The concept of using the two hulls from a dinghy size catamaran as outriggers for a Trimaran is not a new concept. Typhon, “Tough T” used Tornado hulls, both sailing extensively on the south coast and further afield!
In this case, I have used the two hulls off a Tornado as outriggers and the center hull from a DREAMCAT 585, which had the original moulded in stub keel removed. To balance the boat in length as well as buoyancy, the rear of the Tornado hulls have been champher off. The bow has been reinforced with KEVLAR, two large eyebolts added/glassed in and the deck is now bonded into place. The two Tornado hulls have additional bulkheads and hatches bonded in as the boat was used for cruising beforehand The high volume DREAMCAT 585 hull has sufficient space within the hulls for two persons to sleep comfortably. The addition of a small cuddly/cabin would make this a very comfortable extended cruising boat. However it could be left as it is and used as a day boat. The boat comes complete with a full Tornado complement of equipment including an additional reduced size main with additional reefing points added, and an Asymmetric spinnaker & pole. A new full length HARKEN track & traveller for the mainsheet is also included (cost £400+!) The original heavy duty (bit rusty) launching trolley is also included in the sale but would need modifying to take the center hull.
What is needed to get her back on the water?
A crossbeam system will need to be created. This could be the folding type using the existing Tornado beams cut in half, or new tube sections fixed in?
A pair of tubes from a Firefly Trimaran are also available. These are 4 inches in diameter and are about 25ft long.
The original trampoline could be cut in half and an additional length of track is supplied to fasten this to the main hull. The centreboards and rudders are supplied, however a large rudder will probably be needed for the main hull.
Trailer In addition to the Trimaran sale, is a fully galvanized flat bed trailer (non-braked) which has an extendable draw bar and mast support. This was used to transport the Tornado, but would now need modifying to take the centre hull as well.
Price £750 o.n.o.
REYNARD CRUISER, semi-decked GRP Open Canoe
Originally from the USA, the REYNARD CRUISER is 17ft 4in long, 35 inches wide, and was manufactured in GRP by Mobile Adventure during the mid to late 80’s. An ideal expedition or family boat, it is fast, stable and a delight to paddle.
In the mid 90’s the “galleon style stern” was added (by Valley Canoe) to allow the attachment of an outboard motor. This not only retained the fast hull shape at the waterline, but also provided greater room in the rear half of the boat.
After extensive use in a sailing form (something it does very well) the hull shear line was raised about 100mm at the bow and 50mm at the stern, which incorporated a molded glass gunwale, this stiffened the boat considerably!
Following this, a separate deck moulding was made (by Howard Jeffs & Peter Scott) which incorporates a fore and rear deck, side decks, as well as a center thwart. Storage/buoyancy compartments can be incorporated under the fore & aft decks.
The version for sale was produced by Howard Jeffs & Peter Scott. It is of lightweight construction with a foam core floor.
The boat comes complete with two aluminum masts, one with a sail track pop riveted to it. Two GRP tubes, which once bonded in place, could take the 4 aluminum cross tubes (supplied) if you wanted to use outriggers? Aluminum Outboard & Leeboard brackets & Outrigger clamps are also supplied.
Any GRP work (bulkheads, hatches, cross tube bonding etc) willingly undertaken at additional cost to help you get this craft onto the water.
Production Mould for DREAMCAT 5.85 Catamaran
This version of the DREAMCAT 585 is the low volume version of the hull, which is approximately 6 inches lower than the original. The stub keel has also been replaced with a center/dagger board, and a new deck moulded created. This version of the boat makes it an ideal boat for day cruising or for teaching multy hull sailing to larger numbers in a safer and more controlled environment. A number of these boats are used in sailing schools in the South West. The mouldings consist of the hull and deck, the two crossbeams and the centerboard system. The hulls would make ideal outriggers for a larger Trimaran hull. Price £250 o.n.o.
This foil has been specifically shaped for open Canoe sailing to give high lift at reduced speeds. Manufactured in G.R.P. and then foam filled, it is approximately 8 inches wide, 1 inch thick and 48 inches long and very stiff. It weighs 1.150 kg and due to the foam, floats! Other construction materials are available, to produce stiffer and lighter versions, but obviously at