In early 2017 we developed a new range of float shapes for our trimarans. The new floats feature a flared bow and a chine that provides dynamic lift at speed, it deflects water out and down rather than directing it back to the cockpit. The chine helps to get the buoyancy down low and well forward. The fine entry at the knuckle extends well aft, softening the ride in lumpy conditions.
You can see a video of the RAW30 folding and unfolding here;
We call it the Rocket Folding System. It's based on a modified geometry of Ian Farrier's renown folding system that has been incorporated on Farrier and Corsair trimarans around the world.
We've adapted the folding system to allow for high buoyancy floats and employed it successfully on the RAW30 and Airplay 30 trimarans built by Hudson Yacht and Marine.
You can see the story of developing the folding system here;
When a trimaran is in ideal trim the main hull is just kissing the water. The boat effectively sails like a cat with one extra hull suspended to windward. For that reason the float needs to have all the attributes of a well designed catamaran hull.
As long as the main hull, fine piercing bows, plenty of buoyancy forward and a clean run aft for some lift at speed.
Well shaped floats reduce pitching, reduce the chance of burying the bow and provide a kinder ride.
Float mounted balanced rudders allow you to use the full potential of the platform and provide the ultimate in responsiveness, grip, and control when the power is on.
The Rocket Factory Trimarans feature twin balanced spade rudders as standard.
The Rocket Factory Trimarans make use of the multihull's most indispensable asset for performance and sea kindly motion. That is; a fine waterline.
A combination of a narrow waterline and broadly flared topside sections provides the optimum combination of performance, accommodation, and deck space.