Modular trimaran/cat (formerly Clipper2)

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Clipper2, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Clipper2
    Joined: Dec 2011
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    Location: Tampa

    Clipper2 Junior Member

    Thanks to the useful information and inspiration on this site. Without it, whatever I built (She needs a name! TriTrek?) would not have been possible.

    Details:
    Sails smooth, fast and stable. Sailed with 2 people but can hold 3-4
    Entire boat, mast included can fit into 6ft pickup bed (see picture)
    All metal is aluminium or stainless steel
    Leeboard included, well balanced hull
    Hull, bow, and stern sections are in 4 ft sections which come apart
    Total assembled weight, < 200 lbs
    16 ft mast, comes apart in two 7.5 ft sections, mailsail and jib 129 sqft
    Includes trolling motor mount which swivels parallel to cross beams

    In attached picture you can see how left tramp and right tramp are at different levels. The left tramp can be loosened, raised off center risers, and floated/swung around stern and drop onto risers on rear stern with left ama joining with right ama to convert to (unsailable) catamaran. The trolling motor (not pictured, mounted on wood bracket on crossbeam) can remain in place throughout and actually functions in the gap between tramps when in catamaran configuration. Also, trolling motor swivels parallel to cross beams, so as to be out of the way.

    Swivel seats mount on top of risers, making it a comfortable dual purpose pontoon boat, or odd but comfortable looking beach trimaran with boat seats on corners.

    Selling to work on next project, message for more info.
    When I sell it and probably help assemble, I'll be sure to take lots of pictures with tri/cat configurations, seats, motor, sail up etc.
     

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  2. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    Tri Tek

    Congratulations on what looks like a great job!
     
  3. Clipper2
    Joined: Dec 2011
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    Clipper2 Junior Member

    Thanks, that personally means a lot coming from you! Think it has a market? Should I try Kickstarter? It could reasonably be offered for around $5,000, maybe less. To produce 20 boats, the equipment and labor needs are low, between 3-6 hours per boat. Also everything except mast would fit on a couple pallets.
     

  4. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    I may tri Kickstarter, after I research those types of companies, to raise money for my Crossbow fl(see the "sailboats" forum here). I've been part of numerous start-up's---be damn sure you have the numbers right and can convey the excitement and usefullness of the boat.
    Good Luck!

    PS-heres an article a friend sent me: http://www.businessbankoftexas.com/...e-edged-sword-for-product-design-startups.htm

    >Didn't realize I had saved so many potential funding sites:
    --funding site-I can't access it anymore because they say they don't support my browser: http://www.quirky.com/
    --another: http://gogetfunding.com/
    --another: http://www.indiegogo.com/
    --another: http://www.razoo.com/
    --another: http://www.gofundme.com/online-fundraising/
     
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