Rapido 60 Cruiser

Published on Thursday, 7th March 2019 - 7:52PM03/07/2019
RAPIDO 60 TRIMARAN

Billed as the World's Ultimate Ocean Cruising Trimaran, the Rapido 60 offers speed, safety, performance - and luxury.

The inspiration behind the Rapido 60 comes from Paul Koch (co founder of Rapido Trimarans), arguably, the man who has built more production trimarans than anyone else on the plane. The design is by world renowned naval architects, Morelli & Melvin and the construction is by Triac Composition.

Just how tough are the composites on the Rapido?

An ocean-crossing trimararan must be strong. Very strong. As big

as a 60' trimaran is, it is but a floating cork on a boundless ocean.

Morelli & Melvin enjoy a very strong international reputation which

includes designing entries for the America's Cup. Their computer

modelling said that the boat was very strong. And so we tested it.

We bolted the centre hull of the Rapido to the factory floor in

HCMC. We then brought in two mobile cranes - each took a

diagonal corner of the two outer hulls.

With one diagonal corner each, the two cranes began to lift

while the trimaran's centre hull remained bolted to the floor,

causing it to twist.

One tonne of lifting pressure. Two tonnes. Three tonnes...

As the trimaran twisted it began to creak and groan. But the

sensitive electronic equipment we had measuring every move

and twist remained unphased. Everything was within design

parameters.

Seven tonnes. Eight tonnes. Nine tonnes! Enough!

The pressure was eased and the Rapido returned into its original condition - totally unaffected by the enormous pressure that hadbeen placed upon it.

The computer modelling had accurately predicted the enormous structural strength of the composites used in the Rapido.

A stunning success for the Rapido and another milestone for composites.