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Multihull Pioneer Jim Brown Republishes Classic Multihull Book


Multihull pioneer Jim Brown’s classic book from the early 1980s, “The Case for the Cruising Trimaran,” is now republished. This work is regarded as a definitive statement on the safety, functionality and unique features of multihulls in general and trimarans in particular.

Pennsville, NJ – Famous trimaran designer Jim Brown has just republished his classic book, “The Case for the Cruising Trimaran.” With a career that spans nearly 50 years, including relationships with most of the leading multihull designers of his era, Jim Brown’s thoughts on multi design and seamanship also offers a historic perspective of the development of these vessels throughout the 20th century.

This publication was written to explain the benefits and potential safety of multihulls to a new generation of sailors. As Brown notes in the new preface to this edition, every story “contributes to a long list of multihull dos and don’ts, some of which seem excessive but others have made their way into the accumulated wisdom of multihull seamanship and offshore racing rules.”

Brown first takes readers back to the 60s and 70s, when multihulls in general, and trimarans in particular, were still struggling to be taken seriously by most members of the world’s sailing cruising community. He explains why misperceptions arose and then offers detailed analysis of multihull cruisers by using illustrations and dozens of photos from contributors.

Specific topics covered by Brown also include: comparisons between monohulls and multihulls, differences between trimarans and catamarans, safe seamanship, common hazards encountered at sea, storm sailing techniques, famous maritime disasters, true stories of survival at sea, and dozens of practical tips for cruising.

For readers concerned about budget issues often associated with multihull cruising, Brown addresses “high-maintenance modern amenities” versus “Spartan necessities.” This includes an overview of how modern sailors can reduce dependence upon electricity and generators, while still sailing safely in relative comfort.

Complete details about this republished book are available online at: or ”The Case for the Cruising Trimaran” is available as a full print paperback from and its worldwide outlets.


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