Tryst 10 Trimaran Plans Download

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The 10ft Tryst trimaran is a variation of the Duo dinghy

The main hull is a sailing Duo and it is fitted with two Vee shaped outriggers that bolt onto the Duo wings. The wings are then lashed to the main hull gunwales, as they are on Duo, see below. The outriggers add masses of stability for little extra weight, especially as all the panels for the outriggers are made from one sheet of 3 or 4mm ply. So the whole boat is very light and cheap to build, basically made from just three sheets of plywood

The Tryst outriggers are long, narrow and deep. That is because they are not "training wheels" but hulls in their own right. If they were too short and fat they would generate a lot of drag, even if they had the same buoyancy as the longer ones.

The prototype was first sailed in August 2014 in Canada and has since sailed in the USA and Mexico and has travelled over 10,000 miles in the back of our pickup truck - which has a 6ft long bed. I have had a great time sailing it, very easy and fun and, despite the small mainsail, Tryst sails surprisingly well even in light winds. Tacks very easily, with absoulutely no hesitation.

As a keen dinghy sailor I try to keep both outriggers out of the water, but when I'm feeling lazy I let them do the work and just sit back and relax, welcoming the extra security of the buoyancy "out there doing it". One reason for making the outriggers a Vee shape is to reduce slamming and spray. Another reason is that, when heeled, the outriggers give grip to the water. this allows easy sailing on or off a shallow beach.

Tryst would be an extremely difficult boat to capsize. But, if it did, then it is small and light enough to pull up again without help. Simply stand on one outrigger, which will sink and the boat then rotates round the main hull.

When sailing is over for the day the complete Tryst, including rig and outriggers can fit inside a pickup or van with a 6ft bed, (assuming a nesting Duo is built) as shown above. We have a three piece mast, the outriggers fit in diagonally. In any event, once the three hulls are separated, it is easy to cartop - even singlehanded.

6 weeks after receiving the building plans a builder in the Philippines reported:

"Trific launched on Friday 13th in perfect weather conditions. At this location the sea is very shallow, 200+ meters out I attempted to use the dagger board & came to a full stop! No damage done.

Launching off the lee shore beach into the head wind without the daggerboard proved suprisingly easy, I'm guessing my 100kg weight immersed the floats sufficiently to provide adequate resistance to leeway!

Richard Woods notes: In the video of my second Tryst sail you can see me coming into a shallow beach to windward without the daggerboard. By heeling the boat to lee the deep V outrigger digs in enough to prevent excessive leeway (it is still more than a daggerboard though )

The little boat moved surprisingly quickly through the water, despite its heavy crew, and was extremely stable. The 63 sq ft balanced lug sail (by Hydes) seemed well suited to the boat. The loose foot sail was easy to adjust with the outhaul, downhaul & 'snotter' to give, to my eyes, a perfect shape. I seemed to be able to point to around 45deg.

A super little boat, I'm well pleased."

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Additional Information

Designer Name:
Woods Designs
Sail area (Imperial / Metric):
53sqft / 5sqm
Rig Type:
Lug, Sloop
Keel Type:
Length (range):
8' - 15'11"' / 2.44m - 4.85m
10' / 3m
Length at Waterline:
2.9m 9ft10in
2.4m 8ft (demountable to 1m -3ft3in)
Hull Weight:
Under 85 lbs / 38.56kg
Estimated Hull Weight:
30kgs 70lbs
Under 6" / 15.24cm
Unloaded Draft:
.13 -.75m 5in - 2ft6in
Number of Occupants:
2 adults max
Weight Capacity:
200kgs 420lbs
Primary Material:
Marine Plywood
Method of Construction:
Stitch and Glue
Hull Type:
Hull Shape:
flat bottom mainhull deep V outrigger
Power Source:
Built-in Floatation:
Unit of Measure:
Instruction Manual:
Step-by-Step Instructions
Lofting Required:
Recommended Experience Level:
Designer's Thoughts on Experience Level:
anyone can build this small cheap project
Boat Type:
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