demountable trimaran for the caribbean and south pacific

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  1. cloudsrule9
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    I'm looking for the best small "liveaboard" Trimaran to island hop in the Caribbean and the south pacific. Exactly where in the south pacific will be dictated by the boat we pick.

    So we are a young(ish) couple (28 and 29) looking to go exploring for a couple of years. We want a boat with a shallow draft to explore shallow lagoons, and something that can dry out or be beached. We want a simple boat that is easy to sail and seaworthy.

    Just to make things difficult we want to be able to put in inside a 40 ft shipping container so that we can post it places if we don't fancy the ocean crossing (and we probably wont). Taking a few days or a couple of weeks to take it apart and put it back together isnt an issue, we will probably only ship it 3 times (UK to USA, USA to french polynesian, Oz to UK). Or we might sell it in OZ.

    We are after something that has a moderate level of comfort which for us is a permanent double bed, a permanent galley with 2 gas hobs and an oven, toliet that is not a bucket (girlfriends requirement), and ideally a fridge.

    Headroom in the galley should be 1.60 m if possible. Sitting headroom elsewhere is okay. Shade , of some form, for the helmsman is required (i'm British and ginger)

    There is a similar thread running about catamarans. I started this one in response to that thread.
     
  2. Corley
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    I think Kurt's demountable D30 design would go close to fitting your requirements. It should all fit in a 40' container. I'd build the full length carbon beam option in preference to the original tube or mono slip trimaran setup.

    http://www.multihulldesigns.com/designs_stock/30sdtri.html
     
  3. magentawave
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    I was thinking you should check out Kurt Hughes designs too.
     
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    The Buccaneer 24 and 28 is still outrunning everything in its class up to a F31 and very roomy.
    His son has been approached about the plans many times but he has no interest. Normally the reasoning is to sell the plans is to supply support for the plans and he is into much bigger things now. I'm not speaking for the man just repeating what I read.
    This is not the only case where plans find their home in public domain.

    The B28 is just a streached B24 so I read.
    https://trimaranproject.blogspot.com/p/lock-crowther-bucaneer-28-trimaran-plans.html
     
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  5. magentawave
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    Why wouldn't Crowther still own the rights to the Buccaneer plans?

    EDIT: I just tried to find the Crowther website and couldn't. I thought his son took over. Did they shut down their multihull design business?
     
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    They only do commercial power cats these days.
     
  7. tooclose
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    I have read that Crowther's son has been approached time and again concerning his fathers work and he does not respond.
    Normally, when owners do this they are washing their hands of supporting the plans they sell.
    The plans back when first produced were not copy righted either so when the author departs and heirs have no need then it basically becomes public domain.
    Another example is the carbondragon airplane. The authors passing left the plans in public domain because the heirs had no use for such and the plans are circulated.
    That is just an example that comes to mind.

    The mindset is preserving the hard work of the author.
     
  8. redreuben
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    tooclose is correct. The design office wants nothing to do with Locks work, rumour has it the plans were all locked away for some "legal" reason but I can't clarify that. The plans that have come to light from private sources have been circulated online for some years now with no consequence.
     
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    Oh, and the 28 is not a stretched 24, completely different build method.
     
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    I'm interested in the difference between the 24 and 28 build methods. Do you have any more info?
     
  11. Corley
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    The link for the plans on the blog has been visited more than 2000 times since it was posted. I'm not sure how many individual downloads that equates too but I'm yet to hear of a Bucc 28 being built from scratch using them, would love to hear if someone has started one.
     
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    redreuben redreuben

    Bucc builds

    Essentially the 28 is built with frames and stringers on a strong back. The 24 has the stringers fixed to the skins then wrapped around the frames no strong back.
    See the relevant threads. Sorry Op for the distraction.
     
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    both my monitor and printer would not render the fine details very well unless I expanded the image to the largest size.
    However, I took the plans to the print shop and they printed very nice at about 11x14, very legible.
     
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    Because the son is too busy making a fortune off of the big stink pot yachts.
     

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    If anyone has a link to the buc 24 plans could you post the link?
     
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