We're living in a world of rapidly evolving technologies. Some of them improve our lives. Some of them are overly complex, frustrating to use and become redundant before the next full moon.

Planking was done on the main hull of Rocket 44 and I suggested to Claude we get an electric hand plane to knock off the hard spots before doing the finer fairing work.


As Claude headed for the door car keys in hand I half jokingly suggested he try to get the trusted green Makita, the same one I used to shape surf boards in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Surprisingly enough he came back from the hardware store with exactly that. Well, maybe a slightly updated version of the original but effectively the same machine in the same color.


Some technologies last because they're designed to do a job in a simple, robust cost effective manner. Technologies that impress with features of dubious relevance to the task are far more susceptible to obsolescence.


My recent trip to Oz was an opportunity to visit the Rocket Factory to catch up with progress on the Rocket 44  and discuss various aspects of the design with team members.


Left to right in the Photo;

Gordon "Essential 8" Myers who wrote the design brief and inspired us to make this happen;

Andres Gabarrin; in charge of systems, sail training and technical advice;

Claude Desjardins; a maestro with composite construction - especially lightweight composite construction. He knows what you need to keep and what you can leave out (provided you have taken care of the technical details).

Micky Bunker; materials specialist with ATL Composites missed the photo and turned up a bit later to advise on tooling design and the laminates for the final product. 

See the bio's of the team members here:


With over 5000 monohulls already on the water Dutch based boat building company Waarschip has created a new division to focus on the production of one off and limited production multihulls. The first boat for the new division will be the TR36 trimaran.

Waarschip's owner Roelof Niezen sees strong potential to complement the production boat market with designs that cater to individual requirements, in particular in the performance sector of the market. Roelof sees the TR36 project as the billboard for the next generation boats from the Waarschip Yard.

For enquiries contact Roelof Niezen


Roland is well known in cat racing circles. He's competed in Tornadoes in no less than five Olympics and he has a wealth of experience in high performance boats ranging from M2's, M1's, Orma 60's, Mod 70's and Extreme 40's. Amongst Roland's impressive list of titles are ten world titles in Tornadoes and 15 European Championships in Tornadoes and Lasers.

Roland is a professional coach and apart from European sales he will provide customer support including tuning, advice on selecting rig and sails, and getting customers up to speed with the latest technology and equipment.


In the photo: Roland and wife/team member Nahid.


Construction of the tooling for the Raku 32 is under way at Yacht Services in Poland. The boat will be offered in three versions; Charter, Cruising and Racing, with a range of sail, rig and equipment options for each boat with a strong focus on simplicity and efficiency.

Roland Gaebler (see adjacent news item) has been very active in the design of the rig and arrangement of the deck equipment. The standard rig will include a square top main, self tacking jib and a gennaker. Roland is putting his extensive racing experience to good use cooking up a version of the Raku32 specifically for short handed sailing.

We'll announce a dedicated web site for the Raku 32 in the coming weeks.

For sales enquiries in Europe:

For the rest of the world


Construction of the male plugs for the Rocket 44 is under way at Claude Desjardins' workshop on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.

Female carbon tools will be built from the finished plugs and we hope to have a prototype sailing in Australia by the middle of the year. The first boat is for Gordon Myers who conceived the project. The second and third boats are already claimed by the designer and builder. ATL Composites are on hand with technology and materials for the plugs and tools. Sorry, no firm pricing available yet.

For Enquires contact Claude at

or Tony Grainger


Louis is the newest member of the design team and has been working with us since November 2019. (I'm starting to feel like the old guy in the room).

Louis is based in South Africa and comes with a broad range of skills in boat building as well as Naval Architecture and Design.

Most of his work with us has been focused on model building and creating drawings for the Sensori power cats. You'll be seeing some of his work on the Sensori pages in the near future.



Venom is now based at her home port in Adelaide and in preparation for the King of the Gulf Regatta which kicks off on the 14th of February with the Adelaide to Port Vincent Passage Race.


We’ve started putting together a folio of Venom photos in our photo gallery. You can see it here:




"Where is Wilson these days?" It was some time since I'd heard of her whereabouts. Like a number of the Chincogan 52's she has recently undergone a refit and a name change. 

She's now called Nusa and it was a pleasant surprise to open the inbox and  find these photos and following comments from owner Greg Binet (no bribery was involved). 


 "I thought you may be interested in a few photos of Nusa formerly Wilson. We purchased this boat in 2015 and have sailed the east coast of Oz and also the Solomons. What a phenomenal boat. At the start of 2019 we did an extensive refit including using a metallic paint Alex seal ‘“Aura gold”. We continually get comments on what an awesome boat we have, thanks very much for an awesome design. We recently caught up again with Gone with the wind in Fiji. To date we have never been overtaken by another sailing boat."


Chincogan 52 Catamaran Nusa


Catamaran Fugazi in the Kings Cup, Phuket 2019
Fugazi Racing in the Kings Cup 2019

Previously known as Carbon Copy, Mad Max and Ullman Sails; Fugazi upholds the tradition of this boat being a persistent race winner by taking out the Kings Cup 2019 in Thailand. Congratulations to skipper and crew.

Photo from the Fugazi Facebook Page



I love doing custom design work. It fires my imagination and energizes me to explore new ground. In the best of times it can lead to breakthrough ideas and rewarding collaborations. At the worst of times it can lead to a disjuncture with the ideas of those I’m working with.

How to negotiate the situation when friction comes to the surface? Decisions have consequences; sometimes significant and meaningful, sometimes simply a different set of compromises and not so consequential in the long term. The best strategy is to pull the decisions apart and analyze them. Why are we going in this direction? What do we gain? What might we lose?

I was inspired to write this piece this morning after watching Kelly Slater justify his choosing to use a 5’3” surfboard in competition in giant waves on Hawaii’s North Shore while other competitors are choosing to go to larger boards. 


Kelly justifies his decision succinctly “my last thought was what’s going to be the most fun for me out there right now?”

He doesn’t have a technical justification for his decision, and we can't always have technical or even rational decisions for why we choose a particular boat or particular features on that boat - but we should always be able to express a reason for that decision even if it is simply “I figured that would be more fun”.

Check the video here. The Kelly segment is at 6:45 minutes in.


Venom pulled in to Apollo Bay early yesterday en route to Adelaide and one of the locals was on hand to take this shot and forward it via a mutual friend.

Owner Bob Dunn reports;

The boat is very strong and stable and has a lovely sweet spot off the wind at about 15-18 knots when everything purrs."

"Haven't seen the lee bow go even close to digging in yet and the main hull bow shape does a good job of deflecting the spray away.

The cabin layout is working very well 


The plan is to try to get the boat to Portland on Thursday then will need to sit out a series of storms to then finally get her to Adelaide.

Unfortunately Robe Harbour and Cape Jaffa harbour have silted up which means we will have to do the 320NM from Portland to Adelaide in one hit."

 We dont know who the photographer is but "thanks for the shot-nice work!"

Late note: Thanks to Pete Fillmore for the photo and to Wayne Lynch for passing it on.


We have a new product in the pipeline. It's a step-up from a beach cat but still small enough to be easily rigged and sailed single handed or by a crew of two. It's 4.4m LOA (14'3") plus rudders and bow pole.

The concept came from Gordon "Essential Eight" Myers and Gordon is providing a lot of input on the technical details. 



The new design will a canting rig and we'll most likely incorporate aself righting system using the canting mast and an air bag.

The new design is called the Rocket 44 and we are currently seeking expressions of interest from manufacturers and suppliers for hulls and components. Details coming to the web site soon.


Dux Nuts update from South Australia

This is one little trimaran that just keeps on coming on strong. With several owners and several different names to her history she's still chalking up the race wins. The "Nuts" has undergone a a little refurbishing work (she was designed and built in 1986/87) and has a new main sail built by Ben Kelly at Norths in Brisbane. 


Current owner Iain MacDougal reports on the win in the 2018 Milang Goolwa Race "We  won our division by 50 minutes on corrected time (1 hour 20 on elapsed) and were 4th fastest ET overall in the full 145 boat fleet. We only got passed by the quickest beach cats – a Marstrom M20, A-class and a Taipan 5.7 - we left all the other bigger multis for dead". 



Shirley Wodson Photo

Over the first three days of racing Paul Mitchell and crew made it pretty clear that Ullman Sails was  going to be a force to reckon with at Airlie Beach Race Week 2019. By race 5 in the seven race series the combination of a fast boat, good preparation, local knowledge and superb sailing skills had Ullman in a virtually unbeatable position under OMR in the fleet of nine racing multihulls.


The stiffest competition for Ullman came from the four Extreme 40 cats in the fleet with Julian Griffith's The Boatworks fighting off the challenges from High Voltage, Deepwater Collective and Back in Black.


Interestingly the closely matched performance of the four X40's made it difficult for any one of them to dominate in the series against the other three, and this factor contributed to the second placing in the series (and the following placings), being a big step down from first on the points table. 

 Ullman Sails won the series on seven points after dropping a 4 in Race 2. Placings 2,3,4 and 5 (all X40's) were achieved with 18,20,21 and 25 points respectively. The lesson here; one design is great for competitive racing.

It's probably even better if the fleet is big enough to be able to exclude competition that is not in your class.


Julian's second place in the fleet  (first in X40 class) on Boatworks came down to consistency with a tally of four thirds, a first and a fifth in the fleet after dropping an eight in race three.

Placings six, seven, eight and nine were taken by Top Gun, Cosmo, Mad Max and Crosshair respectively.

Flat Chat from the Archives

 Jamie Morris dug this one up from the history box. Apparently never published before. This is Flat Chat on her way to her second line honors and handicap win in the Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2002 under Jamie's command. 

Cruising Cats in Action

A couple of cruising cats smoking in a fresh onshore breeze off the Sunshine Coast. Raku 48 in the foreground.

Building Rudder Blades for R42 Venom

Construction of the R42 trimaran Venom at Australian Custom Multihull Yachts is now well advanced with the appendages and interior detailing in progress. Rudders and daggerboard have been designed by Brett Ellis.

Thanks to Jamie Morris for the pic.


Some Great Shots of 66

Thanks to Paul Degan for some great shots of 66 from her time in Sydney. 66 has now been sold and shipped to Tahiti. Let's hope we can expect more shots from the new owners- with coconut palms and and coral reefs setting the scene.

Interview with Sailmaker Ben Kelly

The Trimaran Spirit team interviews renown sailmaker Ben Kelly at his Brisbane loft. Jason Gard is asking the questions and Claudia is on the camera.

Prophecy having a ball on Moreton Bay

Thanks to Graeme Henderson for pointing us to some nice vid's of his Spoon Bay trimaran Prophecy racing and cruising on Moreton Bay including competing in a WAGS race that you can see here on Prophey's YouTube Channel..

 Prophecy is a Spoon Bay 10.6 now extended to 38'/11.6m LOA

ULLMAN SAILS claims the trophies at Airlie



Paul Mitchell and crew sailed  convincingly to take their 10m Cat Ullman Sails to victory in the 2018 Airlie Beach Race Week series for the second successive year. Ullman Sails took first place under OMR and on elapsed time in six of the seven races, only relinquishing the first and second positions in race 6 after returning to the marina before the start to replace a broken beam bolt.


The photo is just one of series of great shots from the steady and ever perceptive lens of Shirley Wodson See her full gallery of the series here;…/Airlie-Beach…



Ullman Sails on the Pace at Airlie 2017

Ullman Sails photo by Shirley Wodson
Ullman Sails - Winner Airlie Beach Race Week 2017

Purple Haze in Clear Air

Congratulations to Alex McMillan and crew of Purple Haze for taking out the double in the Bay to Bay Race on the weekend. Purple Haze, an Essential Eight, took out the line honours and handicap trophies in the two day event held on Hervey Bay in Southern Queensland.

The photo was taken at Hamilton Island Race Week

Soul is back in Thailand

photo of catamaran Soul Phang Gna bay

Chincogan 52 Soul is back in the Land of Smiles. New owners Mike and Sarah Mason from New Zealand kindly sent us this fantastic shot of Soul taken at Phang Nga Bay.

Mike reports;  I sneaked off in the kayak just after sunrise to get that one knowing it was such a spectacular backdrop.  We loved exploring the top end of PhangNga Bay.  We had hardly used the kayaks coming up through Indonesia and were wondering if we could justify their existence but we used them everyday up there and didn’t use the dinghy at all.  The Hongs are spectacular!!



Click on the pic for a bigger image - it's a great shot.

Meetup at Mets - A Great night in Amsterdam

Meetup at METS 2016 was a resounding success with thirty or more multihull enthusiasts turning up for food, drinks and camaraderie on a cold wet night at Bar Mowgli in Amsterdam.

Those present included boat owners past and present and future and a number of marine industry professionals including Lorraine Murray and Nick Cossich from ATL Composites Australia, Johan Breder (composites engineer with Southern Spars), Torbjorn Linderson, the multihull man with Southern Spars, and Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret.

It was a great night to exchange stories and make some new connections. Let’s hope we can make it happen again next year. Thanks to Davide Vizzini for the great photos.

Great Shots from Shirley Wodson at Airlie Beach Race Week.

Shirley has grabbed some great shots of the fleet racing at Airlie Beach Race Week including Mad Max and Warren Innes’s Barefoot.

There will be more of Shirley’s work coming to our pages. You can check out her work and purchase hi res photos on line here:

Mad Max is Boss Hog

The Boss Hog Trophy is named for Don Algie, founder of Race Week and longterm sponsor with Hogs Breath Café. The Boss Hog Trophy is presented to the crew that best sums up the spirit of Race Week, displays sportsmanship and stands above the rest over the course of the regatta, on and off the water.

This year, the trophy was presented the trophy to APC Mad Maxi, Tony Considine’s Grainger 10 skippered at this regatta by George Owen. APC Mad Max won an incredible six from six races against stiff opposition. (Quoted from ABRW press release).

Photo by Shirley Wodson


Reviving Memories of a Quick Boat

Flat Chat had a pretty successful racing career in Australia under various owners including two Brisbane to Gladstone Race wins under the command of Jamie Morris. She's been in New Zealand for several years now. Thanks to Jim Gard for posting a couple of classic pics on our Facebook visitors page. This is Flat Chat going, well …… flat chat!