I am at present trying to restore what seems to be a Piver trimaran
. In the process I looked high and low for any kind of information available.
In the web based collection of materials from Mariners Museum I often find references
to the "PI-series" for professional builders. The information about the PI-series seem to be missing or am I wrong? My particular boat was built by professionals at the Multimare yard in Italy
. It is an all fibreglass/polyester boat with round hull
sections and has an over all length of 23 ft. The boat type is called "PI 23"
The above picture shows my boat before I, and heavy winds, took her apart. I write for two reasons: First I'd like to know more about this design and if possible get in touch with other owners. The most important however is to warn other users of this type of craft.The cross beams, all covered in GRP are made from spruce-like wood. The wood rotted away unnoticed by us and one fine day, while moving along at some ten knots the leeward hull
broke of. Fast reactions and pure luck saved us from turning turtle.
enters the constrution where the amas and main hull are joined. The cross beams are clad in GRP too. The GRP looks just fine, but the wood might be rotten.
The Mariners Museum do not have any information about this design. I do not even knew if it is an original Piver design or just inspired by his work. As she was built in Italy
I've tried to contact an Italian multihull
organization but they du not reply.
Any information is welcome.
I hope to finish the new cross beams and have them clad in epoxy
before winter. Quite a job as it has to be done in the confined insides of the amas.
Best wishes and happy sailing