Tremolino

Tremolino Dick, I need three hulls… can you help?

Published on 01 december 2014 at 0h00

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In the early 1970s, John Ollins, a fan of lightweight multihulls, met Dick Newick - the designer of the proa “Cheers” and many other magical racers - in the British Virgin Islands. The pair immediately got along, and started work on an exciting project: designing a kit to allow Hobie 16 owners to sail a quick yet safe trimaran. The central hull, initially built in epoxy plywood - using the Goujeon Brothers’ West System process - is typical of Newick’s plans, with its very banana-shaped bow, U-shaped hull and rounded coachroof. The boat met with immediate success in the United States, and soon became available in polyester. The story might have ended in the States too, but then along came Jacques Dewez, who had gone from being a fighter pilot, to being owner of the trimaran Gordano Goose, then a racing driver, and in 1982 became a real estate developer: in southern Corsica he sold villas overlooking a bay, and offered every customer a yellow Tremolino! In all, 18 units were built in Corsica. Over the years the Tremolino filled out a little, to fit the floats and rig of the Hobie 18. Finally, Dick Newick designed the famous, much stronger, half-moon floats.

Second-hand test Tremolino

Thanks to its favorable sail area to weight ratio (the central hull weighs less than 200kg) the Tremolino slips through the water at over 5 knots in the slightest breath of wind. It can exceed 18 knots very comfortably!

The magical stamp of Dick Newick

The model ...

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