Discover the Rapido 50


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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′)


  • SA Main: 95m2 (1,023sqf)
  • SA Solent: 54m2 (581sqf)
  • SA Staysail: 18m2 (194sqf)
  • SA Reacher: 125m2 (1,345sqf)
  • SA Asym Spin: 160m2 (1,722sqf)

General Information

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

Every exceptional product needs a source of inspiration. For the all-new Rapido 50, that source has been the Rapido 60 which has proven herself to be an exceptional trimaran for:

  • Podium performances
  • Fast passage-making
  • Classic cruising
  • Couples; and
  • Sailors

Critically, the Rapido 60’s DNA can be found throughout the Rapido 50.

When the idea to make the Rapido 50 a folding trimaran was first suggested – yes, that’s right, a 50′ trimaran that folds! – 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!

Advantages of the Rapido 50’s folding system

Rapido 40 folding floats
Rapido 40 folding floats

Folding floats:

  • Access to single marina berths
  • Access to all marinas
  • Reduced marina, hard stand and shipping costs
  • Keeps floats in upright position (no barnacles or algae on sides)
  • Maintains stability of trimaran in folding position and during folding

Folding mechanism:

  • High tech design by Morrelli & Melvin
  • Patented Design (concept by Paul Koch, Australia Patent Application No. 2019902014)
The Rapido folding system is winch-assisted to take away, what some people say, the “back-breaking" strength required on bigger boats with other systems.

Summary of Rapido 50

The Rapido 50 sets a new standard in the market place. Upon its launch in October 2020, it will generate an enormous amount of interest and attention. Its benefits include it being:

  • Lighter
  • Faster
  • Easier and safer to handle with self-tacking jib, roller furler head sails and spreaderless mast
  • CE A Certification for safer ocean crossings
  • Better weight distribution with heavy items (eg engine) in the middle of the boat
  • Functional interior finished to Rapido 60 standards
  • High tech, infused carbon foam sandwich construction with beams, daggerboards, ruddercase and blade made from prepreg carbon and cured in autoclave
  • Folding floats (reduced fees for marina, hard stand and shipping)

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:

Posted by Rapido Trimarans on Wednesday, 2 October 2019

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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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– 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,, 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.