Discover the Rapido 50

Specifications

(For more images of the Rapido being built, visit Rapido Trimarans’ Facebook page.)

General Details

  • Length overall (LOA): 15.24m (50′ 9")
  • Length of waterline (LWL): 14.96m (49′ 1")
  • Beam overall (BOA): 10.38m (34′ 1")
  • BOA (folded): 5.5m (18′ 1") (59′ 5")
  • BOA (float to float CL): 9.32 m (30′ 7")
  • Freeboard: 1.60m (5′ 3")
  • T (board up) 0.67m (2′ 2")
  • T (board down): 3.52m (11′ 7")
  • Displacement (light): 6,550kgs (14,440lbs)
  • Displacement (max): 8,400kgs (18,519lbs)
  • Mast Height above DWL: 24.7m (81′)

Sails 

  • SA Main: 95m2 (1,023sqf)
  • SA Solent: 54m2 (581sqf)
  • SA Staysail: 18m2 (194sqf)
  • SA Reacher: 125m2 (1,345sqf)
  • SA Asym Spin: 160m2 (1,722sqf)
  • Click to download in pdf format, Rapido 50 SailPlan (29Aug19)

General Information

The Rapido 50 – The World’s Ultimate Folding Cruising Trimarans

Patented folding mechanism for Rapido 40 and Rapido 50

Rapido Trimarans is delighted to unveil the pioneering folding mechanism that we will use on our all-new, Rapido 50 Trimaran, designed by Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering Inc. (concept by Paul Koch, Australia Patent Application No. 2019902014).The Rapido 50's folding mechanism allows owners to moor in a single-berth at a marina, saving costs. Additionally, by folding the floats in the upright position, say goodbye to the barnacles growing up the side of the float (as can be the case with other folding mechanisms in the market).Welcome to the all new Rapido 50. A new future!Leave your comments below!ENQUIRIESTo discuss further, email co founder of Rapido Trimarans, Paul Koch: paul@rapidotrimarans.com

Posted by Rapido Trimarans on Wednesday, 2 October 2019

When the idea to make the Rapido 50 a folding trimaran was first suggested, our initial reaction was, “ARE YOU CRAZY??”.

But after consulting with Pete Melvin from our designers, Morelli & Melvin, we thought, “Why not!”. After all, our management team has built more folding trimarans than anyone else in the world and if anyone understands the challenges and how to do it right, we do!

The folding mechanism will add a small amount to the initial cost but the ability to park the boat in any marina that accepts monohulls will make it all worthwhile and the payback will be huge! (The folding mechanism is designed by Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering Inc.  and the concept is by Paul Koch, Australia Patent Application No. 2019902014).

Rapido 50 Sail Plan
Click to download Rapido 50 Sail Plan in pdf format.

Advantages of the Rapido 50’s folding system

The Rapido folding system keeps the floats vertical when in the folded position. This prevents growth from occuring on the sides of the floats which does happen on other folding systems. And, unless you are prepared to clean the floats prior to your next sail, it will look visually unappealing. Not so with the Rapido 50 which keeps the side of the floats in pristine condition.
Compared with yet other systems, the Rapido model actually adds to the overall strength of the boat by reducing the loads on the beams when sailing and it does not make the boat any longer when folded thus reducing the length of the marina berth or slip required.
The Rapido folding system is winch-assisted to take away, what some people say, the back-breaking force required on bigger boats with other systems.
The Rapido folding system does add some cost and complexity but, we believe, is easily justified by the massive advantages in practice. 
And, having been designed by Morrelli & Melvin, it is designed to last. It’s bullet proof.
Summary of Rapido 50

The Rapido 50 sailing trimaran is CE Certified (Category A) for ocean crossings, offering maximum safety, stability and sea comfort. The construction is fiberglass/ carbon foam sandwich and has multiple water-tight compartments. Even the engine is in its own water tight compartment. Transducers are in water tight wells.

The length to displacement ratio / righting moment is superb making the Rapido 50 incredibly stable and safe.

The shape of the hulls and weight advantage means that for those interested in electric propulsion, this trimaran will achieve approximately double the nautical miles under power compared with an equivalent sized cat.

The R50’s interior has lightweight, extremely strong, top-end joinery.

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Further details – Rapido 50

FAST AND POWERFUL

Trimarans are safe, powerful and fast as demonstrated by the fact that they consistently win races and hold the solo speed record for circumnavigating the world.

safe

Safety at sea is the No. 1 priority and this thinking is reflected throughout the design and construction of the Rapido.

spacious

The Rapido has some truly amazing living spaces which provide more open, private and intimate areas than monohulls or catamarans.

stable and comfortable

Trimarans are comfortable on all points of sail.

fun

The combination of safety, performance and comfort put the Rapido in a league of its own. The enormous trampoline nets add fun and excitement as you watch the blue water rush underneath you – or as you lounge on the nets while gently floating over a reef. You will be instantly hooked.

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50 IN ACTION

– in the media

Below is a list of articles which have appeared in various publications regarding Rapido Trimarans.

  1. Rapido Trimarans relocates production arm into Vietnam, SEA Yachting magazine, Nov/Dec 2019.
  2. Rapido Trimarans, On the March, Seahorse Magazine, October 2019.
  3. (French) Rapido 40, un trimaran repliable de 12 m, Bateaux.com, 29 August 2019.
  4. Rapido 60 – The most exciting production multihull in the world? (or click here for selection of quotes), Multihulls Magazine, Summer (July) 2019.
  5. Rapido, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, June 2019 (pp23-24)
  6. Ineffable’s Steve Bourne: I’m a nutter for sailing, Daily Herald, 26 February 2019.
  7. Rapido 60′ the fastest production multihull in the world?, International Multihulls World, December 2017
  8. RAPIDO 60’ : Le multicoque de série habitable le plus rapide du monde?, Multihulls World, 23 November 2017
  9. Rapido 50, Robert H. Perry, Sailing Magazine, 1 October 2017
  10. Finding Mrs Right, Boating New Zealand, August 2016
  11. Blue Water Cruising Trimaran, Australian Multihulls World, August 2016
  12. Rapido 60, Cruising World, 25 August, 2016
  13. Rapido 60, by Emma Bamford, Sailing Today.