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18 September 2014    0 comments

1980 sailing rocket w/ trailer

Seeing a Stiletto catamaran in 2014 always causes a “what the hell happened?” moment. The Stiletto was launched in 1975, the first (and possibly the last) production boat moulded in an autoclave of prepreg epoxy fiberglass/kevlar over a Nomex honeycomb core. This was aerospace tech for the middle class, and the multihull future looked bright indeed back in the 70’s. The styling was pure aerospace as well, and the boat stoked my... Read on »

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Stiletto

17 September 2014    0 comments

A Victorian Catamaran in San Francisco

This photo of a top hatted Victorian era gentleman sailing a catamaran named “Duster” by the San Francisco waterfront has recently come to the attention of the internet. After some initial uncertainty as to its vintage, the craft is now known to date from 1894, as in that year it participated in sailing regattas run at Sausalito, California by the San Francisco Yacht Club.

Unfortunately, beyond its name, not much more is known.... Read on »

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Duster - Victorian era catamaran on San Francisco bay.

09 September 2014    3 comments

17’ Balinese Jukung in Victoria, BC

Here is a 17’ Balinese double outrigger canoe available in Victoria, BC, Canada. From the seller:

17’ Balinese Jukung can be sailed or paddled. This is a very rare opportunity to own an original imported hand made Bali double outrigger dugout canoe with a large carrying capacity & great stability and speed in the ocean. Add a small motor for more versitality. Can be disassembled for transport. This a beautifully sculpted Natural... Read on »

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Jukung double outrigger canoe

07 September 2014    2 comments

Multihulls at the 2014 Port Townsend wooden boat festival

Every year in September, Port Townsend turns itself into a virtual Victorian seaport bristling with wooden masts, steam funnels, pirates, boatbuilders and sailors, the smell of tar, varnish and frying cod, and thousands of tourists soaking it all in. The odd multihull is occasionally found nestled between the ratlines and the bow sprits… this is what I saw this year.

The only “multihull” to claim bonafide antique status was the... Read on »

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Festival overview

02 September 2014    3 comments

Vaka Motu - work boat and beauty queen in one

Pacific Voyagers Charitable Trust is an NGO that builds sailing vessels that only an NGO could build. Neither the market driven yachting industry or corporate sponsored racing could even conceive of boats as cool as these, let alone build a fleet! This is Rangi, the second of the Vaka Motu line of inter-island cargo, passenger, and fishing double canoes. Intended not as a reproduction of prior art, the Vaka Motu imagine the future. The... Read on »

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Vaka Motu

01 September 2014    0 comments

Proa Luca Antara nearing completion

Luca Antara is a new 20m (65’-6”) proa nearing completion in Sagres, Portugal, and will be ready for sea trials early 2015, according to the owner and builder, Robin Warde. The hulls are strip-planked western red cedar sheathed in fiberglass both inside and out, with extra carbon fibre strengthening where required - mostly around the masts - but also around the beams. Most of the rest of the boat is built of foam. She features a... Read on »

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Luca Antara 1

20 August 2014    1 comments

Navy wingsail tri up for auction

As part of a government liquidation, the U.S. Department of Defense is auctioning off a 50-foot sailboat to the highest bidder.

But this vessel isn’t what you’d expect from a former Navy craft. The three-hulled, high-performance Contour 50 boat, which is now in Harbor Island, was used for “experimental training and recreational purposes,” according to Liquidity Services, Inc.

Built in the mid 2000s, the craft has undergone... Read on »

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Navy trimaran auction

18 August 2014    7 comments

Wharram Tiki 26 on Orcas Island

The Wharram Tiki 26 is a true micro-multihull cruiser. It features the now classic Wharram attributes of plywood/epoxy construction, deep V hull, no keels or boards, lashed beams, open and high bridge deck, and the Wharram “wing sail” sloop rig. The design is probably the most popular of all Wharram’s boats, and several examples have crossed oceans in safety. Find this one here on Craigslist in Deer Harbor, WA, for $6000. If the boat... Read on »

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Tiki 26

16 August 2014    2 comments

Sans dérive, sans safran

A report from Frédéric Monsonnec on the Golden Oldies Multihulls meet up in Port Camargue, France, May 29-June1, 2014. ~Editor

No centerboard, no rudder!

Every year, the Golden Oldies Multihulls association  organizes events in the Mediterranean (See Golden Oldies Trophy 2103 for report on the Sète meeting in 2013) and on the Atlantic coast. During these meetings, passionate fans of old racing multihulls (25 years minimum), gather... Read on »

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Zack rogerson on Lakana

16 August 2014    0 comments

Proa Rig Options: The Sloop

The sloop is the rig of choice on 90% of all modern sailboats. Why not on proas as well? Here’s why.

Rigging a proa as a sloop is a true blending of East and West. The proa is considered the pinnacle of Pacific canoe design, and the sloop is often considered the finest invention of Western "yachting". Brilliant in their own context, what happens when we creatively recombine their DNA?

First consider the sloop. Beautiful, efficient,... Read on »

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Madness