I took the Trilars
out Monday for the first time for about an hour. The wind was
shifting and light to moderate, maybe 8 or 10 MPH tops, so no
real speed measurements could be made, but I think it'll be
plenty fast for the light construction considering the cross
bars would flex plenty on some gust.
It handles a lot like my Frolic2
in that you have to keep your speed up when tacking because
Trilars has no weight to carry it through, so you have to be
fast. I had to back wind the sail several times before I got
the hang of tacking, and then in real light winds you have to
jibe or help it around with a paddle which is easy enough to
do, again, remember that it was light winds.
I got more spray from the main hull than the Amas
when crossing wakes so all the fears of being soaked when the
Amas come down are gone. They do slap a bit but nothing to get
concerned about. No serious tendency to spear a wave with the
main hul,l but I can see in a regular pattern of waves rather
than wakes, it could be an issue though just a good soaking,
not for handling with the foredeck installed.
When paddling, you tend to take the wakes at 90
degrees but when sailing the Trilars, you're always at an angle
and the wind helps drift the splash inwards. Narrow beam and
low to the water is the problem and will be inherent to the
Trilars. The spray is no worse that any other craft when using
double paddles with a partner out of sync. :>)
It took me 30 minutes to get it ready, and then
it was a bit heavy for the wife and I to carry to the water.
We ended up dragging the stern and lifting from the front crossbar.
I'm glad I put a piece of aluminum on the skeg. Of course then
you have to wade in to get it floating. I'll have to get a little
trailer and keep in bolted together.
On the fun side, it's very nimble, a lot more
than I expected for at Tri. Using the paddles was efficient
enough that you would have no need for any other power under
normal conditions. Stability is very good, even in a good gust
of wind say 15 MPH. The rudder could be longer for better control
at slow speeds, but it is effective once you start developing
speeds faster than hard rowing. I think the Amas add enough
lateral resistance that the rudder needs plenty of water flowing
past it to push the stern around.
I have no photos of sailing the boat since my
Son was supposed to show up and takes photos for us, but it
didn't work out.
One sail doesn't make me a pro on the design,
but for the cost, compact size and versatility, it's a keeper.