Seahorse magazine has just published an article regarding Rapido Trimarans in its October 2019 issue. The article, On the March, may be viewed in full online on Seahorse’s website. Below, the opening paragraph has been reproduced.
In a multihull marketplace previously dominated by two-hull offerings a lot of careful thought and informed-development is ensuring that the trimaran configuration is finally getting more of the recognition that it deserves.
Rapido Trimarans, is the brainchild of directors Paul Koch and James Sganzerla, who ran the highly regarded and successful Corsair Marine from 1994 to 2010. Their collective experience of 60 years building more than 1,500 trimarans is combined with the corporate and production management expertise of Richard Eyre, Phil Johns and Damien Judd. The hard-won experience and eye for detail of this core team guides their talented, 60-strong Vietnamese staff at Triac Composites, who produce lightweight high-end composite structures that span numerous disciplines...
‘Compared with cruising cats, cruising trimarans in general are much simpler for their reliance on only one system for steering and propulsion,’ says Rapido’s designer Pete Melvin, who is one half of the mighty Morelli and Melvin design house famous for everything from America’s Cup and Jules Verne Trophy winners to cruising multihulls and Olympic Class one designs. ‘Less weight, complication, maintenance, tankage and cost are all factors that appeal to serious cruising sailors who are interested in getting further, faster and hassle-free. Sail control systems can also be simpler as the distances to route control lines can be less with a single, central location. This is also less hassle and expense.
…Designed and built for fast, safe ocean crossings, the Rapido 60 is a powerful passagemaker with a wide, stable platform and slim, very easily driven waterplanes. Note the flare in the main hull which significantly boosts the boat’s interior volume while hardly increasing wetted area…
To read the full and unabridged article, click onto the original article.
On the March, Seahorse magazine, October 2019
Rapido Trimarans - On the March, Yachting Life, 18 October 2019