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Tricat 20: Exciting, simple and quick

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The smallest of the Tricats emulates its elders, with composite arms that fold backwards ... but it retains the central hull of the Access 6. Combine this with a sports rig and you have quite a cocktail for a pocket tri!

The program for this small trimaran is, of course, similar to that of Access 6, which still remains in the catalog. It’s about producing a family multihull which is easy to sail, to assemble and to transport. But performance takes over: gone are the simple telescopic aluminum tubes, skegs and loose-footed mainsail. The Tricat 20, built using infusion in a glass / PVC sandwich, is the worthy little brother to the 25 and the 30. Despite its small size, it can accommodate two adults. A sheep with five, no, three legs?

The in-house architect Jack Michal has favored very long and voluminous hulls. This is the secret of power, and therefore performance. The shape of the bow - the upper part is decidedly inversed - gives this trimaran an athletic look. Two carbon daggerboards replace the fixed skegs on the Access. The central hull, meanwhile, remains narrow at the waterline thanks to a chine that runs virtually all the way from bow to transom.

 

Impressive speed potential

The freestanding rig features a single set of spreaders. A pair of lower shrouds secures to the central hull, so as to hold the mast in place during folding operations of the floats. An operation that takes no mor...

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