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LATEST NEWS on the new 17' build-it-yourself trimaran

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Posted December 11, 2013
Builders around the globe (now in 23 countries!) are steadily making progress with their W17s and seemingly enjoying the process.

Here is the latest one from C54 in Virginia, USA:

"Today was a major milestone as I attached the amas and got to see my boat full size for the first time. Wow — this is exciting — looks bigger and more capable than I ever expected! Even the neighbors stopped by and were astonished that this was all built from plans.
W17 Trimaran with Amas Mounted I have been working slow but steady for about a year and a half, and have greatly enjoyed the building process. I really appreciate the detailed plans and build manual. Everything has gone together well with no surprises. I think one of the keys to success on a project like this, is to try and do something on it every day. Between work and family, I don't have a lot of spare time, but I look forward to spending a little time most evenings adding some new touch to the boat. I will truly miss that once everything is complete. I plan to start on the mast soon, and expect to be sailing by the spring.
By the way, I just checked your web page and saw your recent launch and sailing videos. Just awesome! Your boat is beautiful and it's a real shame your sailing season was so short.
Cheers, Gary"

Christmas tree Posted December 8, 2013

The HOLIDAY SEASON is here !!!

So if you're looking to treat yourself to something with lasting value…or have a partner who really wants to gift you something special and unique—why not consider getting plans for the popular W17 as a gift this holiday season?

A couple of builders' wives did that last year and the builders of the family reported in, stating their contentment with the gift.
Just a thought ;-)
W17 Ama Fairing Posted January 10, 2013

Last September, I mentioned that I would get back later on some details covering:
Although more details on these items are now included in the updated Jan 2013 Edition of the W17 Build Manual, here's a link to more info for those who choose not to purchase the update. (Existing builders can get the new updated Manual for just $35, now with over 160 sketches and photos—just email me if interested.)

More info on Forward Fairings, Beam Alignment and Tramp attachment
Posted January 2, 2013

Just a note to all readers…

Yule tree HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! …and may you enjoy warm breezes and the many thrills & pleasures of sailing, throughout your sailing season.
A couple of builders let me know that either W17 plans or fittings would be found under their tree this Yuletide, so if anyone is on the edge of a decision, be sure the W17 fleet will welcome you and soon bring the 'pleasure and thrill of sailing' for you to enjoy. This is a boat your sailing buddies will envy, that is a blast to sail, yet is comfortable, stable and cost-effective to build.
See W17 Main Page for info, stories and reviews.
The white W17 Posted November 30, 2012

A new W17 was entered in the Taal Lake YC's annual regatta 'Round the Volcano' this year. The boat was sailed by two first-time multihullers but they still finished above the middle of the fleet. Sadly, their homebuilt mainsheet-car fell apart in the first race so they had to lash the attachment to one spot, making good sail trim nigh impossible. Nevertheless, they still reported having a great time and were impressed by the boat's stability and zip. "We've got a lot to learn, but we'll be back!"

Here's 3 pics that the race organizer kindly sent over.

The white W17
The white W17
The white W17 Posted November 20, 2012

Read the latest from the Philippines!

New sailors finally get their hands on a W17 and independently report: "This W17 is 'built like a tank but goes like a Formula 1'. Had a blast!"

Read more here…
Unfolding an Ama Posted November 1, 2012

The W17 is easy to unfold when you've lots of help, but what about when no one is around?

See article:
How to fold a W17 when alone
Posted October 16, 2012
Saws and Sandpaper are globally buzzing on more W17s…

Down in Tasmania, a neat looking ama gets ready for its closing bottom panel.

Here's a completed W17, where the owner chose to use a 30mm aluminum pipe as a mainsheet track (See article on Track Bending). Though less expensive, the one disadvantage is that the travelling car will fall below the pipe when the main sheet is slackened, unless one adds a small section (about 1 cm × 1 cm) to the underside of the pipe.

A builder in the US north-west, sets up a 2nd Ama on his own building frame—otherwise used for kayaks. Takes up less space than a table, as long as you have another bench to work on.

A W17 nears completion in Thailand—reportedly destined for a long, adventurous cruise if all goes to plan.

A main hull takes shape down south    


Rear end of W17 main hull ready for the deck in Virginia

This builder (USA) used a belt sander to good effect to create his plywood scarfs.
Posted September 4, 2012

Mike has been busy this summer on his own boat—plus a summer music job at a small Art Center—but here is how his personal W17 is shaping up.

Waterline view of port ama bow

If the top hinge pins are in the same alignment, all will fold well. Before trailing anywhere, the amas themselves must be supported by a centerline 'U' cradle.

Stern view showing a little varnish work, to remind viewers this is a wood boat.

Note the icebox-sized hatch in the foredeck. Trampolines will be next.

The unique fairing of the W17 forward beam—a distinguishing feature.

Later this fall, Mike plans to post articles covering the following details for the W17:
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