Expandacraft Trimaran

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Clipper2, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Expandacraft
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    I would say yes. The risers look to be quite high and cable stays or struts would help. I look forward to seeing what becomes of this design utilizing my modular hulls. After all, this is why I make them, so tinkerers can build whatever they want then take it apart and build something else. Ever hear of a product called Lego? Exactly.
     
  2. P Flados
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    A 20' center hull on a performance tri is usually subject to sizable structural loads. Some people may not understand what went into designing these boats and they may expect any hull to be just as strong as the one they saw somewhere else. People can be real dumb.

    You may want to be careful and make sure that buyers do not expect more bending strength than the product can safely provide.
     
  3. Expandacraft
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    Ah yes, The safety factor, Well, if the end user is smart then they will use some sort of stringer or other support to take the stress loads so it isn't incumbent on the plastic joints to hold the boat together. Most will be aware of this and deal with it in their designs.
    Expandacraft has several approved kits for recreational boaters but any tinkerer can buy parts and put them together how they please. I can't control that but I can lend support.
     
  4. BPL
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    Clever system Expandacraft. Do you have US distributors in place?
     
  5. Expandacraft
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    BPL,
    I'm working on that right now. Looks like I'll have one in Cleveland this spring and I may start a corporate store here in the Tampa area if I can find a suitable space. Also working a deal in Germany where space is much more of an issue than here in the States. Shoot me an email if you have questions about that. don't want to get "off topic" here.
     
  6. Clipper2
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    great idea Clipper2, I like it.

    I think my ability to focus on good suggestions would improve greatly if you could post pictures like that first one if the model on the trampoline was in a bathing suit.

    That should get the creative juices flowing.
     

  8. Clipper2
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    Clipper's first voyage

    World's first modular trimaran, made with Expandacraft hulls and Walker Bay sail.

    More of a proof of concept than prototype. Sailed amazing in light winds. Bows were a wonder on the waves. Took it out 3 times, no problems except tacking, no sure if a larger rudder would even help. Haven't sailed with jib yet, more pictures to come this fall.

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