| Trimarans are faster than catamarans, especially in light winds. They are more responsive, and will tack quicker than the jib sheet can be brought over. But they have less accommodation and more sea motion.
Night Heron has simple, flat -bottomed hulls, but she gets up and goes. We found out when we launched the prototype in May,2000. Bill Volmar, who bought her, plans to commute from his place near New Haven down to Block Island on weekend, and she should get him there pronto.
The accommodation is two single bunks with floor pace between, like a somewhat larger version of one hull on Brine Shrimp. The wing decks are mesh nets. The floats fold down for trailering, but that does take a couple of hours. Study plan $5, complete plans $250.
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