Discover the Rapido 60 – Sailing La Vagabonde has.

Specifications

General Details

  • Length: 18.1m (59.3 ft)
  • Beam: 11.7m (38.4 ft)
  • Draft: 0.75m (2.5 ft)
  • Displacement (light): 10,000kg (22,046 lb)
  • Displacement (max load): 12,000kg (26,456 lb)
  • Headroom (average): 2.1m (6 ft 9”)
  • Mast height above water: 25.3m (83 ft)

Further information:

Sailing La Vagabonde to sail world’s oceans on a Rapido 60. 8 June 2021. See video below.

https://rapidotrimarans.com/sailing-la-vagabonde-choose-rapido-60-to-sail-worlds-oceans.html
Sailing La Vagabonde have announced to their 1.59 million subscribers on You Tube that they are getting a Rapido 60. Click to play video. [8 June2021]

Sails

  • Mainsail: 125m² (1,345 ft²)
  • Solent: 71m² (764 ft²)
  • Storm sail: 25m² (269 ft²)
  • Reacher: 130m² (1,399 ft²)
  • Asymmetric Spin: 225m² (2,422 ft²)

General Information

“I  sailed Rapido Hull #01 on the Mediterranean Sea the other day and we were doing 14 knots upwind while cooking in the spacious kitchen!" Ferdinand van West (former F18 World Champion working with designers, Morrelli & Melvin). (Click here for original article in Catamaran Racing.)

Billed as the World’s Ultimate Ocean Cruising Trimaran, the Rapido 60 really is the Queen of the Oceans. It offers speed, safety, performance – and luxury.

The inspiration behind the Rapido 60 comes from Paul Koch (co founder of Rapido Trimarans), arguably, the man who has built more production trimarans than anyone else on the planet.

The design is by world renowned naval architects, Morelli & Melvin Design and Engineering who use some of the most sophisticated technology in the world. Triac Composites is our exclusive builder.

While the foam sandwich and carbon construction is lightweight which gives the boat its speed, it also provides an extremely strong and rigid structure that has been designed to withstand the might of the oceans.

An additional benefit of the foam sandwich construction is the high degree of insulation, protecting the Rapido when the sun beats down.

So just how tough are the composites on the Rapido?

An ocean-crossing trimaran must be strong. Very strong.

As big as a 60′ trimaran is, it is but a floating cork on a boundless ocean.

Morelli & Melvin enjoy a very strong international reputation. Their designs even include entries for the America’s Cup.

Onboard the Rapido 60 Romanza at its first regatta – Race Week

Come on board the new Rapido 60 from New Zealand called Romanza & take a tour with the owners and hear from crewman Chris Nicholson #HIRW Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering Inc. @rapidotrimarans

Posted by Hamilton Island Race Week on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

[Video caption: Take a tour onboard Rapido 60, Romanza with owners, Dougall and Jaz Love, during Hamilton Island Race Week.]

Morrelli & Melvin’s computer modelling said that the Rapido 60 was very strong. And so we tested it.

We bolted the centre hull of the Rapido to the factory floor in HCMC. We then brought in two mobile cranes – each took a diagonal corner of the two outer hulls. With one diagonal corner each, the two cranes began to lift while the trimaran’s centre hull remained bolted to the floor, causing it to twist. One tonne of lifting pressure… Two tonnes… Three tonnes…

As the trimaran twisted it began to creak and groan. But the sensitive electronic equipment we had measuring every move and twist remained unphased. Everything was within design parameters.

Seven tonnes… Eight tonnes… Nine tonnes…

Enough!

The pressure was eased and the Rapido spring back into its original condition – totally unaffected by the enormous twisting pressure that had been placed upon it.

The computer modelling had accurately predicted the incredible structural strength of the composites used in the Rapido. The Rapido is built to take on the oceans.

Rapido is, simply, the Queen of the Oceans.

[Video above: Rapido 60, Romanza, races effortlessly at 24 knots during the opening day of Airlie Beach Race Week (Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia) in August 2018.]

[Video above: Owner of Rapido 60, Ineffable, Steve Bourne is interviewed about his boat for the 39th St Maarten Heineken Regatta.]

[Video above; Rapido 60, Romanza wins the PIC Coastal Classic in New Zealand in November 2020. And it wasn’t all hard sailing out there over the 21 hours.]

FAST AND POWERFUL

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.

safe

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

spacious

The Rapido 60 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.

fun

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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60 IN ACTION

60in the media

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

  1. Rapido 60 Trimaran Boat Review: A Bold Gamechanger For Performance Bluewater Cruising, by Zuzana Prochazka, Yacht World, 23 September, 2021.
  2. Harnessing the wind, by Kevin Green, Multihulls World, September / October 2021 issue, 6 page spread on Rapido Trimarans.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Making Short-handed Short Work – Onboard Rapido 60, Anna Merchant, Sail-World, 11 February 2021
  6. Rapido 50 News from the Shipyards, Multihulls World, 2 February 2021
  7. Buyers’ Guide 2021, Rapido 50, Multihulls World, 18 December 2020
  8. “New breed” Rapido 40 & 50, Yachting World magazine, November 2020
  9. Cruising Helmsman reviews Rapido 60, October 2020
  10. Romanza takes top spot in Yates Cup, SEA Yachting magazine, September 2020
  11. Rapido Trimarans relocates production arm into Vietnam, SEA Yachting magazine, Nov/Dec 2019.
  12. Rapido Trimarans, On the March, Seahorse Magazine, October 2019.
  13. (French) Rapido 40, un trimaran repliable de 12 m, Bateaux.com, 29 August 2019.
  14. Rapido 60 – The most exciting production multihull in the world? (or click here for selection of quotes), Multihulls Magazine, Summer (July) 2019.
  15. Rapido, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, June 2019 (pp23-24)
  16. Ineffable’s Steve Bourne: I’m a nutter for sailing, Daily Herald, 26 February 2019.
  17. Rapido 60′ the fastest production multihull in the world?, International Multihulls World, December 2017
  18. RAPIDO 60’ : Le multicoque de série habitable le plus rapide du monde?, Multihulls World, 23 November 2017
  19. Finding Mrs Right, Boating New Zealand, August 2016
  20. Blue Water Cruising Trimaran, Australian Multihulls World, August 2016
  21. Rapido 60, Cruising World, 25 August, 2016
  22. Rapido 60, by Emma Bamford, Sailing Today.