I've got a 1985 Dragonfly 25 demountable trimaran that I purchased without knowing that it had one float (ama) badly damaged and really badly repaired.
I've been doing what I can to fix it, but it is now clear that it will always be about 60 pounds heavier that the undamaged float.
The way I see it, I now have three choices:
1. Add weight to the undamaged ama (this is what the previous owner had done) and live with it. One thing that makes this not quite as bad as it might be is that I believe that this boat's hull shape and float buoyancy can carry weight better than some.
2. Take a mold off the undamaged float and build a new one. I don't really know how to do that. I also don't really know if or how many right hand left hand problems I'd wind up with.
3. And this is the one that i like best in a way- fix up what I've got for now and go sailing, but then build two new floats. Hire a designer and start from scratch. The simplicity of the demountable system (it uses mast sections for beams) seems like it would make this pretty easy compared to a folding system.
The DF-25 has quite high volume floats already, but I could take advantage of any design and/or construction developments, such as the original floats have no watertight bulkheads which the new ones could have.
But what construction method would be best? Any ideas or thoughts for me?