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. ? Open to suggestion...


 4. Building Our First "Real" Trimaran: The Tandem Rig


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Photos 1-10 (of 29)


Length= 15' 10"                  Max beam = 24"   

Max hull depth / height = 26"        Approx hull weight = 140 lbs

Amas: Recycled from our "V-Cat" trimaran.   Length = 14' 5"  

  Ama Height = 16"      Beam = 6-12"      Weight = 54 lbs ea.



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1. Sides are being attached to transom.


2. Looks pretty roomy in there...


3. Not 100% sure where to put the two seats yet...


4. Got a bit more structural bracing in there now.


5. The hull is sanded and ready for fiberglass.


6. Being made of 6 mm plywood, it's kinda heavy for one person to move.


7. Needed Laura's help to get it here. Good thing it's made for two!


8. Inside gets two coats of polyurethane.


9. Laura's first test-sitting. She likes it!


10. I figured out where the seats go, and also the aka (crossbeam) supports.


To see photos 11-20, please click here.


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