Seahorse magazine has just published an article regarding Rapido Trimarans in its October 2019 issue. The article, On the March, may be viewed in full online on Seahorse’s website. Below, the opening paragraph has been reproduced.
[This article was also published in Yachting Racing.Life on 18 October 2019.]
In a multihull marketplace previously dominated by two-hull offerings a lot of careful thought and informed-development is ensuring that the trimaran configuration is finally getting more of the recognition that it deserves…
‘Compared with cruising cats, cruising trimarans in general are much simpler for their reliance on only one system for steering and propulsion,’ says Rapido’s designer Pete Melvin, who is one half of the mighty Morelli and Melvin design house famous for everything from America’s Cup and Jules Verne Trophy winners to cruising multihulls and Olympic Class one designs. ‘Less weight, complication, maintenance, tankage and cost are all factors that appeal to serious cruising sailors who are interested in getting further, faster and hassle-free. Sail control systems can also be simpler as the distances to route control lines can be less with a single, central location. This is also less hassle and expense.
…Designed and built for fast, safe ocean crossings, the Rapido 60 is a powerful passagemaker with a wide, stable platform and slim, very easily driven waterplanes. Note the flare in the main hull which significantly boosts the boat’s interior volume while hardly increasing wetted area…
To read the full and unabridged article, click onto the original article.