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Discover the Rapido RC17 Owner's


We have two versions of the Rapido 17m cat, RC17: the day charter version (RC17 Comm.) and the private version (RC17 Owner’s).

Strengthened underwater sections of the hulls, protected props and bow steps enable easy access to the beach. Swimming from the stern is simple.

There is space for water toys and lots of open, airy (but shaded) space.

There would be four distinct areas:

  1. Upper deck
  2. Bow seating
  3. Saloon and
  4. Aft deck.

These areas give people options to be social or private, an important factor lacking in most designs. One could enclose the aft deck more for all-weather protection if required.

The RC17 has been designed and built to be a practical, robust, easy to operate and maintain cat.

Propulsion can be diesels or hybrids and electric. 

Private version 

The emphasis in the private version isn’t over-sized cabins for sleeping. Rather, the focus is on excellent, bright, airy, open, living spaces. There could be three or four cabins, two or three heads and an extra helm in the saloon. The RC17 (Owner’s) is a superb social boat for entertaining family, friends and business associates.

The RC17 can cruise at 22–25knots. 


For a complete list of specifications (EN and FR), download the pdf file, RC17 Private_MainParticulars 10 Sept 19.


  1. RC17 Profile

    RC17 Profile. Download pdf files (see left) for full details.

    RC17P_LO_01_V2 (Profile)
  2. RC17P_LO_02_V2 (Bow and stern views)
  3. RC17P_LO_03_V2 (Flybridge)
  4. RC17P_LO_04-1_V2 (Main deck)
  5. RC17P_LO_04-2_V2 (Main deck (steering in console))
  6. RC17P_LO_05_V2 (Lower deck)
  7. RC17P_LO_06_V2 (Centreline section to starboard))
  8. RC17P_LO_07_V2 (Centreline section to port)
  9. RC17P_LO_08_VC (Hull centreline – stbd)
  10. RC17P_LO_09_V2 (Hull centreline  (port))
  11. RC17P_LO_10_V2 (Aft & Fwd)
  12. RC17P_LO_11_V2 (Aft & Fwd)
  13. RC17-Private_LO_V1 (1) (Profile)

An abridged list of particulars is detailed below.

Length / Longueur                                                                                                         

  • Maximum length / longueur max: 17.62m
  • Length of hull / longueur de coque: 17.14m
  • Length of waterline (at DWL) / Longueur à la flottaison: 17.07m

Beam /Largeur                                                                                                                

  • Maximum beam / largeur max: 6.5m
  • Beam of hull / largeur de coque: 6.48m
  • Beam at waterline (at DWL)* / Largeur à la flottaison: 1.44m
  • Beam of chine*: 1.26m
  • Beam between centres of bouyancy / Largeur totale à la flottaison: 4.85m

Depth / Profondeur                                                                                                       

  • Maximum depth / tirant d’eau: 2.7m
  • Midship depth/ Tirant d’eau centre de carène: 2.69m

Freeboard  / Franc-bord                                                                                              

  • Freeboard forward  (up to hawsehole) Franc bord avant: 1.88m
  • Freeboard midship (up to hawsehole) Franc bord centre de carène: 2.06m
  • Freeboard aft (up to deck level) Franc bord arrière: 1.13m

Draught / Tirant d’eau                                                                                                 

  • Canoe body draught (at DWL) / Tirant d’eau flotteur: 0.89m
  • Minimum draught (at LC) / Tirant d’eau minimum: 0.88m
  • Maximum draught (at LDC)/ Tirant d’eau maximum: 1.25m

Height / hauteur                                                                                                             

  • Air draught (excluding antenna) / Tirant d’air (hors antenne): 6.64m

Catamarans Vs monohulls

Catamarans hold a number of advantages over monohulls in commercial and leisure options, including:

  • A softer ride: catamarans provide 30-50 per cent lower “vertical accelerations” on seaway (less “slamming” over swells)
  • The usable length of craft being larger
  • High stability
  • Higher survivability if the hulls are damaged
  • Small “heel” angles at turn
  • Comfortable seating, more space per passenger; and
  • Safe evacuation routes.

In terms of market share, 60-70 per cent of all passenger high speed craft are catamarans.

Rapido Catamarans (RC), a subsidiary of Rapido Trimarans Limited, is marketing a range of commercial catamarans which are designed by Albatross Marine Design (AMD) and built exclusively by Triac Composites.

AMD is a leading Asian-based design office specialising in naval architecture and engineering of small and high speed for craft commercial special and recreational applications with special expertise in design of catamarans and composite structures.

AMD has been recognised with the European Product Design Award in 2019.

RC17 (Owner) – is designed for the owner looking for a little more luxury in their life on the water.

Free trade agreements make Vietnam particularly attractive

Vietnam has been working hard to increase its level of competitiveness on the world stage. 

Already, Vietnam is a signatory to 12 free trade agreements and is currently negotiating another seven which is good news for international customers wishing to source products from Vietnam.

For further details on the free trade agreements that Vietnam has signed up to, click onto Vietnam’s Free Trade Agreements – Opportunities for Your Business by Dezan, Shira and Associates on 9 May, 2019. 

Enquire now!

For further information on the RC12, please contact us at paul@rapidotrimarans.com

Rapido Trimarans’ owned and managed manufacturing facility, Triac Composites, is based in HCMC, Vietnam. We have a highly skilled workforce managed by a highly experienced international management team. Our factory also has water frontage which now makes delivery by water an option if required.

It’s that easy.

You are also very welcome to visit our factory in HCMC, Vietnam.

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