Very large trimaran cruisers...?

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by AnthonyW, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. AnthonyW
    Joined: Oct 2012
    Posts: 115
    Likes: 10, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 19
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    AnthonyW Senior Member

    I am hoping this hasn't been discussed before and I have missed it...

    I was wondering if there are any very large superyacht sized trimarans that have actually been built? (To be clear - powered by wind - not motor trimarans).

    Yachts like the Perini 70m, Mari Char III and the Vertigo 220ft by Philippe Briand in a trimaran format would offer fast cruising with quite a bit more space on board for a fast cruiser with more comfort and more open deck space.

    Is it a docking space issue? If so the ama's could go beyond the accomodations and be semi-retractable?

    It it a function that above a certain size the benefits of a trimaran in terms of comfort (from rolling) become so minimal as to negate any benefit?

    Could be cost - building three hulls in this size as opposed to one?

    Or is it speed - once the hulls are so heavy that one cannot fly the wetted surface area is too great to benefit? I wouldn't have thought so but am I missing the mathematics of this somewhere?

    Or is it simply that superyacht owners would rather have for their money something looking more traditional?

    Or have I just missed in my search for trimarans this size category?
     
  2. Doug Lord
    Joined: May 2009
    Posts: 16,413
    Likes: 284, Points: 93, Legacy Rep: 1362
    Location: Melbourne, Florida

    Doug Lord Flight Ready

  3. AnthonyW
    Joined: Oct 2012
    Posts: 115
    Likes: 10, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 19
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    AnthonyW Senior Member

    Thanks Doug, but I was thinking more along the lines of a fast cruiser of some size, ie more sleek superyacht than big trimaran or bloated 'stack em up with tourists' boat. Sorry if I wasn't clear. Nonetheless the Cuan Law is not small by any stretch. I am just thinking something like Mari Char III with sleek outriggers could be extremely beautiful boat, and still fairly quick as well as roomy.
     
  4. Corley
    Joined: Oct 2009
    Posts: 3,696
    Likes: 151, Points: 63, Legacy Rep: 826
    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Corley epoxy coated

    The closest to what you have described I've seen are Kurt Hughes large trimarans. They are not quite superyacht sized but around the 60' mark.

    http://www.multihullcompany.com/Trimaran_for_Sale/HUGHES/PERRY_Trimaran/Rosinante

    http://www.multihullcompany.com/Trimaran_for_Sale/SS63/Atlantis

    and he has a concept for a 79' performance cruising trimaran.

    http://www.multihulldesigns.com/designs_stock/79tri.html

    There was a wide bodied trimaran built with foldable floats that was discussed in this thread post #39 onwards.

    http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/multihulls/wide-hulled-trimaran-37735.html

    VPLP have been promoting a few superyacht like trimaran concepts of late but they look more sail assisted motor yachts than performance trimarans as such. It's hard to make a good case for a trimaran in that superyacht application when catamarans do the job so well.

    http://www.superyachtworld.com/yacht-shows/monaco-yacht-show/86m-vplp-trimaran-concept-komorebi-9120
     
  5. AnthonyW
    Joined: Oct 2012
    Posts: 115
    Likes: 10, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 19
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    AnthonyW Senior Member

    Thanks Corley
     
  6. Corley
    Joined: Oct 2009
    Posts: 3,696
    Likes: 151, Points: 63, Legacy Rep: 826
    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Corley epoxy coated

  7. Doug Lord
    Joined: May 2009
    Posts: 16,413
    Likes: 284, Points: 93, Legacy Rep: 1362
    Location: Melbourne, Florida

    Doug Lord Flight Ready

  8. Corley
    Joined: Oct 2009
    Posts: 3,696
    Likes: 151, Points: 63, Legacy Rep: 826
    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Corley epoxy coated

  9. Doug Lord
    Joined: May 2009
    Posts: 16,413
    Likes: 284, Points: 93, Legacy Rep: 1362
    Location: Melbourne, Florida

    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    Cxl

    Not built yet as far as I can tell but the story says:
    Construction, in vacuum-infused epoxy, will be at Tamsen Maritim and the CXL will be marketed by Bluewater Yachting.

    The picture from behind doesn't do it much justice. The thing has retractable amas to make it narrow when that is an advantage. Except that it hasn't been built it seems to me to fit Anthony's description in the first post.
     
  10. eiasu
    Joined: Nov 2011
    Posts: 71
    Likes: 1, Points: 8, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: novutopia, Germany

    eiasu Junior Member

  11. AnthonyW
    Joined: Oct 2012
    Posts: 115
    Likes: 10, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 19
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    AnthonyW Senior Member

    Thanks

    Thanks Eiasu!
     
    1 person likes this.
  12. Rastapop
    Joined: Mar 2014
    Posts: 278
    Likes: 5, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 46
    Location: Australia

    Rastapop Naval Architect


  13. AnthonyW
    Joined: Oct 2012
    Posts: 115
    Likes: 10, Points: 18, Legacy Rep: 19
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    AnthonyW Senior Member

    I guess this makes Corley's point - in this size the trend is simply to build a catamaran. Lots of trimaran designs, but those actually build craft are cats.
     
Loading...
Forum posts represent the experience, opinion, and view of individual users. Boat Design Net does not necessarily endorse nor share the view of each individual post.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Your circumstances or experience may be different.