Cruise trimarans, what's the market offering?

Although the trimaran market is still confidential, there are several shipyards that have specialised in the three-hull boat. For cruising, there are two types of trimarans, those for coastal cruising and those for houseboat cruising.

Although the trimaran market is still relatively small in the nautical world, the development of multihulls over the past few years has contributed to its growth. Rather reserved for offshore racers or yachtsmen eager for sensation, the trimaran today is a real cruising boat, with really comfortable layouts, as is the case for Neel for example.

The problem of space in the harbour is no longer really a problem, as very often, mooring buoys are reserved for multihulls in the outer harbour or in the channel. Finally, certain folding models make it possible to obtain the same size as a monohull.

On the trimaran market, two types of units can be distinguished, those designed for coastal cruising and those designed for cruising on land. Often, in the first case, the boats have arms that fold up, allowing them to be transported to the road gauge, and thus to be able to go for a ride along the coast with his boat.

Trimarans for coastal cruising

Astus and Tricat for coastal trekking


In France, two Breton shipyards share the market for trimarans under 24 feet for coastal cruising: Astus and Tricat . The first offers smaller units - four models from 16 to 24 feet - and the second of the largest units - three models from 20 to 30 feet - the largest of which even allows you to go on a summer cruise thanks to a nice move-in.


The special feature of these models is that they can be folded up and therefore transported on the road. With Astus, the arms fold laterally in a telescopic way whereas with Tricat, you only have to pull one end to fold the floats back.

Libertist Yachts, the small hydrofoil cruiser

These are coastal cruising trimarans (C homologation), but with foils and designed for family sailing signed Erik Lerouge. Today, the Polish shipyard has four models in the range, the first two of which are 8.53m and 7.53m boats (currently under construction), but has already planned to build two larger models for liveaboard cruising.

Cruising trimarans habitable

Rapido Trimaran, liveaboard and folding cruise

Rapido Trimaran is a range of three models from 40 to 60 feet designed according to the plans of the architecture firm Morrelli & Melvin for Australian designers. The boats are built in Vietnam and their philosophy is to go fast on the water. It is also possible to opt for C-shaped daggerboards on the 40 footer.

Inside, there are several berths, a kitchen and a raised saloon. But the advantage of this cruising trimaran is that its floats are retracted with pivoting link arms, going from a 7.45 m master beam unfolded to 4.60 m folded (for the 40).

Dragonfly, the fast cruise on three hulls

Dragonfly is one of a range of 5 folding sailing trimarans: 25, 28, 32, 35 and 40 feet, designed for offshore sailing and equipped with the "Swing Wing" system. This system allows the hulls to be retracted and the width of the boat to be reduced by half for the 25 and 28 (the two smallest models), which thus fit into the road gauge (2.54 m wide). Built in Denmark, they offer a cosy and elegant interior.

Neel, a loft on the water

Neel is the specialist in comfortable trimarans for life aboard. With four models from 45 to 65 feet, the Richelieu-based builder has focused on the maxi-trimaran. Thanks to the addition of a living platform above the central hull, the volume on board is impressive. The living area called "Cockloon®" is uninterrupted between the saloon and the cockpit and the floats reserved for sleeping.

The French shipyard has also produced an engine version of its model, with the Leen Trimarans range .


  • Trimarans are faster than catamarans or monohulls, it must be said that they do not need ballast as their stability is ensured by their hull shape.
  • Comfortable upwind
  • Shallow draft
  • The feeling of sailing and the pleasure of helming a monohull with the stability of a catamaran


  • Living space (except for Neel)
  • With Corsair's folding system, the side of the float ends up in the water and therefore gets dirtier.