New Designs Resort Trimaran September 29, 2016 kurt 7 Comments I’ve been modeling and producing shop drawings for this little unit for several years now. it looks like they might be in production soon. The idea is to be as simple to operate as possible for beginners. More details as I learn them.
7 thoughts on “Resort Trimaran”
What does it use for lateral resistance?
yes. nothing. is intended only for splashing around for non-sailors. am going to try and get a board kit offered as an option.
I like it, I think the hulls look great and the form is simple. Could be a tad wider with tramps and also what has already been noted regarding seating positions.
I sail a Bazooka tri which is smaller at around 12′ but is an amazing amount of fun as it allows you to move around the “deck” so to speak. We can easily take 4, 2 adults, 2 kids and the dog as well as tow an extra along on the kayak behind. I don’t think this machine has quite that versatility though??
Having said that I do like the poly materials, as we have pucnch a couple of holes in the Bazooka and flooded the main hull more than once, credit where it’s due though as it did not come close to sinking.
Wish this boat design well but think it needs a little more adapting for the crowd, after all most resorts hire out to families.
This type of small kayak trimaran seems to have a pretty solid sales outlook with the Hobie Adventure Island kayak/trimaran being the best selling boat in Hobie’s range for one year at least. They even made the tandem version to try to cash in further on the market. While they may not appeal to a strict sailing enthusiast they do have appeal to the more casual leisure market.
There are so many out there (weta, windrider, moth etc). I had outrigers for my kayak that folded up to increase stability when fishing or working on my cruiser. There are also many conversion kits for kayaks. Good luck!
The concept of a small trimaran for beginners is really good. I’m not sure of the idea about having sailors static in a cockpit. The fun wears off quite quick in this type of craft unless you can go really fast like in a foiler. So I think the better idea is to morph it a bit into a dingy cockpit like the Weta. Then the fun continues as you can move around, trim the boat, steer the boat like a normal dingy (vs using feet as in this design I presume) and take advantage of the extra Rm these things give you. The addition of outboard seats or backrests would multiply the fun even more. Kids like to fall off, get in muck around and learn as they go, so do some adults I know. I think it can be improved. Peter
agree. the design brief was exact. have to see what resorts do.