Threefold 6 Plans

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19'8" / 6m
Printed plans shipped and PDF plans emailed by Dudley Dix


Speedy little trimaran for fun weekends afloat

~ Protected water cruiser

~ Fast & fun

~ Weekend accommodation for a small family

~ Folds for trailing and compact storage

~ Amas swing in for compact mooring

~ Alternative fixed beams for simplicity

The Threefold 6 a trailable minimum cruiser for use on relatively protected waters. I drew her a long time ago to air some ideas which were in my head at the time. They were for an innovative folding system which would have made her a very versatile little boat, with unusual features. Aside from the versatility, the folding system also adds on a big cost factor so it did not take off. Anyway, I show her here for the interest of anybody who may like her concept.

The folding system uses circular aluminium main beams mounted in bearings to give the choice of horizontal, vertical or inverted horizontal hinge axis orientation. This allows the amas to be swung up on top of the cabintop for trailing, in against the main hull for docking or down below the main hull to assist in righting in the event of a capsize. To date the principles of it have not been tested.

She can also be built with demountable wooden box beams in place of the folding system, at greatly reduced cost. Sailing beam is 5m, giving her great stability to carry her sail area. Trailing beam is
2,44m either folded or dismantled.

Extended for sailing

Amas pulled in for docking

Folded for trailing

Folded for righting in event of capsize

She has an easily handled fractional sloop rig with fully battened mainsail and rotating mast. Standing rigging is arranged to allow the mast to stand without the amas in place although the shrouds to the amas must be in place for sailing. Shrouds are angled aft to eliminate backstays. While she has a lot of stability, provision is made in her sail plan for reducing sail considerably for use in a blow.

Construction is of marine plywood, using the stitch and glue method of assembly for hull and amas. Epoxy coating of all plywood is recommended for strength and longevity.

Accommodation is comfortable for her size, comprising a triangular forward berth, two wing berths, a two seater settee, galley worktop with lockers and camp stove to port and a plastic bowl sink with lockers under to starboard. Headroom is for sitting only but the large companion hatch opens up the galley area for standing. The companion steps remove for access to stowage behind, which would best be used for a portable head.

So as not to affect the accommodation, two leeboards are used in lieu of a centreboard. They are of fairly small proportions to fit alongside the wing structure, with an effective depth of 500mm from static waterline which will increase with heel [the leeward board]. Both boards would be down for short tacking.

The rudder blade is of the daggerboard type to permit beaching. Auxiliary propulsion is by means of oars, single skull or a small outboard motor.

The Threefold 6 is designed to be a safe and lively boat to sail singlehanded or with a crew, ideal for comfortable gunkhole cruising in relatively protected waters.

Oleg Zelinskiy built his Threefold 6 in Russia,
with the aluminium folding system.

Oleg's boat with new colour scheme.

Oleg Zelinskiy built his Threefold 6 in Russia. In November 2008 he went out in extreme storm conditions to test his boat. With winds of 15-22m/s (30-40 knots) and gusting to 32m/s (65 knots), they sailed with storm jib and deeply reefed main. He reports that she handled perfectly, even with seas washing over the deck through to the cockpit. She achieved speeds of 15-17 knots and was responsive and under full control at all times. He says that stability was perfect and there was no hint of the boat ploughing in. Oleg is very satisfied with his testing of the boat in storm conditions.

In September 2009 Oleg reported that in 15-25 knots of wind he and one other crew had sailed 15 miles in one hour, with speeds sometimes exceeding 20 knots.

Bill Of Materials

MARINE PLYWOOD 1,22x2,44m (4'x8') (preferably Gaboon or Okoume plywood)
4.5mm (3/16") - 11 sheets (use 4mm if 4.5mm is not available)
6mm (1/4") - 14 sheets
9mm (3/8") - 3 sheets

CEDAR or similar, selected, free of knots, shakes fractures etc
15x30mm (5/8"x1 1/4") - stringers, framing - 80m (262')
15x40mm (5/8"x1 1/2") - beams, framing - 20m (66')
20x20mm (3/4"x3/4") - framing - 94m (308')
20x30mm (3/4"x1 1/4") - framing, tiller - 67m (220')
20x40mm (3/4"x1 1/2") - framing - 70m (230')
20x50mm (3/4"x2") - keelson, sole bearers - 9m (30')
20x60mm (3/4"x2 3/8") - framing, sole bearers - 4m (14')
20x200mm (3/4"x8") - companion ladder - 1m (4')
25x50mm (1"x2") - beams, posts - 9m (30')
30x30mm (1 1/4"x1 1/4") - sheerclamps - 10m (33')
30x40mm (1 1/4"x1 1/2") - framing - 6m(20')
50x50mm (2"x2") - stem, beams - 3m (10')

Please note that our plan prices include for adding imperial measurements to our metric designs if needed by the buyer.

Multi-chine plywood trimaran

LOA 6.0m [19'8"]
LWL 5.6m [18'4"]
Beam sailing 5.0m [16'3"]
Beam docking 3.3m [10'10"]
Beam trailing 2.44m [8'0"]
Draft 0.2/0.6m [0'8"/2'0"]
Weight 450kg [990lb]

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Additional Information

plans are drawn in metric and have inch dimensions added
Designer Name:
Dudley Dix
Sail area (Imperial / Metric):
365sq.ft / 24.6 sq.m
Rig Type:
Keel Type:
Length (range):
16' - 23'11" / 4.88m - 7.29m
19'8" / 6m
Length at Waterline:
18'4" / 5.6m
16'3" / 5m
Hull Weight:
200 - 999 lbs / 90.72 - 453.14kg
Estimated Hull Weight:
990lb / 450kg
6" - 11" / 15.24 - 30.27cm
Unloaded Draft:
8" - 2'0" / 0.2 - 0.6m
Weight Capacity:
770lb / 350kg
Primary Material:
Marine Plywood
Method of Construction:
Stitch and Glue
Hull Type:
Hull Shape:
Flat bottom
Power Source:
Internal Combustion, Wind
Horsepower Rating:
6hp / 4.5kW
Built-in Floatation:
Unit of Measure:
Instruction Manual:
Technical Info w/ Limited Guidance
Lofting Required:
Recommended Experience Level:
Designer's Thoughts on Experience Level:
Moderately complicated
Boat Type:
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