Saturday, November 21, 2015

Small Trimarans, including the Edel 22

Edel 22

Hobie Tandem Adventure Island

Mill Creek

Little Wing 15.5


Because of my blog there are a number of people who email me telling of their experiences with small sailing boats. Some also seek advice or offer theirs. Now and again they refer to websites containing pertinent information. A few readers of the blog have become Cyberspace friends, and because of our shared boating interests we have met in person for further discussion.

A couple of days ago I was replying to an email on the subject of converting sailing dinghies into trimarans, and the thought occurred to me that readers of the blog may also be interested; therefore I’m reproducing a highly amended version here, along with added links to trimaran websites.

The Email

Dear …………..,

I had a look at the websites. (i.e., those suggested by the sender.)

A thing that concerns me about sailing my Pike skiff is the possibility of capsizing her. With my condition of Raynaud’s disease, capsizing could prove fatal, but it is a risk I take.

Converting her into a trimaran by adding cross-beams and amas would reduce the chances of her capsizing. In practice, fitting cross-beams and amas prior to launching, and removing them after afterwards, would take a fair amount of time. I would also have to transport them to and from the launching site. As it is, I find ‘Pike’ almost more than enough to launch, because she is nose-heavy on her launching trolley. For these reasons I have dismissed the idea of converting her into a trimaran.

As I see it, there are two advantages trimarans have over monohulls: 1 They are usually more stable, and 2, They are often faster.

Their disadvantages, especially if they are trailer-sailers, are: 1 Setting them up at the launching site - off or on the water. 2 Coming alongside and mooring to a pontoon or jetty is not easy. 3 Unless they have stable trampolines or decks, getting on or off when moored to a jetty or a pontoon can be problematical. 4 They are not as handy as monohulls for sailing between boats on moorings and when there are tight situations, such as marinas and narrow rivers or canals.

Trimarans are generally better kept on permanent moorings, and they come into their own when sailing on open water. They are speedy passage makers.

I’ve never owned one, but I wish I had.

When I was cruising the Bay of Biscay with my friend Bill, aboard his Eventide 26, I was invited to sail an Edel 22* trimaran. She was tremendously exciting, on account of her speed, but very tricky to manoeuvre in the marina - even when being propelled by her outboard. This was not just because of her wide beam, but because of wind drift.

Below, you’ll find a number of links to articles referring to the Edel 22 and other small trimarans.



*Edel 22 Trimaran as mentioned in Cruise of the ‘Ishani’, a 26’ Eventide - Part 11: 

Edel Tri 22 for Sale in Murcia Spain for 13,200€ :

Little Wing 15.5 Kayak Sailing Trimaran

Little Wing 15.5 Sail

Little Wing 15.5 Sail - The 68 lb. Kayak Trimaran

DIY Tris

Small Trimarans

Small Trimaran Design

Review of Nine Small Folding Trimarans

Which Windrider is Right for You?

Trimarans Ahoy-Boats

F22 Sport Tri

Small Trimarans are Taking Off

Scarab 16 Folding Trimaran

Crusoe Modular 18ft Trimaran

Lunada Design Small Trimaran

Cruising Trimarans


Brian said...

Woods Zeta trimaran is a new 14' design for quick homebuilding and Solway Dory produce a grp trimaran, one of which a friend has ordered.

William Serjeant said...

Thank you Brian for the links.