63700Design 554 - Tri with Hobie 16 amas
- Jun 12, 2010I dion't know who was first with the idea of using Hobie 16 parts for a trimaran, Phil Bolger or Dick Newick. Newick's Tremolino was built commercially for a time, and is still being home built occasionally ... Google "Tremolino."
I did a double take (or a triple take?) when I accessed 's beautiful drawings, because ot the low, blunt bow on Bolger's design. Having pitch-poled a Sunfish, a Hobie 16, and (almost) an E-scow, with its shovel-shaped bow, I wonder if Design 554 wouldn't be extremely prone to pitch-poling befopre the wind in any kind of sea. I also test-sailed a cruising catamaran on Tampa Bay in a fairly strong wind, and its cabin was constantly butted by the short, steep seas because its forward face was a vertical wall. The boat almost stopped dead in her tracks with each butt. Design 554, I would think, would be subject to the same problem.
I love most of Bolger's designs, even the ugly, form-follows-function ones, but not this one. I have built the Folding Schooner, not because she folds, but because she is drop-dead beautiful in my eyes.
-- Will White
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