My wife Laura's 16' trimaran with 84 sq.

ft. sail on a homemade unstayed mast.


Welcome to...



A Web Site For Do-It-Yourself 

Small, Homemade Trimarans


Presented by "Dr. Frank" Smoot, and

dedicated to DIY boatbuilders everywhere!


My 16' trimaran No Commotion with its

optional 124 sq. ft. rig from a Laser II.



Florida's "Sunshine Coast"

is small boat heaven!



What's On This Site:

1. Why I have come to believe that small trimarans are the only way to go. [click here]


2. A Brief History of the 15 or so homemade boats and rigs I have build over the past two years [click here]


3. Our first "trimarans"- made from kayaks (includes construction photos). click here


4. Building our first "real" trimaran: the tandem rig (includes construction photos).  click here


5. Building the first lightweight, single-seater trimaran, "No Commotion" click here


6. Building Laura's 65-lb "ultralight" trimaran - see 50 construction photos! click here


7. The Amazing "Planing Amas"- see 40 photos! click here


8. No Commotion Gets A Slick New "Sliding Aka" System! click here


 Building Our First "Real" Trimaran: The Tandem Rig


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Photos 11-20 (of 29)


11. Ready for fiberglassing, then painting.


12. Hull is now painted!


13. As I later discovered, I built in too much rocker. This how we learn...


14. Looks cool anyway, especially with the bow eye and reinforcement.


15. Looks pretty nice right side up as well..


16. Now it's time to add the decks...


17. Decks installed and painted, just like that!


18. Note the angled transom and the vertical rudder mounting board.


19. Adding the amas to the main hull, making the whole thing 12 ' wide.


20. It all fits nicely on the trailer.


(To see photos 21-30, please click here.)


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