What is a Trimaran?
A trimaran is a specific type of multihull vessel that features three hulls and is typically designed for sailing or racing on open waters. Also known as a double outrigger, the arrangement is specifically comprised of a main hull with two smaller hulls that are attached by lateral beams. Some trimarans are used as ferries, while there are also designs in this class that are used as warships. Originating in the South Pacific, the double-outrigger style of the trimaran was first used for fishing and ferrying between the islands of Madagascar and Southeast Asia.
How are Trimarans built?
Trimarans, historically, have been crafted out of wood materials. The original styles were built using found and farmed timber and often resembled rafts tied together using bamboo or other materials as beams. Today, the wooden models are built much like traditional sailboats. Thanks to modern technology, there are also composite trimarans, namely of a fiberglass finish, available to those who don’t want the upkeep of wood. Folding designs are also available for easy trailering and marina storage.
What types of engines power Trimarans?
A trimaran is generally only powered by sails and a rudder system. However, like all sailboats, they can also be outfitted with wind makers and other generators to assist with wind power operation. Some sailing models and ferries may also contain outboard motors for use on open water and when docking.
What optional equipment is available for Trimarans?
Trimarans can be outfitted with premium rigging systems and sails. There is also premium racing equipment available, including racing navigation and satellite systems. Boats can be outfitted with fish finders, livewells, and coolers for fishing excursions, and there are options for upgrading or adding custom seats, as well. Accessory power outlets for various devices are available and there is plenty of optional safety gear and anchoring equipment on the market, as well.