[Note, this Rapido model is now the Rapido 53XS] “Rapido 50XS – All the performance of a trimaran, but with the volume of a catamaran…”, writes Multihulls World magazine (July / August 2023 (No. 190)). Published, 26 May 2023.

Below is an edited extract of the original article.

The Rapido 50XS takes the Morrelli & Melvin hull design of the “classic” 50, using a fixed structure (i.e. not foldable) with an added 1,760 lbs (800 kg) of extra superstructure.

The aim is to offer 3 comfortable cabins and two bathrooms.

The manufacturer could have stuck to this concession to comfort… but no, the appendages have also been completely revised.

Two C-shaped daggerboards built in prepreg carbon – one on each float – replace the central daggerboard, offering increased space in the saloon and a 360-degree view.

As for the 50’s fixed central rudder, it gives way to two fixed spade rudders (again in prepreg carbon), one on each float hull. The draft of the appendages has been calculated so as not to exceed that of the central hull.

Original articles

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Technical information

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