Discover the Rapido 53XS: “Xtra Space".



General Details

  • Length overall (LOA): 16.1m (53ft)
  • Length of waterline (LWL): 15.2m (50ft)
  • Beam overall (BOA): 10.36m (34ft)
  • Freeboard: 1.67m (5.5ft)
  • Daggerboard up: 0.67m (2.2ft)
  • Daggerboard down: 3.94m (11.5ft)
  • Average light displacement (subject to final options): 9,350kgs (20,613lbs)
  • Headroom in saloon and cockpit: 2.0m (6.6')
  • Headroom in forward cabin: 1.91m (6.27')
  • Floats – Storage volume (at greatest dim.): 4.6m (L) x 1.1m (W) x 1.5m (H)
  • Beneath cockpit – Storage volume (at greatest dim.): 1.3m (L) x 2.8m (W) x 1.2m (H) 
  • Air draft: 26.56m (87ft)

Download high resolution 53XS Layout drawing (11 May 2023)


  • Main: 117m2 (1,259sqf)
  • Asym Spin: 230m2 (2,476sqf)
  • Reacher: 150m2 (1,615sqf)
  • Jib / Solent: 73m2 (786 sqf)
  • SA Staysail: 25m2 (268sqf)

The Rapido 53XS

The “Xtra Space” of the Rapido 53XS is for sailors requiring three cabins without unduly compromising performance.

Morrelli and Melvin have achieved this outcome in the XS by retaining the same efficient shape of the Rapido 50’s hull at the waterline level – and extending it. Above the waterline, she flares out to support an expansive deck at the cost of just 800kgs to the boat’s overall weight.

Other Features

  • No central dagger board: two C curve pre-preg carbon dagger boards,
    one on each float hull
  • No central rudder: twin fixed pre-preg carbon rudder blades, one on each float hull that extend to the lowest point of the main hull to facilitate access to shallow water. 
  • Three cabins / two heads / additional informal sleeping arrangements which ensure the sailing experience is generously shared.

This version is non folding.

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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.


– in the media

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

  1. Sailboat Review, Rapido 40, A sailor’s dream boat, by Mark Pillsbury, Cruising World magazine, 6 May 2024
  2. Rapido host much anticipated launch of first Rapido 53XS, Sails magazine, 1 May 2024
  3. Rapido 53XS – a peak speed of 24 knots during initial sea trials, by Emmanuel van Deth, Multihulls World, 19 April 2024
  4. Rapido 53XS, the new 16m globetrotter of a trimaran, by Aldo Fumagalli, Vela magazine, 24 January 2024
  5. First look – Rapido 53XS, a 20 knot cruiser, by Toby Hodges, Yachting World, 29 December 2023
  6. Video. Sailing Bliss: Unveiling the Rapido 40 Trimaran – GIDDY UP!!!, by Naval Gazing at Camp David, December 2023
  7. Video. The Rapido 53XS: Tour, review and ideas, by Naval Gazing at Camp David, December 2023
  8. Rapido 53XS Review, by Yachting World, 9 November 2023
  9. Video. Der Kat-Jäger: Carbon-Trimaran Rapido 40 aus Vietnam (“The cat hunter: carbon trimaran Rapido 40 from Vietnam”) by Yacht TV, 12 October 2023
  10. Cruising World announces Rapido 40 as Boat of the Year 2024 nominee, Cruising World, 26 September 2023
  11. Rapido 40 carbon trimaran from Vietnam – the test, by Michael Good, German Yacht Magazine, 21 September 2023
  12. C-foils on a fast cruising trimaran? This looks rapid!, Rapido 40 tour, Yachting World magazine video by Toby Hodges, 8 September 2023
  13. Rapido 40: The Alternative Trimaran, by François-Xavier de Crécy with photos by Ludovic Fruchaud, LE MONDE DU MULTICOQUE #24 by Voile Magazine. July, 2024.
  14. The Rapido 40 is a 20 knot cruising tri, George Day, Cruising Compass, 24 May, 2023
  15. Boat Review of Rapido 40, Zuzana Prochazka, Sail Magazine, 4 May 2023
  16. Rapido 40: ultra fast cruising in complete safety on three hulls, Maxime Leriche,, 25 April 2023
  17. Boat anomaly: Rapido 40 Trimaran, No Frills Sailing, 19 April 2023
  18. Rapido 40 – Fast, foldable and worry free!, Multihulls World magazine, No. 189, May-July 2023
  19. Shipyard Focus: Rapido Trimarans, by Kevin Green, Multihulls World, August / September 2022.
  20. Rapido, changing the game, by Zuzana Prochazka, Sail Magazine, 23 March, 2022
  21. Rapido 40: A livable sailboat for cruising on 3 hulls, Briag Merlet, Sailboat News, 23 February 2022.
  22. Rapido, changing the game, (takes a detailed look at the cutting edge design and technology of Morrelli & Melvin) by Zuzana Prochazka, Multihull Sailor, December 2021
  23. Boat Review: Rapido 50, Kevin Green, Boating New Zealand, November 2021
  24. Harnessing Speed, by Kevin Green, Boating New Zealand, November 2021
  25. Rapido 60 Trimaran Boat Review: A Bold Gamechanger For Performance Bluewater Cruising, by Zuzana Prochazka, Yacht World, 23 September, 2021.
  26. Harnessing the wind, by Kevin Green, Multihulls World, September / October 2021 issue, 6 page spread on Rapido Trimarans.
  27. Sailing La Vagabonde choose Rapido 60 to sail world’s oceans, video announcement by SLV to their 1.59 million subscribers, You Tube, 8 June 2021
  28. The Ultimate Racer-Cruiser: Clients on Romanza are turning heads on the racetrack when they’re not cruising at high speed, North Sails, 19 April, 2021
  29. Making Short-handed Short Work – Onboard Rapido 60, Anna Merchant, Sail-World, 11 February 2021
  30. Rapido 50 News from the Shipyards, Multihulls World, 2 February 2021
  31. Buyers’ Guide 2021, Rapido 50, Multihulls World, 18 December 2020
  32. “New breed” Rapido 40 & 50, Yachting World magazine, November 2020
  33. Cruising Helmsman reviews Rapido 60, October 2020
  34. Romanza takes top spot in Yates Cup, SEA Yachting magazine, September 2020
  35. Rapido Trimarans relocates production arm into VietnamSEA Yachting magazine, Nov/Dec 2019.
  36. Rapido Trimarans, On the March, Seahorse Magazine, October 2019.
  37. (French) Rapido 40, un trimaran repliable de 12 m,, 29 August 2019.
  38. Rapido 60 – The most exciting production multihull in the world? (or click here for selection of quotes), Multihulls Magazine, Summer (July) 2019.
  39. Rapido, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, June 2019 (pp23-24)
  40. Ineffable’s Steve Bourne: I’m a nutter for sailing, Daily Herald, 26 February 2019.
  41. Rapido 60′ the fastest production multihull in the world?, International Multihulls World, December 2017
  42. RAPIDO 60’ : Le multicoque de série habitable le plus rapide du monde?, Multihulls World, 23 November 2017
  43. Finding Mrs Right, Boating New Zealand, August 2016
  44. Blue Water Cruising Trimaran, Australian Multihulls World, August 2016
  45. Rapido 60, Cruising World, 25 August, 2016
  46. Rapido 60, by Emma Bamford, Sailing Today.