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Tippecanoe Boats' newest design, the T50 Trimaran, is the fastest sailboat built to date. Its three hulls cut through the water much faster than standard monohull designs. The Trimaran's acceleration is spectacular; the boat can go from stopped to full speed in a matter of seconds. Once the sails fill with air, there is very little resistance on the hulls so the boat picks up to full speed almost instantly.

The T50 Tri is made with a very light 1/16 inch plywood construction. These highly developed hulls are able to reach extremely fast speeds. The lightness of the plywood allows us to create compound curves in the hull shapes. This model utilizes three very light bulkheads to form the shape of the hulls and to keep weight to a minimum. The three hulls are securely connected with carbon fiber tubes and rigging wires hold the two side hulls slightly higher than the center hull. The total weight of this boat, fully rigged and with batteries is an amazing 4 lbs, which is unbelievably light considering a 50 inch hull length, a 77 inch tall mast and three hulls!

 

 

Today we did a time trial to see how quickly one person could take apart the T50 Tri's rigging and hulls. On our first try a 13-year-old was able to completely disassemble the entire boat in 3 minutes, 33 seconds! Once the mast and sails come off, the hulls separate and can easily be stored together, taking up very little space.

The Trimaran includes two different rigs and three different sail combinations to match any wind speed. The smallest possible combination leaves you with 550 sq. in. of sail area, while the maximum rig gives you 1260 sq. inches.

T50 Trimaran Technical Specifications:

  • Main hull length: 50 inches
  • Outrigger hull lengths: 43 inches
  • Main hull height: 6 inches (with keel: 14-1/2 inches)
  • Outrigger hull height: 5-1/2 inches
  • Overall width of Trimaran: 48 inches
  • Tallest mast height: 77 inches (from deck)
  • Main hull beam: 4-1/2 inches (at waterline: 2-1/8 inches)
  • Outrigger hull beam: 3-3/8 inches (at waterline: 3/4 inch)
  • Sail Winch: Hitec HS-785HB - 152 oz. in. torque
  • The T50 Trimaran's plywood hulls lend themselves to a beautiful finish. The three hulls are accented with thin strips of western red cedar edging. Here reflections of the water dance along the Tri's hulls.

    Inside the main hull, the Trimaran is outfitted with a powerful Hitec drum winch servo. This RC servo will have the power to haul in your sails in any wind.

    T50 Trimaran Kit: $750.00

    T50 Tri Display Stand: $36.50

    T50 Tri Varnish Kit: $19.50

     

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