KLIS trimaran: owners wanted

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by zombat, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. zombat
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    zombat New Member

    Hello all,

    This summer I bought KLIS 3 trimaran (Bertran Rhodes design) in Estonia, Tallinn.
    Originally it was custom-build in Holland in 1985.

    I wounder if anyone own or owed this trim?
    IMG_4387.jpg https://drive.google.com/open?id=13ArUfsGsGrez6eILm4rPyL6eqDpePwJk
    TEkxBRK1_d0.jpg https://drive.google.com/open?id=12QTkO1NdlpoxhzlrTzgpeQTPzd8DhvLx

    I have a plan to make repairing.
    So I would be glad to get help from Klis owners. Also it is a good idea to share information about this project: ideas for interior, modifications, other tips and recommendations.

    1. Previous owner gave me blueprints (ask if you need information from it), but list of building materials in missed. It would be helpful to know about the type of wood and plywood for the hull.
    2. Does anyone have aluminum mast and wishbone (sizes are needed)? My trim has original spruce mast and wooden boom (made of wood and plywood). Both are heavy (44 kilo for the mast only) and it is difficult to work with sheaves. So I want aluminum items.
    BGK3lX6CmaM.jpg https://drive.google.com/open?id=12O10xvjMykFL9N9Ona0iXXtsh8fgGMJE
    rWsAbEQRxcI.jpg https://drive.google.com/open?id=12Q2tsh5dJrzMOJi3iFypw-D4pcRdJhTV
    3. Does anyone made folding amas?
    4. I have puzzled with jib fairlead. I have "T" section genoa track on the both sides of the cabin's top, but project has another jib fairlead. Present system works ok and gives you to manage sail twist, but in some courses it is not effective.
    IMG_20191205_215819.jpg https://drive.google.com/open?id=12K6EzQRZz-RMmEW-aI1LCn7bBossweWK
    5. Spinnaker/gennaker optimal size? Changes in sails?
    6. Ventilation of amas? A have only hatches on the center. I do not think that it is enough.
    7. Foils. They are made of wood, very solid and heavy. Also they swell on wetting and become wedged. Have a plan to sand-paper and use Eposeal-300. Does anyone replace it (aluminum, fibreglass/foam)?

    If you want I could post about modifications and repairing of my trim on this thread.
  2. Steve W
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    Steve W Senior Member

    Very cool little trimaran, for those that don't know the history of this design, Bernard Rhodes designed and built the original Klis back in the 1960s or early 70s in the UK and then crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans solo and settled in New Zealand, pretty impressive for a 22 ft plywood trimaran. He built Klis 11 in a friend of mines garage, im sure there were many improvements over the original but the ones that stand out were the stabilizing foils in the amas ,a wishbone boom and lengthening by a foot. I can't think of a better, proven, sea going pocket multihull design than this that has been designed more recently. Congratulations on awesome find.
  3. rayman
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    rayman Senior Member

    I believe Bernard Rhodes is still alive and lives on Waiheke Island Auckland. He would be the man to speak with.
  4. Kliss 3
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    Kliss 3 New Member

    Hi zombat, i have a kliss 3 and sailed it last year around croatia! I bought it with a wingmast and wishbone, but that was to heavy! I replaced the mast for a aluminium one. The prevoius owner took out the hydrofoils and placed a centerboard in the main hull, i upgraded the centerboard and it work fine. I can fold the amas under the main hull on a trailer. The beams have an extra folding point. I look for some more picture on my computer. Nice to talk about this super little boat :)
    Greetings martijn

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  5. Kliss 3
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    Kliss 3 New Member

    Here is some impression of the sail configuration.
    We also made genaker. I dont know the size but it is about 9 meters to the mast top. And 5 meters over the deck.

  6. Kliss 3
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    Kliss 3 New Member

    Here you can see how the amas are fold under the main hull. I can unfold on the trailer.

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    Last edited: Feb 2, 2020
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