RAPIDO 60 TRIMARANS
The World's Ultimate Ocean Cruising Trimaran
Rapido 60 Trimarans
* Photo above: Rapido 60, "Ineffable", Las Palmas, Canary Islands, November 2018.
[Photo by Carola Breyer].
For more photos and videos, scroll below.
Billed as the World's Ultimate Ocean Cruising Trimaran, the Rapido 60 offers speed,
safety, performance - and luxury.
For details of the Rapido 50 Folding Ocean Cruising Trimaran, click here.
For details of the Rapido 60 Charter / Racer, click here or click to download the pdf file, click here.
For details of the Rapido 40 Folding Trimaran, click here.
The inspiration behind the Rapido 60 comes from Paul Koch (co founder of Rapido Trimarans), arguably, the man who has built more production trimarans than anyone else on the plane. The design is by world renowned naval architects, Morelli & Melvin and the construction is by Triac Composites.
The foam sandwich and carbon construction provides an extremely strong and rigid structure that is relatively light and designed to withstand the might of the oceans and offer speed in friendlier conditions.
The foam sandwich construction also offers a high degree of insulation making the Rapido cooler when the sun beats down.
Just how tough are the composites on the Rapido?
An ocean-crossing trimararan must be strong. Very strong. As big
as a 60' trimaran is, it is but a floating cork on a boundless ocean.
Morelli & Melvin enjoy a very strong international reputation which
includes designing entries for the America's Cup. Their computer
modelling said that the boat was very strong. And so we tested it.
We bolted the centre hull of the Rapido to the factory floor in
HCMC. We then brought in two mobile cranes - each took a
diagonal corner of the two outer hulls.
With one diagonal corner each, the two cranes began to lift
while the trimaran's centre hull remained bolted to the floor,
causing it to twist.
One tonne of lifting pressure. Two tonnes. Three tonnes...
As the trimaran twisted it began to creak and groan. But the
sensitive electronic equipment we had measuring every move
and twist remained unphased. Everything was within design
Seven tonnes. Eight tonnes. Nine tonnes! Enough!
The pressure was eased and the Rapido returned into its original condition - totally unaffected by the enormous pressure that hadbeen placed upon it.
The computer modelling had accurately predicted the enormous structural strength of the composites used in the Rapido.
A stunning success for the Rapido and another milestone for composites.
Specifications for Rapido 60 (click to download)
Rapido 60 reviews in the media
Rapido 60' the fastest production multihull in the world?, International Multihulls World, December 2017
RAPIDO 60’ : Le multicoque de série habitable le plus rapide du monde?, Multihulls World, 23 November 2017
Finding Mrs Right, Boating New Zealand, August 2016
Blue Water Cruising Trimaran, Australian Multihulls World, August 2016
Rapido 60, Cruising World, 25 August, 2016
Rapido 60, by Emma Bamford, Sailing Today.
Rapido Trimaran, German Multihull Magazine, December, 2014
Trimarans, Multihull World French, December, 2014
Rapido Trimarans' website
Rapido Trimarans' interior, built and fitted-out by Triac Composites.
More photos of the Rapido 60
Video: The Rapido 60 - The World's Fastest Cruising Multihull.