Thanks for that skiff action brings back fond memories of wild rides on breezy Saturday afternoons in Aussie 14 footers as they were called then - actually 14 foot skiffs (late 80's) and a real development class compared to the northern hemisphere 14's which were playing around with hull shapes, but thats about it.
Back then the Aussie 14's were twin trapeze, wide wings, retractable pole and 300 sq.ft asym kites - and staying upright put you in with a good chance of a podium finish ! Hulls were "professionally home built" and were transitioning from cedar core to foam and we all had fun experimenting in the garage with different lay-ups for test panels of E & S glass cloths, WEST & various foams - by todays standards very little reliable technical support.
By the mid 90's the 14's had converged globally and gone with the Aussie fast-is-fun version - really a precursor to the 49er generation.
Just writing this makes me want to go back & do it all over again
a current version below - doesn't look that different but probably 30% lighter now :
"Peter, who likes talk about his boat and not himself, has been trying to build a cruising multihull for over a decade," Lewis explained. "Paradox was built from ORMA 60 parts, with the basis being the last Fuji 60, which was designed by Nigel Irens. But since Paradox is a cruising boat, her mast is just 85 feet instead of 100 feet, and she's 48 feet wide rather than 60 feet wide. But she only displaces eight tons. Compare that with the 18 tons of the catamaran Phaedo, our Voiles competition, which is the lightest and fastest Gunboat 66 ever built."
What's Paradox like inside, we asked, assuming she was completely stripped out. "She's beautiful!," responded Lewis. "The captain's quarters are under the cockpit, there are bunks in the floats, she has a dining room table, a stove and refrigeration, hot water, a nav station — the whole works. I first saw Paradox after the conclusion of the 2011 Caribbean 600 that I did on Phaedo, but I didn't pay much attention to her. Then last October, while on my way to pick up my kids near Waukegan, Maine, I saw this gray trimaran sailing at warp speed — 20 knots — on port tack up the coast. It was Peter and his captain, Olivier Vigoureux, who were headed to Camden to visit the best restaurant in Maine. I gave chase, but was never able to catch them. Intrigued by the tri and her owner, I emailed Olivier, but never heard back from him. So I emailed Nigel Irens, and through him met Peter and ended up down here racing on a Caribbean sailing holiday."
Paradox did her second Caribbean 600 this spring, as well as the Heineken, BVI Spring Regatta and the Volies, so she's been one of the more active racing boats in the Caribbean. "We're now all headed to Crossroads for detox," laughed Lewis. "Actually, I'm headed back to Maine, where I hope to get my peas planted. "
We hope to have a report from Aschenbrenner on Paradox in the near future.
In Spanish "esquife" means "botecito", very small boat, in a derogatory way.
Just for the fun of it I made a search on Google images with Esquife and I could find very few images but I found two meaningful, one that sustain what you say regarding the derogatory meaning in Spanish and the other regarding the old Portuguese meaning, as a tender of a sailboat. The boats were long for allowing many rowers to give it the ability to move the mother ship without wind.
Yes we have talked here about Paradox (some movies in regattas) but never had saw the interior and I really wanted to have a look at it: Well, it looks like my son's room
Some years ago a French shipyard had tried to produce a cruising trimaran that I found very interesting, a 42ft that looked like a smaller Multi 50 and that had the advantage of pulling their arms up, allowing it to pay a normal place in a marina. When the first boat was in production I talked to them to see if the boat could fit in my budget...but no way. Trimarans are just too expensive for me. And It looks not only for me because after making 2 or three boats they went out of business.
I don't think that they had fitted any with the originally intended cruising interior. They were used as race boats.
About two years after I talked with them I saw the first boat in and took some pictures:
The Shipyard was Auriga and the boat was called Krysalid 42. Some movies:
Yes that is an interesting video, a lot better that the previous one in what regards the interior. The interior could be a lot better without too much effort. The biggest problem is the lack of light and that would not be difficult to get without any prejudice to the boat performance.