18' Trimaran built for camping. Cutter rigged.

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by markstrimaran, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. trip the light fandango
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    trip the light fandango Senior Member

    Yep, otherwise I suppose you would need trusses to take the load which don't transport as neatly as they only fold laterally, quite a different path, they would increase roof span but often be in the way. Anyway, I like your concept and you have already set your approach. Maybe there is room for a little mizzen sail. they normally help control/balance , a small wind surfer sail maybe.
     
  2. markstrimaran
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    markstrimaran Senior Member

    I considered a mizzen, but the keel balance point is too far back.

    Then I typically only have about a mile of open water before the hills, and the trees, create some very dynamic wind conditions.

    A while back I cought a 20 knot breeze with only the main up. The windward ama lifted up and for about 400 yards. It was all I could do to not to peel off to Lee ward, and hit the rocks. I added a swing keel since, and blow out a dagger board cassette.
     
  3. trip the light fandango
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    I get the feeling that one of your main design concepts was about being able to lift the canopy off the truck with the mast. I also have made a rod for my own back,but my criteria are about sailing and camping on a budget, customising design, not speed of getting the craft into the water. It is interesting that your compromises dwarf just about everyone else's on this forum. being able to get to the water then get in quick relax and camp, on the water quickly, cheap. like you I also like to actually use my boat, cheers.
     
  4. markstrimaran
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    markstrimaran Senior Member

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    5 to 1 halyard tensioner, Aft masted rugged, with two stay sails. Hopefully this will flatten the sheets enough to pull through the airfoil curve enough to maybe fly a hull.

    The other options is a very pricey carbon fiber spar.

    Maybe a custom cut main sail.
     
  5. markstrimaran
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    markstrimaran Senior Member

    Ha I work 50 hours a week, I have about 8 hours of good sailing time, with 1 hour of rigging. Mostly unrigging in the dark. Singlehanded.
     
  6. trip the light fandango
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    trip the light fandango Senior Member

    Yep, that explains it, a single shorter battened sail seems like it would help, bracing the forestay by swapping it for a hinged stainless rod with its own hounds and spreaders that folds up to the mast when travelling might work. Small spinnakers are quite fun on tris because they're pretty easy to control using the bows of the maricat for the blocks, more ropes/sheets to fiddle around with though. Sounds like not much open water to utilize though.
     
  7. markstrimaran
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    markstrimaran Senior Member

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    Just to busy, to this summer. Went out twice, and worked about 50 times.
     

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    Then some hinge maintenance.
     
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