My understanding on the payload figure is that it includes water, fuel
, tools and spare parts, personal effects, etc. The basic equipment
required to operate the vessel would not be included in this. It can be a hard thing to pin down as we all have differant ideas on what to take with us. Some may have a larger battery
bank, larger outboard
motors, extra anchors and chain, maybe two tenders, etc. Try and keep the fully loaded waterline no higher than 5 inches above the bottom of the transom. I like to have the waterline on the amas a few inches below the ama transom. In reality I see many with the waterlines a bit higher and it is probably true that many trimarans are more heavily loaded than their designers intended.
It is okay to carry the tender
on the wing. In the past I carried two tenders, a inflatable
sportboat and a hard dink. Sportboat(when inflated) carried on the sterncastle and hard dink on the wing. When we leave for full time cruising I will take both again. Because you can vent the wing lockers and they are sealed off from the rest of the boat they are great for the messy, smelly stuff. I have five wing lockers, one each side fore and aft and one on the port side amidship. Aft on one side is the propane
locker with 1-20lb and 1-10lb horizontal bottles and on the other side is storage for the barbaque grill
with 1-10 lb bottle. The midship locker is for two 5 gallon fuel containers for diesel
or gas and also a few gallons of motor oil
. The battery
bank was originally in this locker but has been moved below next to the centerboard
trunk. Up forward one locker is for the secondary 35lb CQR
and the other locker stores it's chain and nylon rode
. The storm anchor
store under the floor in the berth area.
One thing I have always like about these boats is the incredible amount of storage space. You don't look like a gypsy
caravan or a bunch of Okies headed west with stuff piled up on the cabintop or strapped along the rail.