Trimaran Structures in the Spotlight

 Four different ways to configure a modern sailing trimaran. Each with its own unique implications for structure, weight, accommodation layout, sail handling, ergonomics and build complexity. A new trimaran on the drawing board motivates a careful analysis of all four options.

Our First X Beam Trimaran

She's been known as ATL Composites, Riverside Oaks, Dux Nuts and Moving Finger. Designed in 1986 she's won a host of titles including the Australian Multihull Championships and is still racing currently based in South Australia. 



We are no longer on Facebook or Linkedin

We have closed our Facebook account for several "functional" reasons (including features that simply don't work as promoted)  but also because of the persistent ethical breaches and a culture that appears to value corporate power over any sense of providing a valuable service to those who contribute to the site's content.

We have also closed our Linkedin account and are currently posting on Instagram and Twitter.

We have a strong desire to have fast and easy communication with our customers past, present and future. The web has opened up enormous opportunities but unfortunately there is no single social media platform that does a good job of providing the kind of service we would like to see.

Tony Grainger 4th April 2019

Your emails are always welcomed, supportive, critical or otherwise graingerdesigns@gmail.com

See ourIinstagram page here; www.instagram.com/graingerdesigns/

 


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. 

www.ellisengineered.com

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. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZYj7p6xuxM

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



R42 Builder Interview with Jamie Morris

Jason and Claudia from Sailing Trimaran Spirit have recorded an interview with skipper/builder Jamie Morris on site at the build of the R42 trimaran Venom currently under construction at Boatworks on the Gold Coast.
Jason on micrphone and Claudia on the camera. I think we have a budding interview team here with more to come on this project.
See the interview here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry6O_WnP6kc&feature=youtu.be

Check their other videos on their You Tube Channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCvBgq4-qZn5FEfrli2SmX7w

Article on top down furling

by Andy Rice interviewing Bjarne Lorenzen

In part three of this blog series, Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O’leu explains the benefits of top-down furling, one of the big developments of the past decade which has trickled down to the cruising scene from the Volvo Ocean Race. See the full article on the Upffront web site 

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Ellis Engineering to design foils for R42

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Ellis Engineering has been appointed to design and engineer the rudders, elevators, C foils and daggerboard for the R42 trimaran under construction at the Boatworks on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Brett Ellis has extensive experience in composite foil design having worked on projects including Artemis Racing, Ragamuffin 100, GC32 foiling cat, Alinghi Maxi Cat, and most recently the modified Seacart 30 Morticia which he crewed on at the just completed Airlie Beach Race Week.

Learn more about Ellis engineering at www.ellisengineered.com




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;
https://shirleywodsonphotography.smugmug.com/…/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: shirleywodsonphotography.smugmug.com


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!

 www.facebook.com/graingerdesigns



TR60 Custom Cruising Trimaran

This version of the TR60 trimaran features three private double cabins, (all with at least a metre of headroom over the berths) a roomy saloon and cockpit, and twin helm stations with good forward vision. It's being designed for a customer who wants to visit exotic cruising grounds and isolated surfing locations around the world. We'll have more details in the trimaran pages soon.


New 8.5m Sports Cat

What would Mad Max look like if we redesigned her today? Probably a bit like this 8.5m cat we're designing for Johannes Romkes. The underwater lines bear a close resemblance to the hull shapes we used on Mad Max.

The beams and centre pod are demountable. Johannes knows his way around composites and will be building the boat himself. We are looking forward to seeing this project get started.