Ever wanted to try sailing? Already a sailor? Learn where to sail a small trimaran sailboat here.
What is a small trimaran sailboat?
Trimaran sailboats are simple, safe and fun. The boat has two small hulls and one larger main one. With trimarans you can go where you want to go under the power of the wind. They can be designed for racing or recreation. You steer with your feet, and you will not tip over because of the three hull design. The smaller models weigh approximately only 100 pounds and can be carried on top of your car or in the back of a pickup. It is easy to take anywhere.
Where are the best places to sail a small trimaran sailboat?
Many lakes have public access or a park where you can put your small trimaran sailboat into the water from shore or a dock. Lakes are great places because generally you won’t have to pay large fees or wait long to get into the water.
The simple foot-steering and single handed control of the sail allows someone with no experience in sailing to learn in about 15 minutes. This makes learning in a harbor ideal. Harbors are typically protected from strong winds and the size and responsiveness of the trimaran allows for easy maneuverability.
3. Rivers/Intercoastal Waterways
Florida, for example has wonderful wide rivers which seem more like lakes and act as intercoastal waterways. These are protected from large wave action and wind is often predictable.
4. Ocean Bays
You will find sailboats of all sizes in ocean bays – think San Francisco Bay, Tampa Bay, Bellingham Bay, or Chesapeake Bay. The open area allows for lots of wind to pick up speed, plenty of room to move about, plus other friendly sailors to wave at. If you live near a bay, chances are there are lakes to enjoy as well.
5. Ocean Surf
Only if you are an experienced sailor should you consider taking your small trimaran sailboat into big ocean surf along a coastline and act like a surfer. Ride the waves in, then sail yourself back out. Think of all the time you will save from paddling!
Staycations are great fun when you own a trimaran and live near a body of water that makes it safe to enjoy sailing it. When we lived in Bellingham, WA, I could have imagined owning one of these as there were so many easy places to use it. So many times we own something — be it skis, golf clubs, a four-wheeler, a camper/RV, and it takes up precious storage space (or we pay for storage somewhere) and we hardly ever get to use it. This can be a fun hobby and activity but it really works when it is convenient and you have the space for it. It can be a great hobby for individuals or couple and even for families.
Take the time to learn from an expert before you attempt to sail a small trimaran sailboat. Like taking up snowboarding or anything, a lesson or two can make all the difference. It’s also important to respect nature, especially when we are using it for our recreation. Our lakes, rivers and oceans are a tremendous natural resource which we need to appreciate, protect and enjoy.