2013 Custom Custom located in Washington for sale

21' Custom Custom


Description: Selling a custom-made catamaran/trimaran/proa kayak "tribrid-drive" (paddle/sail/motor) kayak expedition vessel.

This vessel was conceived, designed and built to safely take my family out on saltwater sailing/shoreside camping adventures around the Northwest without the fear of overturning and dying of hypothermia. The 13 foot beam ensures this. We have logged thousands of trouble-free miles over 8 solid years on these boat(s)....many trips on the Salish Sea and Desolation Sound, east inland on Lakes Roosevelt, Chelan, Pend Oreille, and Hungry Horse Resovior, from San Francisco up the Delta to Stockton, and down the Columbia to (and across) Cape D.

Kids now in college, and I am almost done building our new time to move on and sell.


-Main hulls are (2) 21' Seascape Expedition double kayaks with center storage hatch. Cheap original plastic bulkheads removed and replaced with substantial foam/glass bulkheads to take the crossbeam loads when in heavier seas.

-Amas repurposed from Hobie 14 hulls...stripped down, lowered and reglassed with stainless plates under the deck to take the load of the akas.

-Boat designed around a modular system that uses 1.5" aluminum pipes and aluminum Speed-Rail fittings. One allen wrench allows the lock down or release of the pipe into any of the 10 fittings. Careful alignment during the build allows all the pipes (crossbeams) to slide in easily, even when under load at sea.

-Boat can be set up in 3 ways:

--- CATAMARAN. This was the original design. Two hulls and three crossbeams. As the crossbeams are NOT in plane this is the stiffest configuration. 4 sails, 2 leeboards and 2 motors (one drives it fine but nice to have a backup). Also the fiberglass grating rack can be installed inbetween the hulls in this configuration, and that can be used to store massive amounts of gear or used as a sleeping platform. Beam can easily be adjusted on the water for closer communication with the other boat or to come into a narrow area

Equipment: ---TRIMARAN. This configuration was built from Hobie 14 hulls several years back to allow either one or two people to avoid having 2 or 3 empty seats. Boat sails very well the way with 2 sails, 2 boards and one (or 2) motors. Boat in this configuration traveled from the Grand Coulee Dam all the way up to the Canadian border on a week long solo trip.

--PROA. After the trimaran was proven it occurred to me to just use one ama and sail as a proa. Works very well....the weight of the extended hull is plenty to counteract the sail forces, to

-Boat can be paddled, sailed or motored:

---PADDLING. Boat is of course heavier than a simple kayak, so paddling is a bit harder, but it can be done. Boat was designed with this in mind and there is a clean sweep of the paddle on either side in any configuration.

---SAILING. Boats sails faster than you can paddle even in slower wind speeds. High end cambered sails and daggerboards allow very good upwind performance. Boat had seen 12 knots in trimaran configuration in swells off Tofino.

---MOTORING. Boat can be driven up to 6 knots with the Honda 2 HP outboard. Gets about 32 miles per gallon in trimaran mode, so all day on a gallon is possible.

This is an overbuilt boat that has seen heavy water with no issues...Rock solid construction. All critical bulkheads were rebuilt out of foam-core glass to take the loads of the 13' beam. Zero stress cracks in gel near fittings and no signs of any structural issues.

All 4 sails are high end cambered BALOUGH sails with unstayed but solid masts.

Sale Includes: Two kayaks, two amas, all poles, mounts, brackets, 4 battened sails, 4 masts, 2 custom leeboards, custom storage rack for use in cat mode, modified Trailex aluminum trailer (licensed and titled), Garmin GPS, anchor, fuel tanks, 2 (two) Honda air-cooled long stroke outboards, 4 paddles, 4 skirts, etc.

The only downside of this boat is that it is impossible to launch it without a bunch of people lining up and asking all about it!

If you show up with some kids who seem genuinely excited about the prospect of sleeping under the stars on a beach on the salt chuck I will lower the price for your family. I sincerely feel this vessel has been transformative "vehicle" for my 2 kids and would like nothing more to see it used to this end in the future....

Location: Seattle, Washington


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