Norman Cross Trimaran

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Jerry_Lincoln, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. braam berrub
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    braam berrub Junior Member

    kelldog
    I'm interested in the 28 - could you tell me a bit about it?
    what is the rudder configuration - skeg or spade?
    how's it sail?
    thanks in advance for any info.
     
  2. kelldog
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    Hello Braam;
    The rudder on my Cross is transome hung. It was designed to breakaway if something hit it to avoid damage. The boat sails well and I am still learning it's characteristics. The main hull was stretched 2 feet in the stern so it is 30ft really. Cross Trimarans are awesome.

    Kelly.
     
  3. braam berrub
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    Thanks Kelly.

    Is the keel as designed or was it modified also?
     
  4. kelldog
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    Hi Braam;
    My Cross has a centerboard in the main hull on the starboard side. I raise and lower it from the cockpit. Are you looking at a Cross? I think 99.9% of them will have a cross keel. I know of several 38 ft's out there and I did see one Cross 28 in Florida i think but have no info on it except it was for sale several years ago. it would be awesome to find the owner to compare notes.

    Anyway, hope this helps.
    Kelly.
     
  5. braam berrub
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    Thanks!
    Have you had any luck contacting Jeff Turner?
     
  6. kelldog
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    No, He has not responded back. I do need to speak with him. Strange. Hope all is well with him.
     
  7. sngatlanta
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    FYI I emailed Jeff on the 27 of Feb. 2010 and got a reply within a few days on 1st March so he's back in touch.
     
  8. kelldog
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    Thanks for the heads up. I emailed him and he emailed back pretty quick.
     
  9. Jemstruct
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    Cross trimarans are terrific - if I could get hold of Jeff Turner I would buy a set of
    Cross 18 plans! Can anyone help me? -- John
     
  10. DarthCluin
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    February of 2009 I emailed Jeff requesting a price for study plans for the Cross 26 and 27. Three months later he sent me an email offering the study plans for $25 each, or $40, for both boats. He also offered the full plans for both boats for $400 total. I seriously considered ordering the full plans, but the three month resonse time bothered me. I emailed him that I would like the study plans, and paid for them via PayPal.
    I never heard from him again.
    I could have filed a dispute through PayPal, but to this day I would still like the study plans, even though I am no longer interested in the full plans.
    Caveat emptor.
    If you are interested in building an 18' trimaran, go here:
    http://www.teamscarab.com.au/scarab18/design.html
    These are thoroughly modern designs, and the plans are only $150. They are emailed as PDF's within 24 hours.
     
  11. Jemstruct
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    Jeff gave an interview to Joe Farinaccio - "Small Tri Guy" - in March 2010 on his web site 'Small Trimarans' and others have reported successful contact with him on this forum. Also I have been told that he feels he has been the subject of 'identity theft', so I have not totally given up on him.
    On another tack Eric Dahlkamp, who has published a number of Cross 18 clips on You Tube, advertised an unused set of plans on this forum. Does anyone know his current contact address? Its just possible he may still have them, though it was many years ago.
    Darth, I've looked at Scarab already. A fine looking tri. and seemingly superb value.... but I would still like to pursue the C18! -- John
     
  12. oldsailor7
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    I had a Piver "Nugget" trimaran.
    I wanted more room in the main hull, so I eliminated the daggerboard case and fitted a Norm Cross LAR keel. It transformed the boat.
    We were able to sleep four in comfort and it went to windward well and tacked fast. I knew Norm well. He was a lovely guy, friendly and generous. :D
     
  13. Jemstruct
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    Do either Kelldog or sngatlanta have alternative contact addresses for Jeff Turner? They seem to be the two people who have been in contact with him most recently.

    oldsailor7 - I'm interested to hear about substituting a Norman Cross LAR keel on your Piver. Richard Woods used them to good effect on hit Strider Club for the same reasons as you did, and I see that McGowan and Schacht are proposing to use them on their Evergreen 6.0 concept design, but this is the first time that I've heard of them being used on tri's. Yes everyone says Norm Cross was a delightful chap - I wish I had met him.
     
  14. oldsailor7
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    I merely took the LAR keel as shown on Norms 24ft Tri and put it on the Nugget. Unfortunately I no longer have the drawings. :(
     

  15. DarthCluin
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    I have a general arrangement drawing of the Cross 24, but it doesn't detail the LAR keel. For what its worth, I do have a sheet of construction details for the Cross 30 that shows the a LAR keel.
     

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