The "Slingshot 16 - Solo" Trimaran!
[Please see large photo just below]
If you have any questions,
please email me at
Wow, I haven't posted anything
new to this web site for more than 3 years!
So it's fitting that the new-post
honors go to my most popular design, the Slingshot 16 Solo.
Actually, this is an improved
version of "Laura's Boat." The differences include a broader
more freeboard, as well as a more
robust sail plan and generally hardier overall construction.
The amas are also bigger (14' vs.
12) to cope
with the increase in sail area from the 85 sq ft unbattened sail
on the original Laura's Boat to the 118 sq ft radial batten sail
I designed for the Slingshot 16 Solo.
Here are the basic specs for the
Slingshot 16 Solo:
LOA = 15' 10"
Beam of center hull at sheer =
Beam of center hull at
waterline = 26"
Beam folded = 6' 6"
open = 12'
Sail = 118 sq ft radial batten sail on unstayed (freestanding) mast
Weight all up = approx 185
Here's what it looks like
ready to sail!
(with folding amas, pivoting
mast, crutch, and small outboard)
If you'd like to see some
videos of the Slingshot 16 Solo
in action, here's a bunch of
Slingshot 16 Blasting
Around Tampa Bay, December 2, 2014
Starboard Tack, Terra Ceia Bay, Dec 21, 2014 -
- Hands-Free Tacking! (12-21-14)
Outboard Test (3.5 HP Merc)
S-16 w Doyle
sail and 16’ amas (Mar 8, 2016)
Slingshot 16 Trimaran
Gets A Jib!
Slingshot 16 on Tampa
Bay with Jib – May 25, 2016
Slingshot 16 Trimaran Jib Evaluation July 17, 2016 –
If you would like to build the
Slingshot 16 Solo trimaran...
...basic plans include one-piece,
tubular akas and 14' amas. For a small additional cost,
get a supplement with plans for larger (16') amas and folding
As with all of my boats, a
competent (and gutsy) sailor can expect speeds up to 15 mph in a
(And that's without the jib,
which is strictly experimental on my own boat and isn't in any
of the available plans)
Plans for The Slingshot 16 Solo
trimaran (and my other boats) can be purchased here:
Below are 30+ photos showing
the progress from starting the hull to "ready to sail!"