The aim of this site is to provide sound technical advice to help users, builders and potential buyers of small sailing multihulls, come to a wise choice for their particular personal needs. 'Small' in this case are multihulls under 10m.
It aims to provide reliable data, with methods by which issues such as stability, safety, strength and speed can be assessed.
It will also review various building materials and construction methods, plus the pros and cons of optional features, such as folding and de-mountable systems and more.
It will attempt to provide reliable answers for technical questions submitted by readers, and those considered to have broad interest will be published here under the appropriate subject heading.
There will also be reference to other technical articles deemed to be of relative interest and the various pros and cons of tris vs cats may be included.
Overall, the site aims to be a prime source for all things technical associated with this specific subject… and I invite boat, material and equipment suppliers to link to the site, submit their products for review and also for building material suppliers to do the same.
I will be neither selling or representing any particular product (other than my own technical reports and possible designs) so aim to remain as unbiased as possible in my reviews and opinions. All revenue from plans sold is thrown back into 'the world of trimaran sailing' through additional articles of design and towards offsetting the many hours spent in free guidance for those who write in for advice. So yes, this is most definitively a Non-Profit effort ;-)
I remain open to any developing ideas relative to this subject, and invite readers to use the Questions & Comments form for this purpose. ENJOY ... it's Free! My way of thanking all those who, one way or the other over many years, taught me!
Everything you need is accessible through the HomePage if you know where to look. Here is a short guide. If you are more of a Graphics person .... then check out the image below ;)
On the LEFT HAND side, there are two very important panels. First a white SEARCH panel specifically for this website, where you can just type something you want to check, (such as: "Lightning"; "Hardware Mounting"; "Reefing" etc) and it will take you to a link that includes whatever you typed in.
Below the SEARCH panel, there is a YELLOW panel marked "Latest Postings". Clicking here will bring down a list of the most recently added articles, with the month it was posted. This saves an avid reader from having to look through previous articles and subjects, just to see what's new and so far, unread.
Below this again but still on the LEFT, are TWENTY main (top level) topics (in white on blue), so that if you are searching for something 'design related', you can click on Design Issues or the same for say, Construction Issues or Folding Systems etc. These top level subjects are 'the doors' to find and open some 200 more specific links.
Please note that for all content on this site, this represents just 'my personal professional opinion', but while not everyone can be expected to agree with me, its based on knowledge, training and experiences accumulated over some 70 plus years, over half of which has been as a trimaran owner and designer.
Below these chapters, is the current TOTAL NUMBER of Articles published on the Website, and then an access link to write to me. Below that again are links to different Small Trimaran Reports.
Down the center column of the HomePage, is first the W17 MAIN PAGE giving some 50 links to cover all aspects of the boat, design, construction & operation, with snippets of comments from a small sample of owners and/or builders.
To complete the center column, there's a link to the multipage "WATERS EDGE", a blog-like chatter including news from other builders, followed by a link to the W22 Main Page (also with multiple links) at the bottom.
The RIGHT HAND Column, covers links leading directly to popular articles with a clear title .. such as "Wing Mast" or to "Published Articles".
Hope this helps .... and again, ENJOY and SHARE. And if there's an article of specific interest to you that is not yet published, please let me know and if there's enough need or interest, I will see what I can volunteer on the subject, but only if it's within my range of knowledge and experience.