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.
It will attempt to provide 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, we aim to be a prime source for all things technical associated with this specific subject… and we invite boat, material and equipment suppliers to link to us, submit their products for review and also for building material suppliers to do the same.
We will be neither selling or representing any particular product (other than our own technical reports and possible designs) so aim to remain as unbiased as possible in our reviews and opinions.
Finally, we are open to any developing ideas relative to this subject, and invite readers to use our 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.
On the LEFT HAND side, there are two very important panels. First a white SEARCH panel specifically for this website, so just type something you want to check, (such as: "Lightning"; "Hardware Mounting"; "Reefing" etc) and it will take you to a link that includes what 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 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, Folding Systems etc. 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.
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 displayed below.
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.