With the switch to manufacturing the Weta by Xtreme Sailing Products (XSP) based in Singapore, Weta Marine has taken the opportunity to revise the Weta Trimaran. The design footprint is unchanged and the ‘one design’ rule will remain in place, but new moulds and construction techniques give the 2015 Weta a tighter, better quality build.
Sails from North Sails
Screecher furler cleat on side deck
Killwell cabon fibre beans for precision fit
Precision centreboard slot with nylon pile padding
Clean deck grip
Amas now joined vertically instead of horizontally and with additional internal stiffening
Ropes from Liros
Dry Ama hatches with redesigned flat transom
Strengthened rudder pintle and gudgeons
Custom carbon pads with Ronstan blocks for tramps
Rear hiking strap
Photos by Bob Hyde
New on the left, old on the right
Hull to deck joint on the new model is distinctly beefier. Lip has been removed from end of floats so ports are now flush.
Bow is blunter with a larger overhang – bowsprit and bowsprit hole are identical in new and old boats.
Rudder transom bar is a separate piece glued and screwed into place onto supports at either side of the cockpit whereas the old version was integrated into the deck mould by hand. New rudder gudgeons are triangular and therefore stronger.
Float attachment point is different with sealing done using a soft compound and a reinforcement pad.
Float beam joint is much cleaner, stronger and has a better overall finish
Floats now have vertical joints hidden under non-skid with much more fair finish.
New flat carbon tramp pulley attachments instead of the previous surface mounted pulley (which was painful to sit on)
Launch trolley structure has been changed and beefed up.
Non-skid is different.
The “notch” in the stern lip has been removed just behind the drain plug.
The foredeck now has a rib for added stiffness.