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  1. So C boards (the ones that fully retract) are all about lift, offering little resistance to leeway and at their best on a reach in flat water. The lift they generate does allow for lower volume amas with lower buoyancy wave piercing bows, if desired but that lift only occurs at speed and you can only “pierce” small waves and I mean small relative to the boat size. Small boats in flat water, OK but a 40’ trimaran ought to be venturing offshore, to justify it’s size and with that type of sailing other requirements become desirable. It might get windy and rough out there (read
  2. Boards in the floats add cost, complexity, weight, load up the beams, imbalance the boat and you still gotta put a structure under the mast to stop it spearing down thru the deck. Lifting boards in the floats together with a daggerboard in the main hull works great on big boats - over 50' min - but no way in an all round performance 40 footer - maybe for a reachamaran but then there's the proa option.
  3. Sure would and how about when the wife takes a walk up to that pulpit to get a snapshot of hubby flying his weapon clad in the inevitable crash helmet and Batman suit, does the whole flying circus take a bow and chuck everybody in the drink?
  4. Are they fast? What kind of numbers are we looking at here?
  5. Good friend owns one, previously owned a couple of F40’s and a carbon Roberts 22 ( super Supercat) - he loves the MC22, fits his needs perfectly. I helped him out with some performance upgrades - rotating the stock spar, Spectra rigging, different profile, durable sails inc. vertical batten furling jib and a screecher - fast, handy and comfy.
  6. I insure with an American company, haven't shopped offshore prices recently so not aware of their prices, like I said, they were a better deal years ago - early '80's - for ever ago! Anyway, what about these Rapido's? Anything new Paul? And if anyone wants a really quick, currently insured 40' tri right now give me a bell.
  7. With the pressure on to build quality but cheap there will be few capable experts involved, hands on, to oversee low hourly cost labor that was employed doing something totally different prior. John Shuttleworths’ most remarkable build, the 65’ Brittany Ferries, took two years of his life directing skilled carpenters with no pre-conceived ideas of composite construction blindly following his instruction to accomplish that amazing end product matching his design weights. The correct balance is tough to achieve.
  8. So Wess, how much did the rig cost and how much did you spend on insurance in 40 years? I never made an insurance claim either in over 40 years including all that you mentioned but the majority in personally, not pro built, multihulls. Never had a problem finding coverage either. Spent quite a lot of time fixing my pro built Cat in areas that certainly would have resulted in insurance claims had they not been remedied prior to failure instead of just paying the premium and filing the claim. Some amateur builders cruise extensively, I met a few on beautiful boats, others just li
  9. Comprehensive insurance used to be a good deal in the UK way back in the early 80’s when I first owned a trimaran, even including a short handed, double Atlantic crossing the premium was under $300 annually. I was shocked when it came time to place cover with an American company, four fold the cost just for coastal coverage, I guess the UK and Oz caught up. If you build your own boat you are probably not going to let anyone else fix it so comprehensive coverage becomes pointless and liability insurance is a fraction of the cost. If you are not prepared to take the risk and self insure you
  10. So watching that Verbatim/Bullfrog video (again) and having designed, built and sailed a boat so similar for so long I have to wonder how any commercial builder would feel at the prospect of one of their products being subjected to that kind of treatment. I took Chris White for a ride years ago and his comment at the end of the day - "It would be irresponsible to sell a boat built that lightly to the public!" These are serious toys for driven people, not that popular today and perhaps a dying breed - but soooooooo much fun.
  11. I totally agree Wess, Tiller - our St Francis Cat is the current active option and the auto pilot steers her - all the time. Being a bigger boat with two (small) inboard diesels passage times are not that different from our trimaran but she is a snore compared I will never tire of being wowed by the speed and responsiveness of the tri but it’s a younger guy’s tool and I well recall the day that I was having a blast driving her upwind in the mid teens through a decent chop when a cry from below announced my wife’s frustration at being pitched off the settee onto the floor whilst trying to
  12. Simple, light, fast accommodating 40’ catamaran? Did any of you guys check out the TRT 1200, it really fits the bill quite well, was out sailing with my friend last Wednesday at speeds at least comparable to 35 - 40’ Dragonflies, Farriers, Corsairs etc. The TRT is slow compared to my boat but here we go again with the need for light and simple for speed. The pressures for perceived comfort and luxury that owners, potential and actual, bring to commercial boat builders will continue to nix the the availability of really fast offshore trimarans. I wish Rapido all the very best with the
  13. The pressed performance you describe makes sense as the V form amas are too short and lacking in low down buoyancy aft, to prevent squatting with it’s associated big wake in light air but pressed there is a rapid rise in aft ama support, the boat flattens and - presto - off she goes. I witnessed this when the boat was new. The Constant Camber amas are much longer aft with the buoyancy distributed lower in the hull form, the pressed transition is much less pronounced and she moves right out in light air - where we do most of our sailing.
  14. Small world and a different guy, my friend is Pat from New Jersey, I guess if you build a John Marples SeaClipper you tend to regard the Jim Brown SeaRunner as your dream boat. The Marples was really nimble with a big roach main and full battened non overlapping jib, the Brown, obviously a much bigger boat is ideal for offshore cruising. Anyway, Trovao, back on subject, the SeaClipper 28 is an honest to goodness, simple to build and sail, capable and swift pocket cruiser. As my friend discovered, building and substituting more sophisticated amas is a nice upgrade and the boat is infi
  15. Wow - hell of a lot more bottom paint than the SeaClipper I knew but you gotta use what you have - serious cruise for that boat. I had almost forgotten, the original amas we’re abandoned in favor of longer, more buoyant “Constant Camber” amas that made the boat sail much faster and flatter, pretty sure the plans were John Marples designed and approved, they looked really nice but even in her original build, lightness won out over shape perfection and she was fast, a good bang for the buck - I know there is a shot of her tearing it up with a monster guy fighting the weather helm - the rudd
  16. Yep, looks just like my buddies - interesting color scheme, his is all white. The boat has been ashore for some years as he now owns a Jim Brown 34’ Seaclipper - built in Airex foam sandwich - she completed a circumnavigation before he bought her. I might have some pictures, will hunt them down, the wing boxes really opened up the interior, widened the deck, made the boat drier in chop but, not being attached to the beams, added no rigidity like they did on Transient. That foreword “berth” on Transient - Tim put a composting head in there - I use the bucket!
  17. Friend of mine built a beautiful example way back in 1984, all very fair with West products holding it together. With a tight interior I recall sleeping in a dome tent on the net with my wife at the 1985 Annapolis Multihull Symposium where we first saw Transient. My friend and his wife are little (she is tiny) people so it worked and later, when they had a couple of kids a box structure was added between the beams for two wing berths and it still worked for them, but you are a Big Guy Rasp!
  18. Volantis was launched with foil section, low aspect keels on the amas. They worked sort of OK in light air, flat water, good enough to correct second in the four hundred odd mile 1980 Chrystal Trophy which had a very high end entry as it served as a warm up/feeder for the OSTAR that year.Sanscara a 40 Crowther Buccaneer won with Lock himself aboard. Later that year we sailed over to Spain and got whacked with a full gale en-route, the boat did fine but the leeway in some pretty huge waves was unacceptable so I decided there and then that the boat needed a deeper bite in the water. Li
  19. Really Happy that Kevin and his Bro are rescuing Volantis. Hard for me to wrap my head around the misguided and almost vandalistic demolition of what was an elegant and effective world cruiser for two. I guess that’s what happens when you unleash a mono hull owner onto a trimaran - revenge!!! Fortunately she was built like a brick shithouse and the majority of the decay is skin deep on a structure that will only benefit from some aggressive fairing. Judging from the small amount of Kevin’s work I have seen and feeling his enthusiasm Volantis has a bright future, no reason
  20. Excellent, I wish you Good Luck with all three and can’t wait to see the 40 in person, hopefully a bare bones, performance version. I respect the fact that you have to offer all the bells and whistles for the marina based just talking fast brigade but more is always less for true performance. Hopefully you can persuade an owner to go for a well dressed shell and remind the sailing world just how much fun a truly fast offshore 40’ tri can be. Development of high performance 40’ multihulls has been going in the wrong direction for a long time.
  21. At last - some offshore trimarans to go play with! How soon? How much? How heavy?
  22. Trevor B, I texted him to check this blog cos it’s real late here for me to call him. I will be out of touch for a week (going offshore) but will call him if he does not respond. The boat is quite robust, nothing Mickey Mouse that caught my eye. The Torqueedo motor is a joke but that’s just auxiliary propulsion, a tiny gas outboard would do the job. I like a lot more reserve float in the ama bows but sail a lot more offshore and the Diam is a flat water boat. Maybe Steve wants to sell - ask him.
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