Should you build a small trimaran with wood or fiberglass? Building a trimaran with fiberglass, a.k.a. Glass-reinforced plastic, seems like the way to go for larger boats. But I still like smaller trimarans built with wood.First, lets talk about what could possibly be the biggest disadvantage to building a small trimaran with wood … the ability of a boat to maintain strong monetary/resale value in the marketplace.There is a reason why smaller trimarans, properly built with fiberglass, have strong resale value. Many sailors in the market for a tri just don’t want to buy a wood boat. And all things being equal, a GRP small tri in excellent condition is probably going to fetch a lot more than a wooden small trimaran of comparable size and features. tafsir mimpi
If resale investment is an important consideration for you personally, then talk with a few sailboat brokers. Get their feedback on this subject. Whether buying commercially or home-building, you need to know what the market wants, and will probably want in the future, before deciding what type of sailboat you’re going to sink time and money into.If resale factor isn’t a very important factor for you then building a wooden small trimaran may become an attractive option. Here is why:Cost – wooden boats are less expensive to build.Even though wood and epoxy costs have taken off lately, wood building is still not going to cost as much as fiberglass construction. The materials for GRP construction, in addition to the equipment necessary to put them together, will cost more money.Even if you’ve got a healthy budget, and money isn’t an issue, then you still may want to consider wood for another reason we’ll talk about in a moment. But just keep in mind that building a GRP boat tends to be pricier.