Category Archives: Multihulls

Arthur Piver: Pioneer Trimaran Designer-Sailor

Arthur Piver (1910–1968) was a World War II pilot, an amateur sailor, author, printshop owner and legendary boatbuilder who lived in Mill Valley on San Francisco Bay. In the late 1950s, Piver (rhymes with “diver”) designed and built a series … Continue reading

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2008: No Tea on the “Tea Route” Record Breaker!

Published in Scuttlebutt Euope, 28 Sept. 2008 About this latest so-called “Tea Route” Record: like many sailing fans, I have followed the progress of Lionel Lemonchois and the crew of the 110′ catamaran Gitana 13 on their stop-and-go voyage around … Continue reading

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Vaquero: My 35 Years in D.I.Y. Trimaran Design

The boat in the title is a 21’/6.5m trimaran, VAQUERO, which evolved from the 19′ schooner VAKEA. It was built from a rough sketch in 1981 in 20 weeks, and first featured in Multihulls magazine the next year. I sailed … Continue reading

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2010: Multihulls from the Stone Age to the New Age

For many years they were a nautical oddity, their owners dismissed by the traditional yachting world as cranks and dreamers, but no longer! Today cruising catamarans and trimarans (collectively referred to as “multihulls”) can’t be ignored. They can be found … Continue reading

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2010: Duelling French Tri’s Demolish Trans-Atlantic Records

130’ Banque Populaire Covers 907 Nautical Miles in One Day! When two of the fastest offshore multihulls in the world, 105’ Groupama III and 130’ Banque Populaire V, arrived in New York in early June and went on stand-by for … Continue reading

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2010: Woody Brown (1912-2008) — father of the modern catamaran

Although cruising catamarans have really taken off in the last 10 years, Hawaiians have always known about the benefits of the “double canoe.” Legendary surfer and former glider pilot Woody Brown was. inspired by outrigger canoes he saw in the … Continue reading

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First Jules Verne Record of 79 Days

Around the World of Cam Lewis The record for sailing around the world non-stop has now been reduced to a stunning 45 days in 2012, and it’s getting hard to remember that just 20 years ago, a multihull voyage to … Continue reading

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2015: Florence Arthaud Dies in Helicopter Collision

She Held Both Solo Trans-Atlantic Records Copyright P.Marsh French yachting star Florence Arthaud, who broke into solo ocean racing in the 1980’s and became a sailing legend by winning the 1990 Route dy Rhum, died recently in a collision between … Continue reading

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2015: Will Maine Lobster Men Try a Trimaran?

Updating the Maine Lobsterboat                      Copyright Peter Marsh The traditional Maine lobsterboat has inspired many designers to create motor yachts that incorporate this working boat’s classic combination of a semi-planing hull … Continue reading

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2014 – Argentina’s 99 m Catamaran Ferry Burns Natural Gas

INCAT Design Sets New Standard   Copyright Peter Marsh Big catamaran ferries have always struggled to make headway in the Northwest, and the memory of the fast ferry fiasco in British Columbia is still fresh. But at the southern end of … Continue reading

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