An Interesting Project from the Planet Multihull

The Kanka project started with a personal brief. A small and fast boat that is: easy to construct by one person, easily transportable, eco-friendly as well as inexpensive. It was decided fairly early on that the boat would need to be stable as it is rather uncomfortable to capsize during the winter season. This was the main factor in making the Kanka 14 a trimaran. With François Pérus, Romain Scolari and Tanguy De Bonnieres as the naval architects behind this project, nothing can possibly go wrong.

The Kanka 14 is a 14-foot-long sailing trimaran that comes in a kit that you can build yourself at home. It is an easy to build boat that you can go sailing on once you have completed building it. Everything you need to build this boat comes in the box. These materials include: plywood, wood, the glue, bio-sourced epoxy resin and fibre-glass, fasteners, carbon mast and aluminium boom, sails, nests, deck gear, running and staying rigging and dyneema lashings.

There are many reasons to buy the Kanka 14 kit. These reasons include:

  • Fast sailing trimaran
  • Inexpensive to build
  • Fun, bonding experience for a family
  • Next unique challenge for a woodworking course
  • A community project to bring people together
  • Develops interest in sailing / spending time on the water
  • FUN!

Can you imagine the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you have not only built your own boat but can then go sailing on it? This project will tie in the amazement you feel for completing a goal and the ability to then use said project to create more fun and dreams. With the construction process and subsequent completion of building your own boat, families and communities can reconnect as well as discover new passions. It can also lead you to explore the world around you. If you add that building your own boat and then sailing it is a new and unique project for anyone. It appears to be very difficult to determine why you should NOT buy your own Kanka 14 kit.

The wood, plywood in particular was chosen for numerous reasons. These include:

  • Wood is adaptable
  • The absence of a mould means that the owner can construct the Kanka 14 with flexibility
  • It is environmentally friendlier to use wood than other materials.

With a more developed industry it is much easier to recycle wood than other materials used in construction. Using wood also means there are less solvents and irritating dust particles when you are constructing your boat.

Below are the specs for the Kanka 14:

Length: 4m
Width: 3.7m
Displacement: 135kg
Draft: 0.15,-1m
Mast length: 6.3m
Mainsail: 8m2
Jib: 4m2
Screecher: TBD
Design: Yacht Design Collective and Tanguy De Bonnieres

If you want to buy your own Kanka 14 kit, call John Rich on 0412 517 424 or email him at johnrich@planetmultihull.com.

iFLY15 to attempt world record Cowes to Dinard / St Malo

Breaking News: Yo Wiebel and Tamara Baumann on a iFLY15 filing catamaran are attempting to break the world record Cowes to Dinard / Saint Malo in July 2021! They will be crossing the English Channel, which is 138 nm (255km) offshore. They will foil through one of the toughest bodies of water.

In the summer of 2019, Yo Wiebel and Tamara Baumann on a iFLY15 catamaran successfully crossed the English Channel via the same route. The official World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) route is the longest distance to cross the English Channel. This route is very challenging due to the sea state and the tidal currents.

The duo mastered the iFLY on the long journey without encountering any issues – they were flying in a stable way over choppy sea. This is proof of the iFLY’s seaworthiness, reliability and fun! 

After starting the long day at 2.45am at Stokes Bay Sailing Club, the iFLY team crossed the starting line at Royal Yacht Squadron at the Isla of Wight at 5.30am. They then crossed the English Channel to their destination of Saint Malo. During the journey, they passed by the Cherbourg Peninsula and two of the Channel Islands: Alderney and Jersey. 

During the crossing, Yo and Tamara made excellent speeds that were easily fast enough to break the existing world record of 19 hours 42 minutes. Unfortunately, a big lul on the last miles of the journey brought the progress to a grinding halt and prevented Wiebel and Baumann from setting a new record. They arrived in Saint Male safe and happy. Despite the late night arrival, this iFLY15 racing duo are still determined to beat the record. 

Luckily for us, in July 2021, Yo Wiebel and Tamara Baumann will get their chance!

For anyone attempting the record, the process is done in a very professional way:

  • The official registration is done at World Sailing WSSRC. The solemn oath is taken by John Reed and is sealed black box aboard. There is someone to attest this at the departure
  • The experienced sailing team are:
    • Yo Wiebel – rounding Cape Horn on a beach catamaran with Frank Gammas 
    • Tamara Baumann – 49er sailor from Zurich, Switzerland
  • Professional weather and tide routing by Andreas Hanakamp is provided
  • There is a long stand-by phase for the best weather window
  • The crossing is scheduled for July. This will take advantage of long daylight hours and warm temperatures for sailing
  • There is support from Strokes Bay Sailing Club – the departure from England, and Saint Lunaire Sailing Club, the destination in France
  • Further, from RYA, Yacht magazine and sponsors 
  • There is a motorboat accompanying a big part of the journey for security as well as providing media (i.e. video and photos)
  • There is complete and modern security and communication equipment
  • Online tracking of the journey is done for spectators

Preparing for Long Term Cruising with a Pre-Existing Medical Condition

Having a pre-existing medical condition, or something similar is no reason to stop living, or to stop yourself from doing something you want to do. This could include things like: boating, cruising, road trips, travelling and so forth. Despite this belief, you do however need to be prepared and somewhat organised. What would happen if you arrived at a destination that does not have the medication you need? What happens if you run out of your medication before you reach your destination? How much medication should you have spare? Does the destination you are going to have easy access to health care? While these things do need to be considered, this should not stop you on your adventure. Below is some advice for preparing for long term cruising with a pre-existing medical condition.

Research your destinations before you arrive

This, I believe is fairly simple and will make your life much easier. A lot of people research their destination before arriving. They would look at attractions, places to sight see, accommodation, food and so on. It is easy to simply add health care and medication research onto this list. Knowing in advance whether you will need to stock up more medication for your trip will ease your stress levels and will ensure you focus your time doing things you want to do.

Have at least triple the medication necessary for you cruising adventure

 I admit, this may seem quite excessive, paranoid even. There is, however, logic behind this piece of advice. I describe this as a win-win scenario. If you arrive at your destination and there is no medication available, you have enough to hold you through. You will be able to enjoy this time without stress and have a lot of fun. If you arrive at your destination and find your medication available, you can stock up, have fun and still have a great trip. If you had only packed enough medication for your trip, arrived and realised there was no new medication available, this would cause you problems. This would not only increase your stress and prevent you from actually having a holiday, it could put your life in danger. This is something we all want to avoid.

Consider stocking your first aid kit and medication as if it were food

While this is similar to previous advice, it does help put you in the correct mindset for stocking before a journey. I find it helpful to think of stocking up the first aid kit and other medications as another section of the food – something we need lots of and need to keep an eye on. We all know that food is important and having enough is even more so. To prevent us running out, we stock more than (hopefully) necessary, with some of the food being non-perishables. Stocking your first aid kit and medication is similar. You definitely need enough to cover your trip there, and perhaps your trip back. It is also similar in that if you do not have what you need medication wise, then the consequences could be dire, if not fatal. If this confuses you, just remember that medication and first aid are just as important as food.

As seen above, preparing for a long passage when cruising is actually fairly straight forward to prepare for. In simple terms, you need to know what you will need, how much you will need and then pretty much double it. You can never be sure what the situation will be when you arrive at your destination. While this does apply to food, fuel, water and spare, this also applies to your first aid medical kit, and any other medication you need. I hope you take this advice seriously and you enjoy your cruising adventure. 

What makes a Libertist a great adrenaline buzz?

The wind is whipping through your hair, there is this energetic buzz you feel, a near jump in your step, and the sense that you have never, ever, done anything this amazing in your life. You may have very nearly lost your hat, your hands may be shaking, you may be holding onto your steering wheel for dear life, and you have never, ever, felt more alive. Even when you stop, you want to continue – you never want to give up this amazing buzz you’re experiencing. Imagine it; feel it; embrace it. You, right now, are currently sailing on a very fast trimaran – a Libertist 853 to be precise.

This fast, sporty, red sailing machine is the very definition of a great adrenaline buzz. It also happens to be selling for an amazing price to boot. With the ability to sail at 19.8 knots as demonstrated in test sailing conditions, this speedy trimaran has the capacity to sail in most weather conditions. In the same test sail, you see this trimaran’s adaptability to sail in both light and strong winds; in both calm and stormy conditions as well. If you heart cannot handle the 19.8 knots and subsequent adrenaline buzz, you can take this safe and revolutionary trimaran and sail in slightly less mad weather conditions, to still have an amazing time. If you can handle all that makes the Libertist 853 an amazing adrenaline buzz, this fun, prestigious, performance trimaran is your dream yacht. It will take you on any and every sailing adventure you can dream of.

Where can you possibly go wrong?

The sense of satisfaction you feel when sailing on the LIbertist 853 is amazing. You even feel smug that this amazing trimaran is yours. I hope to see you out sailing, living your dream and having your adrenaline fix on your very own red Libertist 853. 

Why a high performance multihull for cruising

Why you Should Pick a High-Performance Multihull for Cruising:What do you look for when thinking about going cruising on a yacht? For me, cruising is and should be many things: safety, fast sailing, fun, comfort, an adventure, satisfaction and something you love included. For cruising to be everything I listed above, you are going to need a high-performance multihull – and here is why.

Safety. 
Safety should be your first concern when it comes to cruising. It does not matter how much fun you are having, the speed you are sailing or how adventurous you are feeling. If your yacht is not safe, then you should never be out on it, especially if you are going cruising away from civilisation for months, if not years on end. Being on a yacht of sound structure, with good quality gear and backup systems in place, at minimum is a must for going cruising. Long story short, having a safe yacht when cruising will save you life. Not maybe, not might. Will. Beyond the minimum listed above, when considering safety, you should be thinking about how to avoid nasty weather conditions, how much you trust your yacht, which part of the world you are in; the list goes on. With high-performance multihulls, you can sail away from nasty weather, you get to your destination faster, the boat structure is sound, the gear is of good quality and I trust high-performance multihulls implicitly. You can also make sure you have backup systems in place. I personally, feel safer cruising on a high-performance multihull.

Fast sailing. Fast sailing is much more than just your adrenaline fix. Sailing fast can get you to safety, get you to your destination faster and help you avoid nasty weather – while also being an incredibly fun way to spend your time. To summarise, your safety and choice of what you do is increased when sailing fast. A monohull is limited in the speed it can go. A cruising catamaran and trimaran can only go so fast due to weight, design, luxury items, etc. On the other hand, a high-performance multihull is designed and weighs less to ensure your fast speeds. With a creative design team, a high-performance multihull can be fast, comfortable and so much more.  

Fun. What is the point of cruising if you cannot have fun? Fun can include fast sailing, meandering along a coastline and much, much more. With the variety of sailing speed and more space on your yacht, the high-performance multihull is definitely the way to go.

Comfort. As you will be spending a lot, if not all of your time on your yacht when cruising, being comfortable is a must. A monohull will lean when sailing and may roll when you are moored. This is very uncomfortable for me. Meanwhile, a high-performance multihull is both comfortable when sailing and when moored. Catamarans do not lean at all, whereas trimarans lean very little when sailing. Both catamarans and trimarans are comfortable at anchor. Thus, a high-performance multihull manages to be comfortable at both sea and anchor.

Adventure. Cruising is many things; an adventure is definitely one of them. With the ability to sail fast, you have an adventure getting from A to B. And it goes further than that. As you get to your destination faster on a high-performance multihull, you have more time for adventures at said destination. On top of that, you have time for more adventures, as you spend less time to get to your next destination. All in all, whether you are on your way, have arrived or on your next journey, you are always having an adventure on your high-performance multihull.

Satisfaction. In a similar fashion to adventure, there is a sense of satisfaction when cruising. You are able to travel the world, visit amazing locations, meet amazing people and so, so much more. On your high-performance multihull, you get all of this while having space for everything you need, as well as the ability to experience some very fast sailing. How could you not have this sense of satisfaction when having your very own high-performance multihull?

Something you love. Someone once said that if you do not love what you do, then you shouldn’t be doing it. It is the same with cruising. If cruising is something you are passionate about and want to do, then jump on it and have a blast. For me, cruising is something I love, and a part of that is having a boat you love. I personally love high-performance multihulls and I would go cruising on one in a heartbeat.

As I have written above, there are multiple reasons to go cruising on a high-performance multihull. There are also other points and views that I have not mentioned too. I hope that you have learnt something from this blog and take it in the spirit it was given – an opinion piece about high-performance multihulls.