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4 Thoughts About Building a Small Trimaran With Wood

I like small trimarans of all kinds. This means trimarans that are available through commercial purchase or through self-built plans (assuming, of course, good plans are used). This also includes trimarans made using GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) or wood/epoxy.

I'll be covering all types on my blog.

The allure of wood building, however, appeals to many do-it-yourselfers because of the perception that wooden-built boats are always going to be a more inexpensive route to acquiring a tri sailboat in the longrun. This isn't necessarily the case though.

Building costs are up nowadays.

Those who build fiberglass boats accurately point out the costs of marine-grade plywood, combined with the generally high cost of epoxy, can put dollar amounts for building with wood on par with fiberglass. Not only that. When added time and money are factored into the longterm equation for maintenance costs, many home builders lean toward using fiberglass instead of wood.

I understand where they're coming from. All of the facts need to be taken into account. But with this in mind, I'm simply going to offer a few reasons why I still like the idea of building small trimarans with wood. Here are 4 thoughts to weigh in:

-- If we were discussing "big" trimaran sailboats here then you mightn't be reading this article on wooden boat building. It's not the wood per se. The task of a "big boat" project is one I probably wouldn't want to tackle by myself (and I've a lot of experience working with wood).

About the author: Joe Farinaccio ("the small tri guy") is an author and publisher. He offers info and other resources about small trimaran sailboats at the website:


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