Renowned multihull designer Jim Brown (designer of the Windrider tri amongst other creations) recently wrote a short report for those who are unfamiliar with multihulls. Jim covers the basics explanations of trimarans, catamaran and proas, the different types of these vessels and their history. He also covers common jargon such as the terms outrigger, beach cat and cattlemarans.
He wrote this report initially for members of a video production company in Virgina who are contemplating the creation of a documentary based upon Jim’s extensive collection of video materials about multihulls. Whether this documentary is ever produced, or not, this pdf can serve as a good introduction to the topic for those yet uninitiated into the world enjoyed by multihullers.