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Why Trimarans

WHY CRUISE ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN A RAPIDO 60 TRIMARAN?

Trimarans are fun because they enable you to discover places that others cannot venture to. 

When the rudder blade and dagger board are retracted, the draft of the Rapido 60 is just 0.75m which facilitates shallow water navigation and anchorage.

Comfortable and spacious nets measuring 6.3m x 3m on each side of the Rapido 60 provide enormous space to play or lounge upon when the fish are not biting.

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Some people claim that, for extended cruising, trimarans do not have sufficient living and storage space. While this may be true of trimarans that were originally designed for racing, this is not true for the Rapido Trimaran.

The Rapido 60 was conceived, designed and constructed as an owner-operated, powerful, ocean-cruising trimaran. The Rapido provides unparalleled living and storage space with safety, stability and comfort held as a top priority.


In summary, we are committed to building the best ocean-cruising trimaran in the world!

FAST AND POWERFUL

Trimarans are safe, powerful and fast as demonstrated by the fact that they consistently win races. 

Even in the storms of the southern oceans trimarans are safe, easy to handle and faster on all points of sail due to their wide beam and light weight.

In terms of safety, even in the storms of the southern oceans, trimarans are safe, easy to handle and faster on all points of sail due to their wide beam and light weight. In 2008, for example, Francis Joyon on "IDEC SPORT"​ was the first person to sail solo on a trimaran, non-stop, around the world. Joyon took just 57 days - 21 days faster than the fastest monohull. The current trimaran record is 40 days. Rapido Trimarans are committed to building the best ocean cruising trimaran in the world! Note: Rapido Trimarans are manufactured by Triac Composites, a sister company of Rapido Trimarans.

 

 

 

SAFE

Safety at sea is a major concern of ours and a top priority in the design and construction of the Rapido 60.

The foam sandwich and carbon construction provides an extremely strong and rigid struicture - that is also relatively light and designed to withstand the might of the oceans. 

The "T" foil rudder blade is designed to provide additional stability and control. 

Each float has four watertight bulkheads while the main hull has five bulkheads to ensure that the Rapido 60 is as safe and unsinkable as possible. 

The engine and main equipment compartment under the saloon has two bulkheads.

There are three emergency escape hatches. One is located in the forward cabin and one is in the aft cabin. The third is in the main storage compartment under the cockpit which has also been specifically designed as a safe survival area.

Automatic and portable bilge pumps are provided.

 

 

The helm position provides superb all round visibility. It is in an elevated position, away from the elements with a hard top bimini with sliding roof. There is a 1.2m wide seat/ leaning post for seating comfort and standing support.

Main controls are at the helm making single or short handed sailing easier and safer. Steering is direct with strong well-engineered Jefa systems. An emergency rudder blade is ready to deploy in an emergency. The engine compartment has an auto fire extinguisher system. There are an additional three portable fire extinguishers and a fire blanket. Diesel is the only fuel on board for engine, stove and heating which removes the  need to carry highly flammable cooking gas. 

The head sails are on furlers for ease of deployment and operation. There are twin bow anchors with the main anchor ready to deploy. A dedicated storage area for safety equipment and wet weather gear is located in the cockpit. Jack stays and clip-on points are provided as are bow and stern cockpit safety rails.  

The Rapido 60 is designed for optimal, fast, performance to get you out of harm's way as storm avoidance is one of the best safety options!  

The Rapido 60 has CE A certification. 

SPACIOUS

The Rapido 60 has some truly amazing living spaces which provide more open, private and intimate areas than monohulls or catamarans. Compared with an equivalent sized catamaran, the Rapido 60 offers superior usable storage. 

The cockpit, saloon, galley and navigation work station are all on the same level.

The expansive living space of 5.7 m x 3.8m gives all the best features of a bridge deck cruising catamaran - including excellent visibility - while retaining the trimaran's unbeatable perform,ance in terms of safety, stability and speed. 

Both the aft cabin and forward master cabin are spacious, bright and airy with private head and shower. The aft deck seating and lounging space near the helm ensures that crew and guests are all part of the action.

The area in front of the mast has been specifically designed as a private secure sun deck. Comfortable nets 6.3m x 3m on both sides of the Rapido 60 provide an enormous space to either play or just lounge.

The transom swim platform area is equipped with a hot and cold water shower. 

 

SPACIOUS

STABLE AND COMFORTABLE

Trimarans are comfortable on all points of sail.

Monohulls typically sail with 20-25 degrees of heel and roll at anchor, which makes living aboard uncomfortable and even exhausting. 

Catamarans are comfortable when moored but even the best tend to seesaw and pitch underway and, on a beat, the bridge deck slams into waves. This can make cruising quite uncomfortable and even if the catamaran is of the lighter variety - and few are - it greatly reduces speed.

Comfort and peace of mind on a voyage are essential. True comfort is when the design motion of the yacht is the best possible in all conditions because everything is in the right place to maximize stability. The Rapido 60 has centralized all heavy and variable items of equipment - including anchor chain, fuel, water and all provisions - for extended long term cruising.

The Rapido 60 with a waterline of 18m, combined with a huge righting moment due to massive buoyancy of the floats and an 11.7 m beam, produces a ride like it is on rails.

In typical conditions, one may expect 5-8 degrees of heel.  When hitting speeds of 25–30++ knots, the heel can increase to approximately 10 degrees.

Further enhancing the unparalleled stability and comfort, our "T" foil rudder blade actively generates lift or downforce as required to practically eliminate pitching. 

When the summer sun beats down, trimarans already tend to be cooler. The Rapido 60, with its foam sandwich and carbon construction, provides a very high degree of insulation. Additionally, under sail the mainsail provides large areas of shade on one side at most angles. Due to faster speeds, trimarans also create their own apparent wind which makes them noticeably cooler than slower boats.

After going ashore on a pitch black night, you will easily find your Rapido amongst a sea of other yachts at anchor simply because its the only mast light in the bay that's not moving around like a firefly!

 
STABLE AND COMFORTABLE

FUN, FAST, SAFE, SPACIOUS, STABLE AND COMFORTABLE

 

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