950s when the pioneer catamaran designer, builder and sailor, James Wharram, was sailing catamarans across the oceans, very little was known about the seaworthiness of these craft. In the 60s and 70s offshore catamaran sailing and racing went up a steep learning curve with many "bleeding edge" multihulls crashing out spectacularly. This confirmed suspicions voiced at the time, that multihulls were unsafe. In the same period much more sturdy and secure designs were built and began safely to clock up ocean miles. However, without today's design know-how, many lacked performance. This confirmed suspicions that multihulls do not sail well to windward.

 

Now, thirty years on, multihull design has matured through the prolonged exposure of thousands of different craft to a generation of world-wide sailing experience. Safety records over the years are second to none and consequently, catamarans and trimarans have earned their place in the mainstream of the boat market. Even so they are still viewed with distrust by many of the seafaring community. However, there is no reason to doubt that the glowing safety record of multihulls will not continue to grow, and that misgivings will diminish with more time.

 

So far it can be said with total confidence that a multihull, as a type of vessel, is at least as safe in any condition as a monohull. Possibly multihulls are safer. Naturally, they have different strengths and weaknesses than monohulls in their "capability to afford comfort and safety in any conditions." No boat is ever 100% seaworthy.

 

 

RECORDS

 

The British sailor Ellen McArthur set a new world record for solo circumnavigation of the world in her trimaran B&Q/Castorama, arriving in February 2005 after just over 71 days at sea.

 

 

 

Flying boat - trimaran hydrofoil racer

 

Flying boat - trimaran hydrofoil racer

 

 

 

CHOOSING YOUR BOAT

 

It is often accurately remarked that when you buy a boat, you can choose from any two of the following three: Performance; Comfort; Economy, but that you can never have all three. There are no very fast, cheap, luxurious boats out there. Probably the same is true of cars and horses as well, but we should keep the discussion to boats. Multihulls have more potential to offer speed and comfort than monohulls, this is why they are such compelling craft, so it is particularly important to see how these trade off against each other and against cost. The bottom line for any of us who venture on the sea, though, is seaworthiness: find the safety of multihulls and monohulls compared in these sections.

 

Speed is fun. Thrilling even, and not exclusively for the race course. For some, overhauling other craft is always delicious meat for the ego. But apart from that, there is a rich pleasure in feeling a loved boat get up on her legs in a breeze. Faster passage-making means extended cruising range and possibly less crew fatigue. Speedy boats can better skirt storms to avoid exposure to danger. However, few would want speed at any price.

 

The cost of speed might be in the boat price, crew discomfort or increased risk of mishap. Most will be interested in what it takes to get maximum performance in line with other wishes, like lots of cabin space and maximum seaworthiness. Good performance should be had on any day and on any course too.

 

 

POWER TRIMARANS

 

A power trimaran is kind of an odd looking bird when you first look at one. Long skinny hull with very short amas. We have gotten used to seeing amas that are more than half as long as the main hull in sailing vessels. But of course the power tri needs a much smaller righting moment since there is no sail to rotate the boat around it's axis. They are much more stable that the equivalent monohull of course, and most of the recent long range power boat records have been set by trimarans of this type. An non stop crossing of the pacific was done several years ago with a pair of slightly modified 9.9 yamaha engines and the UK navy has had a development program in place for some years and has begun to acquire a few.  

 

 

 

Groupama 3 trimaran racing triple hull

 

 

 

 

MULTIHULL LINKS:

 

The Multihull Centre


Multihull Centre is a leading British multihull marketing and building business established by Pat Patterson in 1968 at Millbrook in Cornwall. The name Multihull Centre was coined when Pip and Debbie joined the business in 1985. Debbie has developed the brokerage business into one of Europe's top Multihull Brokers. Under Pip's management the boatyard has grown to become the UK's largest dedicated multihull boatyard. 

 

You can write to us at:

Foss Quay
Millbrook
Torpoint
Cornwall PL10 1EN
United Kingdom

Phone or fax us on:

Tel:  +44 (0)1752 823900
Fax: +44 (0)1752 823200


Email: info@multihullcentre.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Sail Élan    Sail Elan logo


Why sacrifice comfort, performance or safety? This is the philosophy behind Multi-Winds International, LLC., which offers the Élan trailerable trimaran. Perfect for singlehanded sailing, traveling with the family, or making money in the charter fleet. 

 

You get a boat that pleases racers as well as cruisers.  Multi-Winds International, LLC., uses the highest standards and materials, making boats that are easy to sail, fast, and comfortable.

 

Elan 26 series sailing boat

 


Our proven, innovative design and technology offers a quality product at an affordable price.  The Élan combines high performance and comfort.  The true spirit of sailing is at your command.

MULTI WINDS INTERNATIONAL, LLC

655 Maid Marion Hill
Sherwood Forest, MD 21405
Phone: (410) 849- 3316
E- Mail: info@sailelan.com

 

 

 

Multihulls & WIG-craft designs for DIY and profs


Multihulls and WIG-crafts for DIY and professionals, catamarans from 4.35 m to 18 m, easy construction in the wood (plywood) glass, epoxy system. 24 years of experience 

 

We are very aware of sailor's needs. We bring two types of experience into our catamaran designs. We have designed multi hulls since 1980. And we have lived in our "PELICAN" (one of our designs), on the Mediterranean sea for 11 years. Our portfolio includes a wide range of catamarans.


Design styles range from the DUO 425 to the C 1000, the first multihull that sailed, solo, non-stop, around the world. Our "home-construction" designs maintain the time-proven wood/epoxy/glass sandwich construction system, resulting in a strong, light and inexpensive craft. Pick one and build it.

 

 

Ground effect plane/boat trimaran hull or triple hulls

 

Ground effect plane/boat

 

 

At K-designs, we design fast water craft. We have been consulting in this industry for over 25 years and we sell multi-hull construction plans for home builders and professionals alike.   New  designs are developed on a regular base . Almost all boats are extreme light weight wood/glass/epoxy composite constructions.


We designed also several wing in ground effect crafts. These hybrids, between aircraft and very fast ships, are versatile, fast and efficient. We believe they will play an important role in mass transport in the future. The technology to build them is already here. Click on the appropriate link to find more information on the craft you are interested in.

http://www.ikarus342000.com/index.htm    Email  Bernd@ikarus342000.com

 

 

 

 

INSPIRATION 1050 LUXURY CRUISING CATAMARAN - KITS avail


INSPIRATION 1050 LUXURY CRUISING CATAMARAN. HULL, DECK & furniture kits available from AUD $59,990. Building plans available for online order. The Inspiration 1050 is designed by well known multihull designer Mr Roger Simpson. At 10.5 metre the Inspiration 1050 makes an excellent cruising or charter boat. See our site for layouts, kits and building information. 

Goondi Street, Rainbow Beach  QLD, Australia 4581

Ph (07) 5486 3393      http://www.catamaransaustralia.com

52 Manooka Drive Rainbow Beach QLD Australia 4581

Ph (07) 5486 3610   Fax (07) 5486 3690

 

Email gsmarine@yahoo.com

SUNSET HARBOUR - Carlo Point, Rainbow Beach QLD Australia 4581

Phone  (07) 5486 3610   http://www.usail2.com

 

 

 

Foncia sponsored trimaran racing yacht

 

 

 

San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA)


San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA) 

 

Stephan Wendl "BAMA"
486 Ferne Ave, Palo Alto CA 94306

408 832 7050
treasurer at sfbama.org

 

 

 

 

 

New trimaran Catri 27


Aegean Catri 27 - Catri Designed Hydrofoil Assisted Trailerable Trimarans - Manufactured by Aegean, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. 

 

The designers and builders of the Aegean Catri 27 wanted to make a superior folding, trailerable trimaran that advanced the 'state of the art.'  It had to be a competitively-priced boat that would beat the competition in all other qualities, including offering luxurious accommodations. The first prototype of this boat, called the Catri 26, was built and tested in Europe in 1997 where it showed higher speeds and smoother rides than the best racing trimarans of its class: the Corsair F28R and Dragonfly 920.

Catri 27' trimaran

 

Catri 27' trimaran

 

 

 

Dick Newick's Home Page


Photos of Dick Newick's designs including Rogue Wave, Ocean Surfer, Cheers, and others. 

 

Packet of Fourteen Study Plans!!!
23' to 60' - Mostly trimarans, 1 cat, 1 proa - Send $20 to:

 

Dick Newick
P.O. Box 2341
Sebastopol, CA 95473 USA
Email: newnaut@sonic.net

 

 

White Wings 36' trimaran

 

White Wings 36' trimaran

 

 

 

Dragonfly Trimaran Sailboats


Trimarans from Quorning Boats of Denmark. Offering Danish quality folding trimarans. Currently building the following models DF800 (26Ft), DF920 (30Ft), DF1000 (33Ft)& DF1200 (40Ft) Sail Magazine Top Ten Boat 2001 & Cruising World Magazine Top Multihull 2001 

 

DRAGONFLY SAILBOATS, CO. 103 Center Street, Garwood, NJ 07027
Tel. (908) 232-7890              Fax (908) 232-7890
dragonfly@trimarans.com

 

 

Hydrovisions High Performance Sailing Outriggers


The Raptor 16s are lightweight, high-performance sailing outriggers that are easily portable, and capable of exceptional performance both under sail and when paddled. When paddled the Raptor is faster than all but the lightest and narrowest racing kayaks or surf skis, nearly as fast as an OC1. 

 

Hydrovisions Inc., 1338 N. Melrose Drive, Unit K., Vista, California 92083
Click for Map

 

raptor16@sbcglobal.net (John Slattebo)  Tel. (760) 945-3958     Fax. (760) 945-3958

 

 

Earthrace bio diesel powered motor trimaran, Sea Sheppard

 

 

 

Bloomfield Innovation - Multihull Yacht Design

 


Leading multihull naval architect, specializing in sailing and motor catamaran yachts and commercial vessels. Former lead designer at Crowther with licence to use and develop Crowther technology. 

 

Design and supply of catamaran plans for sailing and power catamaran yachts is Bloomfield Innovation's area of expertise. We have extensive experience in the development of composite and aluminium catamarans, including sailing and power catamaran yachts, commercial ferry catamarans and workboats. Bloomfield Innovation supply naval architect and engineering design services for composite and aluminium catamarans from 6m (20') up to 60m (200'). Our range includes trawler catamarans, power catamaran yachts and racing and cruising sailing catamaran designs. All designs may be constructed to survey or classification society rules using aluminium or composite (fibreglass, carbon fibre,…) materials. We are exclusive agents for sales of Crowther Multihulls range of sailing design catamaran plans covering racing and cruising designs up to 60' and have access to the entire Crowther Multihulls intellectual property base on multihull sailing design. We have close relationships with a number of multihull boat builder companies around the world or we can provide design plans and support service to your choice of boat builder.

 

About Us|Services|Designs|News|Links|Contact Us|Site Map

 

Bloomfield Innovation Pty Ltd., PO Box 349, St Kilda, Victoria 3182, AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 3 9221 0883  Mob: +61 417 228 730  Fax: +61 3 8610 2099
VoIP: SIP/3121@sip.atp.org.au (FWD:**832 3121)
Email: info@bloomfieldinnovation.com

 

 

 

 

 

Different 22 -- A tacking outrigger


Formerly a Slatts 22, which was purchased in spring of 2003, this tacking outrigger underwent modifications and is now called a Different 22.  The owner decided to modify it and the modifications were significant enough that the designer, John Slattebo, asked him not to call the vessel a Slatts.  There are no hard feelings, the designer just feels that it no longer represents his design ideas.  He suggested it should be a Magee 22, but that seemed way too pretentious to the owner.  All he did was add a couple of benches and a tiller and move some jib blocks around.  So, it's a Different 22 .......... charlie@signaldesign.net

 

 

Catri C24 sailing trimaran

 

 

 

 

 

Ahoy-Boats multihull sailing dinghies and dayboats


Very affordable way into multihull sailing. New MAGNUM 21 open cockpit 21' dayboat and ever popular VIRUSPLUS 16’ family dinghy. Both are unsinkable trimarans / proas and easily trailed. 

AHOY-BOATS
36, Salmon Leap
Chester, CH4 7JJ
United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)870 770 2728
Fax +44 (0)870 770 2729
Email: Please use this form.

 

 

CATRI is a new brand but from a well established stable with a great history of record breaking multihulls. Of course high speed requires that the boat should have low drag and this is achieved with the narrow hulls of the trimaran and the lift of the hydrofoils.

However, few sailors appreciate that high speed sailing is only possible with high stability. The CATRI 24 provides a really comfortable hydrofoil stabilised platform upon which to take to the sea. This boat will amaze you with its acceleration and speed. Yet you will always feel safe even at high speeds and in real seas because of the stabilisation provided by the clever (patented) arrangement of the hydrofoils and other safety features.

 

A major concern in multihull sailing is the possibility of a nosedive/pitchpole in challenging wind/wave conditions. Prevention of this must be a major consideration in the development of a new design.

 

In the CATRI lengthwise stability has been maximised by designing the centre of mass as far aft as possible, with a large main hull stern volume and the rear foils supporting this, full length floats, and a major contribution to stability from the forward hydrofoils. In a wind gust or wave conditions which may bury the bows of another design, the CATRI will lift the rear of the float and rear foil from the water, thus stopping lift from the rear foil, and allowing the aft distributed centre of mass to act maximally in preventing nosediving or a pitchpole (see diagram below). The forward foil, as well as the bouyancy of the forward part of the float continue to provide substantial lift, resulting in considerably more fore-aft stability than that of a traditional trimaran design. This is further enhanced by the wave-piercing design of the float. The hydrofoil system adds an extra margin of safety compared to the conventional trimaran.

 

 

 

 

The large beam enhances stability, as does the dynamic lift provided by the foil system. When underway, the foil system lifts most of the float clear of the water (so that the bottom of the float skims the water surface, minimising drag), leaving considerable reserve bouyancy.

The performance and stability of the Catri24 in strong winds and high waves are equivalent to those of 8.5m - 9m conventional trimarans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beachcats International Magazine


A site for dinghy catamaran sailing and racing. Designed for speed, on hand held computers. Hoping to attract youngsters into sailing as well as adults. 

 

Catapult | Challenger III | Dart 15 | Dart 16 & Vortex | Dart 18 | Dart Hawk | Hobie 15 | Hobie 16

Hobie Fox | Hurricane 5.9 | Hurricane 6.5 | KL 15.5 | KL17 | KL18 | Marlin | NACRA Inter 17

NACRA Inter 18 | Prindle 15 | Prindle 16 | Shearwater III | Spitfire | Stealth | Topcat 15 | Topcat 18 | Vortex & Dart 16

What do you think - e-mail us

 

 

Adasta 42.5 meter luxury trimaran  

 

The 42.5m 'Adasta' luxury trimaran yacht turns a few heads wherever it goes

 

 

 

Gato Verde Adventure Sailing

 

At Gato Verde we provide clients of all ages and abilities with a fun and unique outdoor sailing adventure. Customized sailing lessons or carefree skippered sailing charters can run from 1.5 hours to seven days aboard our comfortable and efficient 42 foot long catamaran.  Either charter option will provide our clients of all ages & abilities with a memorable outdoor adventure. 

 

Gato Verde is based in Bellingham, Washington at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Historic Fairhaven, the southern terminus of the Alaska Ferry. Bellingham is located just 90 minutes North of Seattle and 60 minutes South of Vancouver, BC. Consider a sunset cruise or hosting an event out on beautiful Bellingham Bay in the shadow of Mount Baker.

 

360-220-3215  email us   site map

 

 

Building a Modern Composite Catamaran


Interested in building a composite catamaran but didn't know where to start? 

 

Building a catamaran for most people is converting a dream into reality.  However it can very easily turn into a nightmare.  It requires a major commitment of time, money and family life.  I began building a Schionning Waterline 1160 on December 16th in 1997 and launched it 2 years later.  I documented and photographed the building process in detail and then produced a CD-ROM which will hopefully give you an idea of what building a modern catamaran entails.  If you decide to build a catamaran it will give you a "step by step" guide, or at the least heaps of ideas to save you money and time.

 

Bruce Hodgens - P.O. Box 6022, Townsville, Qld, 4810.  Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://multihulldesigns.com/

 

KHSD is a Custom and Commercial Design Service for Multihulls in Power and Sail - Creating Catamarans, Trimarans, and Proas at the Cutting Edge of Sailing Technology

 

 

Kurt Hughes 71' flared hull trimaran design

 

Kurt Hughes 71' flared hull trimaran design

 

 

I have the most up-to-date, uncompromising catamarans and trimaran designs available today. To begin planning your custom watership, please go to Custom Designs.  (Very slow to load website)

 

 

Kurt Hughes catamaran design

 

 

Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs


612½ W. McGraw St., Seattle, WA 98119, USA
Phone: 206.284.6346  Fax: 206.283.4106  Email: Kurt Hughes

 

 

Go-Sail


Go-Sail is about the construction and sailing of Bahama Hunter our Ian Farrier designed and built F-33 

 

 

A multihull boatbuilders in sarasota, FL


lots of info and pictures about composite multihull construction

 

I first got into multihulls as a child growing up in Zamboanga, Phillippines, where we sailed and skindived off of double outrigger sailing canoes (vintas) built of mahogany, rattan, and bamboo. An fisherman named Tajani built a special "racing" version in our front yard one season, with a lightweight tarred rattan hull upper section. the sails looked something like this. Unfortunately, just like an immaculately finished dingy i built some years later, it proved too attractive to a thieverish eye and disappeared off the beach shortly after launching, never to return. (i built another bolger dinghy just like it, and had my six year old daughter go after it with a spray can and instructions to paint our phone number large. Later on i built another bolger boat, an AS39 named Wizard)

 

Several (quite a few) years later i started sailing hobie cats, wearing out several, and while getting a degree in computer science at new college, ran the (very small) sailing program there for a while, and somehow managed to build a 7-meter Wharram cat for myself in my spare time. That led to a number of projects including the aforementioned bolger, cabins for a 40' cat, a full refinish on a 1926 S-boat, and a general gutting and refit of a Lagoon 47 for circumnavigation. An affinity for wood has led me to an appreciation especially of Kurt Hughes and Chris White's multihull designs. However, building in structural foam is getting easier and cheaper, and we will be using more of it.

 

Catamaran Construction
Sarasota FL 34236 - 941.323.5122 (new phone)

 

 

 

Trimaran design by Hank Brooks, Water Skipper

 

Trimaran design by Hank Brooks F31

 

 

LIGHTSPEED 32 One Design


All-carbon rocket-ship from VPLP Race-boat quality production cat
www.lightspeedboats.com

 

 

Simple & Light.    At LIGHTSPEED we believe a simple, light boat is faster, safer, easier to handle, less expensive to buy and maintain, and -- most importantly -- more fun to sail. 

 

The carbon-nomex LIGHTSPEED 32 has a target weight of just 2200 pounds / 1,000 kg, (that’s all-up ex crew) -- incredibly light for a 32’ boat designed and engineered to race safely offshore.

 

The LIGHTSPEED is simple and easy to sail.  With a self-tacking jib and VMG gennaker on a roller furler, the LIGHTSPEED 32’s layout is clean and uncluttered. Major controls are led to each side of the cockpit where they are within easy reach. The accommodations are simple and light, with no extraneous

info@lightspeedboats.com


 

 

Crowther Catamaran


Crowther 228 Catamaran Crowther 228 Catamaran
www.ciboatsales.com/

 

We welcome boat sellers to contact us for advice on pricing and marketing, and boat buyers to discover how easy selecting the right boat can be with the aid of a professional service.

Our website is updated daily, so please add us to your "favorites" list and watch this space.

 

Contact Channel Island Boat Sales.

10-12 Commercial Buildings, St.Helier, Jersey, United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)1534 869555  Fax +44 (0)1534 869444   Email Us


 

Catamaran boat yard


South Coast specialists Moorings, storage, lifting

Thornham Marina is a haven of peace and tranquillity, favoured by boat owners who hanker after marina facilities with the flavour of a working DIY boatyard. Situated in beautiful Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will find us at the head of Prinsted Bay, on the east side of Thorney Island. By road, we are conveniently located near Emsworth, about 10 minutes from the bottom of the A3 (approx. 1 hour from London and 15 minutes from Portsmouth).


www.thornhammarina.com

Tel: 01243 375335  Fax: 01243 371522  Email: info@thornhammarina.com

 

Thornham Marina - Thornham Lane, Prinsted, Nr. Emsworth, Hants. PO10 8DD

 

 

 

Groupama 1 trimaran bare hull in white

 

 

 

Catamarans  www.multihull-maven.com


In-depth guide to 100s of catamaran models plus 1000s of used boats, here is a comparison of monohulls, catamarans and trimarans that covers all the key issues of multihull (or not) sailing. Quickly pick up the basics, or delve much deeper into any of the issues in which you are particularly interested.

 

Which boat suits you best depends on what turns you on most in a sailing boat. If it is traditional nautical looks, you might have to look at a lot of multihulls before they start to look as handsome as a classic monohull with swept teak decks. If it is sailing at 10 degrees of heel in a blow, then no amount of ballast in a monohull will provide what a cat gives without complaint. Don’t be mistaken, there are beautiful multihulls, as there are some that don’t sail as well as you might hope to think. Here you can find out (in what level of detail you need) what governs the key issues, including: Performance, Safety, Handling, Comfort and Price. It will help you along the way to making an informed decision with confidence.

 

Pipkin Meade Ltd.,  P.O. Box 143, Valletta CMR01, Malta

Tel: +356 2122 0270   info@multihull-maven.com

 

 

 


www.touchbase.org

Pick up any sailing magazine with a picture of sailors having a great time and you'll see a picture of a catamaran. Sailors have come to appreciate the speed, comfort, and convenience of sailing flat. Unlike catamarans, (cats), monohull sailboats must drag the weight of a mid-size car underneath their keels to keep the boat upright in a strong wind. Cats provide a stable platform and a shallow draft (3'3") that allows the boat to navigate areas monohullers wouldn't dream of. With four water tight compartments (one on each hull corner) and cored construction, Prout cats are unsinkable and are very stable.  (A Prout catamaran has never rolled over, ever.) In a very extreme case of rolling a catamaran, the cabin can be accessed to safely retrieve food and stores while waiting for help. Compare this to the alternative available to monohullers of waiting in a rubber raft with minimal stowage.

 

38' Prout Cat for Sale  Ready to cruise-Lying Annapolis, MD

 

Jerry Taylor  -  703-567-0308   taylorjerryt@att.net

 

 

 

Yellow Pages trimaran Endeavour foil triple hull

 

 

 

Women Sailing San Diego


Women sailing excursions Learn to sail. Personal lessons.
www.womensailingsandiego.com

 

Vacation in San Diego and learn to sail. Voted one of America's top 10 sailing destinations, San Diego Bay offers the perfect venue for a sailing holiday. Stay aboard a luxury yacht and learn the art of sailing in a comfortable, stimulating,

 non-threatening and genuinely fun environment. All classes are American Sailing Association Certified and are taught by a U.S. Coast Guard licensed female captain. Choose any of the two day classes, or take all three of the classes in a six day live aboard package.

 

It’s more than just a sailing school. Enjoy morning stretches or yoga, a mid week massage and evening strolls along the scenic skyline of San Diego. The bay is home to sea lions and seals, while just offshore whales, dolphins and pelagic birds can be seen.

Arrive a day early or stay an extra day and visit the Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Gas lamp District, Old Town, Coronado Island or just relax by the pool. Your stay aboard a luxury yacht and healthy gourmet style cuisine is all included in the price. It is a time to embrace the friendship of other women and to renew your sense of accomplishment. Do something for yourself, or it’s great to share with mom, sister or grab a friend and set off to America’s Finest City for a wonderful sailing holiday. No experience needed.

 

Once you have mastered the basics of sailing, join us in paradise for sailing . For the adventurous woman who likes to travel, join a carefree sailing holiday in Australia, Tonga, French Polynesia or the Balearics. See places only sailors can visit. All with the security of an experienced woman skipper, bring only an adventurous attitude and the desire to realize your dreams.

619-994-9486

Broad Reach Sailing
Capt. Leslie Steinkoenig
2726 Shelter Island Dr. #363
San Diego, CA 92106

 

 

 

Corsair Trimarans    www.corsairmarine.com


In 21 years we have built 1400 high quality trimarans around the WorldExtraordinary speed and effortless acceleration are trademarks of Corsairs. Their ability to fly on a puff or generate their own high-power apparent wind is legendary. Without a lead keel to create drag, and with tangible buoyancy in construction technique and materials, Corsairs are powered effortlessly by their high-performance sails.

 

 

Trimaran by Corsair Marine

 

 

Email  corsair@corsairmarine.com   or  Corsair Marine, 150 Reed Court, Chula Vista, CA 91911, 1-877 FAST TRI, (619) 585-3005, fax (619) 585-3092.

 

 

 

 

Dufour Yachts

 

We are celebrating the Dufour 365 crowned BOAT OF THE YEAR 2006
in London by IPC magazines Yachting World, Yachting Monthly and Practical Boat Owner 

 

DUFOUR YACHTS
1, rue Blaise Pascal, 17187 Périgny cedex, FRANCE

Tél:  +33 (0)5 46 30 07 60  Fax:  +33 (0)5 46 45 46 96

 

 

 

Dismasted trimaran at sea

 

 

 

 

Harken | JBoats | Beneteau USA | Neil Pryde Sailmakers | International Finn Class, International 49er Class | J24 Class | Seamaster Sailing | Powerboat Magazine 

Seahorse Magazine | Offshore Racing Council | Royal Ocean Racing Club

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Sailboat Builders / Importers


American Sail
Beneteau
Colgate 26
Com-Pac Yachts
Dufour Yachts
Escape Sailboats
Fast Passage
JBoats
LDC Racing Sailboats
Ovington Boats
Pacific Sportboats
Shumway Marine
Skimmer 25
Ultimate Sailboats
Vanguard Racing Sailboats

Instruction


J World Sailing School
Lanier Sailing Academy
New England Competitive Sailing Center
Offshore Sailing School
Performance Racing Seminars
Posey Sailing Simulators

 

Charters


Port Yacht Charters
Windward Islands Cruising

 

Books, Magazines, Videos
Plans, Charts


Armchair Sailor Books
Blue Water Sailing magazine
Chris White Designs
Dr. Stuart Walker's Sailing Books
Harborwatch
Ocean Navigator magazine
SailCoach
Schooner America Video
Seahorse magazine
Speed and Smarts


Owner's Associations


Hunter Owner's Association

 

Yacht Designers / Marketing


Bob Ames Naval Architecture
Chris White Designs
Farr International
J Fest
Van Gorkum Yacht Design

 

Media


Chris Cameron Photography
Daniel Forster Photography
Daryl Cross / Photo Action
Marine Pics
Peter Bentley Photography
PPL Photo Agency
Max Ranchi Photography
Sea See Photography
Steve Arkley / Sail Shots Photography
Thierry Martinez Photography


Weather Services


Commanders Weather
Sailcast

 

Marine Finance


BoatsBank.com

Sailboat Hardware and Accessories


Absolute Knives
Advanced Composites Manufacturing
Bellmore Johnson Signal Cannons
Creative Marine Products
Dwyer Aluminum Mast Company
Harken Yacht Equipment
Hood Yacht Systems
JCD Custom Raceparts
Marine Optics.Com
Mariner's Hardware
OceanAir Marine
ParaTech Sea Anchors
Performance Yacht Systems
Ronstan
RWO
Seitech Launching Dollies
Speedtech Instruments
Spinlock
Superspars
Titan Winch Handles
Waterproof Cameras.com
Yachting Essentials

 

Sailmakers


Contender Sailcloth USA
Hyde Sails
Moorhouse Sailmakers
Neil Pryde
Scott Sailmakers
UK Sailmakers

 

Brokers and Chandlers


Annapolis Sail Yard
Farr International
Thoroughbred Yacht Sales

 

Sailor's Clothing


America's Cup Jubilee Gear
BetaSail
Camet International
CollegeSailing.com
Foulweathergear.com
OceanWorld
ReSails / POSH Yachting

 

Nautical Art , Gifts and Jewelry


Artesa
Benzie of Cowes
NorthStar Art Gallery
Sea Graphics
TNG: The Ultimate Sailing Watch

 

Sunglasses


Dirty Dog

 

 

 

 

Aerial view of a beautiful trimaran blue water sailing

 

Aerial view of a beautiful trimaran blue water sailing

 

 

 

AdventurousWench.com -Discover the world with Adventurous Wench and enjoy first-class active vacations. Specialists in women adventures, women only travel, women's adventure travel, woman only vacation, and women tours' 

 

Adventure Travel Guides - OuterQuest.com - OuterQuest.com is the leading resource for adventure travel planning and outdoor recreation. We are a direct marketing company that uses our products, services, & events to promote your adventure travel programs. Our partners are dedicated to enhancing communities by bringing together individuals and groups in adventure recreation.

 

BoatUS has long supported efforts to get more women involved in boating. Whether you're interested in sailing, racing, power boating or fishing, women of all ages find that time spent out on the water is enriching in so many ways.

 

CanyonCalling - Adventure trips especially for women.

 

Cruiser Log - Yacht position reports, Cruising narratives and voyage logs, Sail Chat, Marine radio net frequencies, Free crewfinder, Cruising FAQ's, Sailing news, Discussion boards and forums, Boating books & Ebooks, Sailing and cruising links.

 

Coronado Island Hotels, Dining and Attractions - Site to book a hotel in Coronado, find information about Coronado, and see lists of dining and attractions in the Coronado area and San Diego County.

 

Marine Mentors - Our licensed Captains specialize in training new boat and yacht owners, to handle their own vessels with confidence, patience and safety in mind.

 

San Diego Beach Hotels - San Diego hotels and lodging as well as discount travel and vacation information for the city of San Diego, California at Live.Net/SanDiego.

 

San Diego Sailing - Features local weather, great sailing photography, instruction resources, sailing and racing news, yacht sales sites and sailing links as well as advertising opportunities for sailing related products and services. http://www.SanDiegoSailing.com

Women's Yacht Racing Fleet - Women's Sailing Clubs San Diego -
http://www.wyrfsd.org

 

San Diego Hotels and Resorts- Find the lowest rates for San Diego hotels and resorts as well as invaluable travel information.

 

 

Corsair 750 trimaran sailing boat

 

 

 

Sea It All Here - Web site built for boaters by boaters. http://www.seaitallhere.com

Seattle Women's Sailing Association - Seattle Women’s Sailing Association (SWSA) is dedicated to uniting women with a common interest in sailing. http://www.swsa.com

 

Trips for Women - We are thrilled to offer group travel vacations for women only to Negril Beach, Jamaica. These trips are for you if you are married, divorced, widowed, or single. Our mission is to provide women travel options with the comfort and safety of a group.

 

True Wind USA Unique collection of nautically inspired sailcloth duffel bags, tote bags, backpacks, accessory bags and outerwear. Our products are individually handcrafted in the USA and made using traditional sail-making techniques and real marine accessories.

 

WomenSailing.org - Dedicated to enriching the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing.

 

Adventure Travel: Adventure travel, sailing vacations, activity tours and travel destinations

 

Retire in North San Diego County - Web's most detailed information site for considering North S.D. County in Southern California, with its 70 Senior Communities, as your Active Retirement Destination.

 

Yacht Charter Guide -The world´s most comprehensive list of yacht charter companies.

 

 

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INFORMATION FOR YACHT DESIGNERS

 

 

 

 

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Sailing Magazine  Sailing Magazine

 

CW&SW crusing and sailing world  Cruising World & Sailing World

 

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Sailfree   Sources

 

 

Boat Traderonline

 

 

Boat News

 

Boat Owners World

 

Terraorgmed

 

Sailcast wheather information for sailors  Sailcast Weather Update

 

 

 

Walker wingsails trimarans  - Youtube

 

Monster triple multihulls - Youtube

 

Maxi tri banque trimaran - Youtube

 

Trimaran kite surfing - Youtube

 

Hydroptare 51 knots  - Youtube

 

 

 Whisper 29 trimaran - Youtube

 

FLynano Electric 3 point plane - Youtube

 

 Amphibious flying triple hull - Youtube

 

 

 

Kulo Luna the $billion dollar whale a modern Moby Dick adventure with John Storm and the Solar Navigator

 

A modern Moby Dick adventure

on the high seas by Jameson Hunter

 

 

 

 

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