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General Details

  • Length overall (LOA): 15.24m
  • Length of waterline (LWL): 14.96m
  • Beam overall (BOA): 10.38m
  • BOA (folded): 5.5m
  • BOA (float to float CL): 9.32 m
  • Freeboard: 1.60m
  • T (board up) 0.67m
  • T (board down): 3.52m
  • Displacement (light): 6.55t
  • Displacement (max): 8.40t
  • Mast Height above DWL: 22.98m

Sails Rapido 50 SailPlan (29Aug19)

  • SA Main: 95m2
  • SA Solent: 54m2
  • SA Staysail: 18m2
  • SA Reacher: 125m2
  • SA Asym Spin: 160m2

General Information

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

Patented folding mechanism for 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!

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 be bullet proof and to last.

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Further details – Rapido 50


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.


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


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.


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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50in the media


Below is a list of articles which have appeared in various publications regarding the Rapido Trimaran.
  1. Rapido 60′ the fastest production multihull in the world?, International Multihulls World, December 2017
  2. RAPIDO 60’ : Le multicoque de série habitable le plus rapide du monde?, Multihulls World, 23 November 2017
  3. Finding Mrs Right, Boating New Zealand, August 2016
  4. Blue Water Cruising Trimaran, Australian Multihulls World, August 2016
  5. Rapido 60, Cruising World, 25 August, 2016
  6. Rapido 60, by Emma Bamford, Sailing Today.
  7. Rapido Trimaran, German Multihull Magazine, December, 2014
  8. Trimarans, Multihull World French, December, 2014

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