Wingsail for Small Trimaran
The 16 foot trimarans pictured to the right were built as experimental platforms for use in developing a small multihull wingsail driven vessel. When the project is completed the small wingsailed trimaran is intended for use by disabled and elderly sailors in shallow, protected waters. Use of a wing will eliminate virtually all the ropes, sheets and lines necessary to trim the soft sails of vessels like those pictured to the right.
This project started in the early 1990s but was delayed by life, work, retirement and writing Discovering the Cause and the Cure for America’s Health Care Crisis. I will resume the project this spring, after the book is published.
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The third and final iteration in the process of developing the sailing platform is FloWinGo, based on a Kurt Hughes design. I will fit this trimaran with the first wing. The other two soft sailed trimarans will be used to compare speed and sailing angles.