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.

Map of the course taken in 2019 from Cowes to Dinard / St Malo across the English Channel

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. 

Tamara Baumann and Yo Wiebel celebrating after crossing the English Channel on an iFLY15 in an attempt to set a world speed 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

Marsaudon TS becomes Ocean Rider Catamarans

The ORC50 and ORC42 are high-performance cruising catamarans that have been manufactured by Marsaudon Composites since 2014. These fast performance catamarans are designed by Christophe Barreau and have established a solid reputation as regatta winning catamarans, predominantly in France.

In the past three years, there has been an evolution in the demands of potential future customers from around the world. This evolution has shifted the market from a typical charter catamaran to a higher performing catamaran. As high performing catamarans, both the ORC50 and ORC42 have the following common characteristics:

  • The lines are recognisable by their specific design. This gives the impression of lightness and power of the yacht
  • The recognised weight and structural quality of construction. This gives them exceptional sailing speed for cruising catamarans
  • The unique sensations in navigation. This is where pure sailing and adrenaline are mixed in complete safety when sailing
  • The refined interior style. Each of you will find what is necessary for long and comfortable sailing adventures

With the changes in the catamaran buyer’s market, Marsaudon Composites has decided to develop a new brand for their entire catamaran range, including their brand-new catamaran. Since 9th October 2020, Marsaudon Composites have marketed their boats under the Ocean Rider Catamarans (ORC) brand.

There have been changes in the catamaran buyer’s and sellers’ market. This change has occurred for more than one reason. One of these reasons is that there has been an evolution in the demands of potential future customers on a global scale. This evolution has shifted the market from a typical charter catamaran to a higher performing catamaran. 

The other reason is the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has changed how we behave, what our interests are and what is actually important to us. It stands to reason that now is a brilliant time to launch a rebrand. Thus, Marsaudon Composites decided it would be beneficial to develop a new brand for their entire catamaran range, including their brand-new catamaran, the ORC57. 

So, why change the brand name to ORC and what does it stand for?

  • ‘O’ stands for Ocean – because their boats chew up the miles on all oceans and spend very little time at the dock.
  • ‘R’ stands for Rider – the current and future customers are sailors looking for sailing sensations, adrenaline and exclusivity
  • ‘C’ stands for Catamarans – this is the type of boats marketed and manufactured.

As the TS5, now the ORC50 and TS42, now the ORC42 are known for exceptional sailing, ORC is also a nod to heavy weather sailing and offshore racing. 

The tiller symbol has been integrated into the logo. This is a distinctive sign of the boats, which characterises the finesse of the helm and the amazing sensations of steering. This promise is a reality for you, so we have decided to make it our signature in an anglicised version. From 9th October 2020, the launch of this new brand has been formalised. The former TS42 and TS5 have also been rebranded as the ORC42 and the ORC50 respectively. This brand launch also coincides with the launch of the latest ORC catamaran – the ORC57. 

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. 

ORC50 – a big brother to the ORC42

“Easy to handle, easy maintain, light, performant and still offering unique catamaran sailing pleasure … A big brother to the ORC 42.” 

Marsaudon Composites builds the world famous Ocean Rider Catamarans (ORC), the ORC50 is a prime example. The forerunner to the ORC50, the TS50, was a family cruising catamaran which clocked 400 miles in 24 hours sailing in French Polynesia.

It will surprise many to realise that Marsaudon Composites have only been building multihulls for a few years, this year celebrating their 20th anniversary. Despite this, these intriguing multihull designs have already become one of the mainstream trends that potential catamaran owners look for when buying their boat. With the increasing demand for a fast sailing boat with a comfortable and beautiful interior, Marsaudon Composites appear to have come up with a great compromise with the ORC50. The brand new ORC50, is a remodelled version of its predecessor, the TS50. The ORC50 became a hit before the first one was even built – there were a half a dozen boats that had been ordered and pre-sold. This really goes to show the reputation and trust built between the builder and designer of the ORC catamaran range in general and those who are interested in their multihull products. 

Marsaudon Composites aims to build all of their multihulls to be as fast as possible, well sailing wise at least. Many of these design features come directly at the behest from the world’s best racing skippers – which is what they want and deem appropriate for both racing and cruising catamarans. Some of these features involve multiple carbon-fibre options including: a rotating mast with Spectra standing rigging, daggerboards, forward crossbeam and even a carbon main bulkhead. The hull and deck are made of high-quality vinylester with foam sandwich core.

The designer, Christophe Barreau says that the ORC50 will sail 5 knots faster than the old TS50 – which was already a strong sailing catamaran. In a test sail, the ORC50 has already recorded 23 knots in 18 knots of wind whilst sailing on a reach. The fact that the ORC50 can sail faster than the wind speed is an incredible feat, one that very few sailing yachts can claim. 

The cockpit is relatively compact, offering a fixed table and seating for up to six people. One of the neat features in the main cabin is a daybed which comes handy if you are sailing shorthanded for long distances. The mainsheet runs along the back of the cockpit, which is good for performance, but encroaches a little on the space for socialising. Despite this social encroachment, the ability to react or act when something goes wrong is much easier to do with the mainsheet running where it does. The interior is simple yet incredibly functional, in which the space is designed for speed – utilising the latest in lightweight materials and practicality. The levels of luxury in the interior are lower than a Lagoon – however, you will always have what you need; if perhaps not always what you want. It is advised that you do not expect all the fineries of various modern catamarans. After all the reason for buying a catamaran such as ORC50 is speed and the function of speed is weight where less is more. Less weight on board the better performance is achieved, resulting in the ultimate satisfaction of the owner. 

When it comes to sailing, sailing at a fast pace is an incredible adrenaline rush. There are many other reasons for wanting the boat to sail fast. At the top of the list is personal satisfaction when racing, it is also a fun experience. Despite this, there are some who questions whether extra speed is necessary for sailing multihulls. It was fascinating to discover that safety is one of the most important reasons for wanting a fast sailing yacht. It ensures that you are able to reach your destination safely – to help avoid rapidly changing weather, then with less weight on your boat the more you can perform in versatile weather conditions. A lighter boat needs less auxiliary engine power, yet again saving weight. Lighter boat lends itself well for alternative electric power. To sum up, a faster sailing boat means you can avoid nasty weather, handle different weather conditions and have fun doing so. Speed also allows you to go further and see more in a given time. In today’s fast paced life, we all strive to maximise our time, to get more out of each day. Sailing faster can give us that bit of extra time to play with and if we can get an extra safety margin wraith that.

Another thing you will need to take into consideration with any Marsaudon designs are that they are not cheap boats. Despite this, there is some accommodation for design requests. Design wise, the ORC 50 shares similar aspects of the smaller ORC 42, but the extra length of said catamaran has made it possible for more concessions for comfort and extra gear if desired. The ORC 50 is 15.24 m long, with a beam of 8.6 m. The water draft is between 1.3 m – 3 m deep, depending on how much daggerboard is in the water. The minimum displacement is 8.6 tonnes; however, the maximum is 11 tonnes. The air draft is 23.05 m. Mast length is 20m, while the main sail area is 88 m2 and genoa is 60 m2. There are two saildrive diesel engines at 40 hp each onboard, each with 110 litres of fuel as well as two water tanks of 200 litres each.

Sailing onboard the ORC50 is an incredible joy and gives you great pleasure, especially when you arrive at your destination ahead of the fleet.  Some say, “winning is everything” and if yacht racing is your choice, ORC 50 ownership will bring you lots of pride.

When it comes to entertaining your party of family, friends or business associates on board, the ORC50 is like a magnet because of her concept purity wherever she goes. Everything on board has its place and purpose. Heavy weather or light winds, ocean crossings or just a day on the water to enjoy sunshine in company of people that matter, whatever your dream ORC50 is the catamaran worth of attention and every dollar invested.

Contact John Rich on 0412517424 or email johnrich@planetmultihull.com for more information.

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.