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

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 


Raku 48 Nearing Completion

Troy Forrest sent us this snap of his Raku 48 under construction on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. Fairing and painting is complete and Troy reports the boat is now ready for deck hardware.


R42 Build Gallery has Moved

We've moved the R42 build gallery into the gallery pages and inverted the photo order so the latest photos are on top. Kind of wonder why we didn't do that in the first place!!

See the gallery here:



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

New Photos in the R42 Build Gallery

The R42 Build Gallery has been updated with 10 new photos, thanks to Lorraine from ATL Composites. See them here: 



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;


We'll be posting more shots of Ullman Sails in the photo gallery soon.

There's a pattern developing in the results at Airlie Beach

Ullman Sails extends her lead at Airlie on day 2

It's a second day of top placings for Ullman Sails at Airlie with an elapsed time win of nearly sixteen minutes over Mortica in Race two and a first place on handicap with a margin of nearly six minutes once again over Morticia. 


This boat has an impressive record of race wins here and in other events over the years. There are two things worth noting here. One is that the hull shapes allow the boat to be trimmed correctly for these conditions (and that's why I'm aways banging on about trimaran float shapes). The other is that these guys clearly know how to trim the boat to get the most out of it.

The photo is from the ABRW Facebook page

Ullman Sails off to a good start at Airlie Beach Race Week 2018

Ullman Sails is off to a good start at Airlie Beach Race Week, taking a comfortable win over Morticia 2nd and MCJAK 3rd. Ullmans margin over Morticia was 8mins 30 seconds on corrected time under OMR and 15 minutes on elapsed time.

The photo is from last year's series which Ullman Sails won.

See the full results here:


Fresh thinking and innovation coming to the Rocket Factory

In a world where technology and innovation are changing our lives almost on a daily basis, you could fairly argue that the trailerable trimaran design has seen very little evolution since the introduction of the F27


What's holding this development back?

What are the design features that need to be looked at to reinvigorate this genre of sailing yachts?


 We've been taking a look at the currrent state of folding trimaran design from a range of perspectives including performance, accommodation, structure, style, and ease of contruction which of course affects the price.


We've come up with a range of concepts and ideas that could inject some fresh excitement into the world of trailerable trimarans in a series of five design focus articles to explore these ideas.


You can find these articles on the Rocket Factory web site.





Ullman Sails on the Pace at Airlie 2017

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

Ullman Sails on her way to winning the Airlie Beach Race Week Series
Ullman Sails on her way to winning the Airlie Beach Race Week Series

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.

Livewire 28 Pricing available now.

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


36' Folding Trimaran for cheaper marina spaces.

Folding trimarans are great for trailering or hard stand storage. But they have another big advantage too. They take up a lot less space in the pens and that can save you a lot of money in marina fees.

We are working with an established builder who is interested in producing the 36 and we expect to have preliminary pricing available soon. 

Express your interest and we'll keep you up to date with progress. graingerdesigns@gmail.com

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!


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.