Tri again

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters -

I own the Tri­maran Shangaan de­signed and built by An­drew Simp­son and his friends and re­ferred to in his ar­ti­cle ‘The View Astern’ (PBO Septem­ber 2017).

She’s com­ing up to be­ing a clas­sic boat but many have com­mented how she was a de­sign be­fore her time –usu­ally just after we beat them in a race!. She now sports asym­met­ric dag­ger boards in the floats which give her awe­some up­wind per­for­mance. She glides ef­fort­lessly through the wa­ter in light airs and is as re­spon­sive as a rac­ing dinghy.

Few be­lieve she’s ac­tu­ally a wooden boat that has taken care of me through many stormy seas. I have loved this boat and we’ve shared some fab­u­lous ad­ven­tures to­gether.

Nor­mally seen moored or sail­ing on the River Med­way she is, though, a younger man’s boat so if any PBO read­ers would like to take care of her for the next 50 years then she still has much fun to give. Bryan Wright by email

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