Rapido Trimarans | Overview
Rapido Trimarans are a range of owner-operated ocean-cruising trimarans gaining international acclaim for their remarkable speed, performance and value.
Rapido co-founder Paul Koch owned and operated OSTAC (Ocean Sailing Trimarans and Catamarans) Yachts from 1986 to 2008 and Corsair Marine from 1994 to 2010. Renowned for his passion and vision, Paul has been credited with driving many innovations in the multihull industry. For most of his career, he worked with James Sganzerla, Rapido Trimarans’ Operations Director. Together, over a combined period of 60 years, they have built more than 1,500 production trimarans.
Despite the prodigious amount of boats they had already built, Paul was convinced there was a segment in the market missing: a trimaran that was owner-operated, powerful, ocean-cruising, and could be safely crewed by two. Enter the concept for the world’s fastest production cruising trimaran, the Rapido 60.
Armed with the concept, Paul approached friend Pete Melvin from world-acclaimed naval architects, Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering with a brief to develop the design and engineering for the Rapido 60.
The Rapido Trimarans range comprises the Rapido 60, with plans for the Rapido 40 and Rapido 50 well underway.
Designers | Morrelli & Melvin
Rapido Trimarans believes Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering is the most qualified and professional multihull design/engineering company in the world. Morelli & Melvin don’t just sit in the design office; they actually sail and build boats.
Combined with their developmental work on cutting-edge technology behind America’s Cup campaigns and other world-famous projects, Morelli & Melvin delivers the perfect balance of technical knowledge and hands-on experience.
Builder | Triac Composites
Triac Composites is the manufacturing arm of Rapido Trimarans and was established in Vietnam in 2014 by Paul Koch and co-founder Richard Eyre to build the Rapido range of trimarans. Triac Composites has an international management and technical team and employ almost 100 local staff, many of whom have been with Paul since he first opened a composites manufacturing plant in Vietnam back in 2006.
Their new factory, with modern facilities, equipment and a team of talented staff, is located on the Nha Be River, just 40 minutes from the centre of town in the Nha Be District.
While Triac Composites are specialists in building sailing boats, they also specialise in working with composites across a broad range of industries. Composites are particularly suited to the marine industry because they are light, super strong, non-corrosive in salty environments and can be moulded into virtually any shape.
Accordingly, as Triac Composites’ production capability has increased (eg Kuka Robot, autoclave, CNC machine, labour etc), their order book has become quite varied and robust, with examples of recent composite work including: composite plugs and moulds, composite superstructures for European ferries, outsourced composite boats (commercial and leisure), mining equipment, architectural facades and train interiors.
Rapido Trimarans | Key Features