Category Archives: Sailing Multihulls

Elua has a new life

While in Oahu, I got to visit Elua (formerly Trilogy 2) thanks to Woody Brown (son of that Woody Brown).
A friend of his has it as a cruising boat now named Moana.
It was my first composite COI boat. In those days the USCG didn’t care if the builders followed the plans. Probably 1987.
A retired Australian metal worker told them that I was doing it wrong and they should do it the way Lock Crowther did it 15 years earlier.
Prior to this design I attended a great composites conference where Ron Reichard showed his OSTAR catamaran Fury, and how strong it was. I used his principles. I mentioned that.
The builder heard that Flury broke up at sea, and confused the two. He decided he didn’t want to build a boat that would break up. They followed the Australian.

Profligate at 25


That means I’ve owned my modified Hughes 63 built by Dencho in Long Beach for one-third of my life and half my adult life.

Man, time flies.

If I had the money and desire, I’d build almost the identical boat, but in carbon.

It’s about the maximum size cat you can singlehand or doublehand.

Yet we’ve also taken thousands and thousands people racing and sailing on her.

Speaking of 25, that’s the highest number of knots we’ve hit. Once under working sails, once under spinnaker.

One time south of Cedros we had her going 21 to 22 knots for an extended time, not straining at all. Waterline and the perfect point of sail were the magic ingredients, even when overloaded with crew, gear and Ha-Ha stuff.

Love dat cat!