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


7. The Amazing "Planing Amas"


...which actually turned out to be much better than

my original "tortured plywood" ama design.


Below are 40 or so photos of construction, etc.



The side panels for one ama.


Side panels with top & transom stringers attached.



Front view of same.


Transom panels.



Side panels and transoms assembled.



Insides of transoms.



Pulling the bow together...


...and adding the frames for the bottom panels.



From a different angle....


Close-up of transom area.



Taped into place...


...and ready for interior "fillets" (PL Premium)



View from the transom.


And from the front quarter.



Bow shot.


Shaping up nicely!



Bow from side...


...and stern from side.



All sanded and...


...just about ready for glassing.


Please click here for next 20 photos...


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