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


8. My Trimaran, No Commotion, Gets

A Slick New "Sliding Aka" System!


Max. beam, akas closed = 6' 2"

Max. beam, akas open = 12' 10"


With this new sliding aka system, it now takes me just 1/2 the time

and 1/3 the effort to assemble and  launch my trimaran.


[For a detailed "how & why" explanation of this sliding aka system, please click here.]


Below are 10 photos of No Commotion with the new and

improved planing amas and the new sliding aka system.




1 - Starboard bow - akas closed




2 - Starboard bow - akas open




3 - Starboard beam - akas closed  




4 - Starboard beam - akas open




5 - Starboard quarter aft - akas closed  




6 - Starboard quarter aft - akas open




7 - Stern view - akas closed  




8 - Stern view - akas open




9 - Detail of aft sliding akas  




10 - Detail of forward sliding akas  



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