Jim Brown’s “The Case for the Cruising Trimaran” is now back in print
If You Like Trimarans
You’ll Love This Book
This classic publication by one of the 20th century's multihull pioneers will enhance your understanding of these unique watercraft, including the most modern designs …
Big cats now dominate the multihull cruising scene for sure. But can the case be made for a cruising trimaran? You betcha!
Multihull pioneer Jim Brown makes his case with eloquence, wisdom and utter sincerity all throughout the pages of this classic book. And he does it over and over again with stories that captivate your imagination and let you feel as if you’re sitting on the deck of Scrimshaw (Jim’s own cruising trimaran) as he shares them.
Jim first takes us back to the 60s and 70s, when trimarans (and multihulls in general) were still struggling to be taken seriously by most members of the sailing world’s cruising community. He shows us why misperceptions about multis arose … especially tris. And then offers a full analysis of mulithull cruising sailboats that even hard-core monohull fans might consider.
In the end, Jim makes his case for multi cruisers ... and he does so with the help of dozens of captivating photos from contributors around the world ... along with illustrations from Jo Hudson, his long-time friend and fellow trimaran enthusiast.
Here is a glimpse of the fascinating and practical material you’ll find inside these pages …
- The real reason any sailor gets a certain kind of boat … mono or multi. Why the best practical reasons for sailing multihulls often fall on deaf ears. (Hint: it doesn’t have anything to do with sailing). p. 3
- A summary of the issues for anyone considering a cruising multihull. A concise overview of relevant topics, including: high-tech vs. simplicity, lightness vs. strength, cruising vs. racing, accommodations vs. performance, cost vs. almost everything, etc. p. 5
- What fundamental options do mulihulls offer? You can have 2 out of these 3 … but not all 3. p. 7
- What are the most common hazards encountered at sea? A cruising sailor will want to have all these bases covered in order to prepare for them. p. 11
- Some introductory thoughts on the plights of capsize vs. sinking. While both are true maritime disasters, multihullers still contend they hold the advantage in this area. Decide for yourself. p. 12
- Why owner building is still a viable option for budget conscious cruising sailors. Plus, other advantages to building one’s own multihull cruiser. pp. 13-15
- How well do most multis handle in rough seas? And what is it like having your multihull rigged with a “self-steering” wind vane in order to take the crew through a rough storm? pp. 16-17
- Shoal draft in multihulls often prevent catastrophic damage to them in conditions that would break apart most monohulls. And they can often be repaired and sailed again. pp. 21-25
Practical Design Tips for Cruising Trimarans & Catamarans ...
- Desirable features for a cruising multihull. An inside look at Jim Brown’s Searunner 34 design. How years of sailing experience went into designing her the way she was engineered. pp. 26-32
- What utility spaces are ideal in the forecastle area? Some extremely useful ideas for design and overall cabin comfort. pp. 32-33
- Why most people quit cruising. (Hint: it doesn’t have anything to do with lack of enjoyment for sailing). And the simple steps a sailor might take to remedy this situation. p. 35
- The most important (and simple) ingredient for the safety of any cruising boat. A basic fact often overlooked by even experienced sailors when considering the purchase of a cruising vessel. p. 37
- Important cockpit considerations. Getting this right may be the most important safety feature of your cruising sailboat. How to avoid getting washed overboard in high seas. pp. 37-38
- What containers and supplies should be stored in the bilge? Great ideas that make for safer cruising and convenient maintenance during a long trip. pp. 39-40
- The importance of having a dinghy on your cruiser. Where to store it on a multi. And how to keep it secure and ready for fun. pp. 45-48
- Thoughts on deck hardware and anchoring. How many anchors? How long their lines should be. pp. 51-52
- What prized galley features make for practical and economical cruising? The best places for utility shelves … including where to store hot water made on the stove. How to reduce the amount of garbage you’re producing during a long cruise. pp. 55-58
- Reducing dependence upon electricity and generators. Lighting and cooking options still relevant for today’s modern multihull cruisers. While you may want more convenience than is recommended here, you’ll be familiar with the issues and considerations involved with high-maintenance modern amenities vs. Spartan necessities. pp. 60-63
- Why speed (even on a speedy multihull) isn't always a necessary priority. How to get more from the cruising experience. When going slower is more preferable out on the open sea. pp. 70-72
What Happened to These Sailors? An Inside Look At Certain Multihull Mysteries, Including Famous Incidents Involving Trimarans ...
- What was Arthur Piver really like? Jim Brown recalls his early days and association with the famous man. And how Jim got started in designing his own trimarans. pp. 74-80
- What happened to some of these multihullers and their watercraft? Jim tells the stories and analyzes questions behind some of the people and boats lost at sea. Arthur Piver … the disappearance of the Newick-designed trimaran named Three Cheers … the loss of Australian designer Hedley Nicol in his trimaran called Privateer. Plus, other fascinating recollections from the 20th century. pp. 81-90
- ***Amazing tales of survival at sea! Castaways who lived to tell the tale. And came back to tell us about how to avoid multihull capsize … and what to do if it does happen in order to survive! pp. 91-104
Taking on the Big Issue of Trimarans and Multihull Safety in the 60s and 70s
... Sage Advice for Cruising Multis and Monos Alike ...
- Prepare for a capsize? Why every multihull sailor can easily avoid this event nearly 100% of the time … yet should still prepare for its possibility. pp. 105-106
- When design matters during a capsize. Desirable features to have within a multihull should an unavoidable accident occur. pp. 107-108
- The most important features of a life raft. Where it should be stored and how to tether it to the mother ship. pp. 109-113
- What tools you should always have on hand. The right selection of tools could determine survival or ultimate calamity. These tools are a must! pp. 113-115
- Where to store your “calamity pack.” What to always keep inside it (this information is still relevant today as long as you include modern satellite locators (E.P.I.R.B.) and portable transmission devices). pp. 115-120
- Provisions for long-term cruising … and survival. Including food ... water ... First-Aid kit ... and foul-weather gear. pp. 121-122
- How to make an “emergency access hatch.” Where to cut it. What you need to think about before tearing into a hull. pp. 123-125
How to create “capsize hammocks” within an overturned multihull … using on-hand spars for “reflector masts” … and what colors to paint on the bottom of your multi (prior to going out to see) that will help planes and watercraft spot it on the water. pp. 126-130
- Where and how to set up stowage for the possibility of surviving an overturned vessel. How to prepare and handle both fuel and water tanks in this disaster situation. What size containers are best to use. pp. 130-132
- What to do first in the face of a capsize. A simple checklist to follow in case your multihull ever gets turned upside down. Why each item on the list is important. pp. 133-137
- Best ways to prevent multihull capsize. Safe design features and sailing practices for multihulls at sea. Following these simple steps will avert most disasters. pp. 138-146
- Where your cruising multihull’s weight should be distributed for highest safety. Understanding your multi’s “natural ballast” in order to keep you from overturning. pp. 147-148
Good Seamanship Prevents Most Disasters and Can Save the Day Even If It Happens ...
- Safe seamanship in bad weather. Seamanship practices to keep you afloat (and upright) during storm conditions. pp. 155-156
- How to construct an effective tire drogue. Using this drogue in heavy weather to keep your multihull from capsize. pp. 157-160
- Why cruisers should always be familiar with the weather patterns for their locations during the particular seasons of their voyage. What preparations should always be done before heading out into open water. pp. 161-162
- Cyclone evasion tactics at sea! What direction to sail in relative to the storm. Where to turn your boat if quartering seas are boarding dangerously. pp.164-165
- Tales of amazing multihulls surviving after suffering damage in huge storms with pounding waves … encountering 40-foot breakers in 70-knot winds … why “running off” may be the safest sailing tactic when you're in the clutches of a great storm. p. 166-178
- Using storm anchors … multi-anchor tactics for securing a multihull in heavy weather conditions. pp. 179-181
- Rescue operations for large multihulls. Self-rescue tactics for smaller multihulls. pp. 182-183
- Sailor Rob Wright demonstrates a modified “Ruiz System” for righting a capsized 21-foot Tremolino trimaran. pp. 184-185
- How to overturn large, capsized multihulls with the help of another vessel. Why preparation for capsize makes for a better multihull sailor … even though it’s very unlikely to ever happen. pp. 192-195
- Why, as Jim Brown puts it, in a multihull ... “there is no greater feeling of belonging with the sea than when running off in a multihull, at the same speed as the seaway.” p. 205
By the time you finish these pages you’ll either be wanting to take another cruise … or plan to begin your own cruising adventure. (In a trimaran, of course). But the best part is that you’ll be a better sailor. You won’t put down this book without being wiser, better prepared and more aware of your boat and environment under sail. And you’re sure to go back and read favorite nuggets of truth again and again.
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