KISS

A concept trimaran imagined by the famous Les Glénans sailing school

France’s famous sailing school, Les Glénans, has presented a trimaran at the Paris Boat Show with a strong educational ambition. 

The Kiss, (Keep it Smart & Simple) has everything of the perfect beginner’s trimaran. Incidentally, there is already a two-handed sailing built by Kelt Marine in 1980 called Kiss... But the multihull which interests us here features a central hull of 21’8” (6.60 m) in length, and two much shorter floats. Designed by naval architect Hervé Penformis, the Kiss can be made out of plant fibers or in plywood. Its rig is distinguished by its great simplicity: the entire sail plan is un-stayed and even the headsail is held in place by an inclined mast that looks very much like a forestay. The craft was also designed to be paddleable. The project offers the opportunity for youngsters to get involved in the construction through kits. 10 high schools have been selected, and a kit will be offered to them so that 300 students can live this collective and ecological experience and become more involved with the sea.

www.glenans.asso.fr 

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