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 Laura's "Ultralight" Trimaran - Page 2


- Photos 11-20 -



11- Bow view of completed hull planking


12- Same stage -- hull is now right side up and temp station frames still in...


13. Bow view, with hull right side up and temp station frames still in...


14.Rear quarter view, same stage as above...


15. Bow view with all temp station frames (blocks) removed...


16.  Stern view of same stage - the mast step will mount to the two permanent frames up front.


17. Temporary  longitudinal strips have now been removed...


18. Bow quarter view of above....


19. Close-up of bow area ready for sanding...


20. Bow-on view of above...


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



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