Sail faster than the wind with a Divinycell core
26 August, 2016
You only need a glimpse of the Rapido 60 in action to know that there’s nothing else like it. It’s the ultimate sail boat ‒ a cruising trimaran that’s fast, powerful and easy to handle, even in a storm. Designed by leading naval architects using cutting-edge technology, the Rapido is lightweight, safe and impossibly comfortable, all thanks to its state-of-the-art Divinycell core.
3 hulls, 2 experts and 60 years of experience
The Rapido 60 has been designed and manufactured by Vietnam-based TRIAC Composites. The boat’s design was the brainchild of TRIAC Directors and expert trimaran builders Paul Koch and James Sganzerla. With more than six decades of combined experience and over 1500 successful launches, Koch and Sganzerla have been responsible for building more trimarans than anyone else in the industry.
The Rapido 60 was conceived and constructed for owner-operated ocean cruising. Trimarans are primarily known as powerful sailing boats with a reputation for winning in professional competition. TRIAC set out to create a versatile yacht that provides that same level of performance with unparalleled space and safety, stability and comfort as a top priority.
We believe Morrelli & Melvin are the best qualified naval architects and most professional Multihull design companies in the world which is why we have them on our team.
Space and speed for every need
Building a race-worthy trimaran that also offered ample space for living and leisure required materials that would keep weight to a minimum. Sandwich construction offered a solution that would reduce weight by as much as 50% compared to more traditional materials. With top-quality products as well as local technical and sales support, Diab was TRIAC’s obvious choice to supply composite core materials for the Rapido 60.
Partnering with Diab, TRIAC selected a range of Divinycell H products, including Divinycell H80 and H100 for the hulls, Divinycell H130 for the daggerboard, and even Divinycell H35 for the boat’s furniture. Divinycell H material offers an impressive strength-to-weight ration, supreme buoyancy, and excellent fatigue resistance for marine applications where low weight and toughness are a must.
Divinycell HP 80, which combines all the advantages of Divinycell H with high temperature resistance for prepreg processes, was used for the Rapido’s beam. In addition, Diab-owned Composites Consulting Group (CCG) provided TRIAC with prepreg support during the construction.
Sea sick? No chance!
An important advantage of trimarans is that they offer significantly greater stability compared to monohull and catamaran vessels for maximum comfort when cruising. Diab’s composite core allowed TRIAC to maintain the strength and rigidity necessary for this stability without slowing the boat down with added weight. It also means that even in the roughest ocean conditions, the boat is easy to control for maximum safety.
However, comfort aboard the Rapido 60 goes beyond a safe, smooth journey. The sandwich carbon construction also provides a high degree of insulation to keep passengers cool under a beating summer sun.
Go where others can’t
With a draft of only 0.75m, the Rapido 60 can venture into far shallower waters than most other yachts of a similar size, meaning you can discover places off-limits to fellow cruisers. Thanks to the strong and lightweight construction that composites provide, you’ll be sure to get there as fast as the wind can take you ‒ and maybe even faster.