Multihull Solutions Ltd was established in 2005 by Al Wood, who is experienced in both designing and racing multihulls. Since building a Mirror dinghy at the age of 14, he has sailed over 25,000 miles offshore from Canada and the east coast of the USA to the Adriatic, including an Atlantic crossing and 2x Round Britain & Ireland races on high-performance multihulls, and is passionate about fast multihull sailing and racing.
Qualifying as an industrial designer led to a career in marine design, working for clients including Fairline, Broom Boats, Falcon, Northshore and KKG. He also co-organised an international seminar on offshore multihull racing, and designed a custom 36ft wheelchair-accessible catamaran for the UK charity Disabled Sailors Association. He has also undertaken projects for Ellen MacArthur’s Offshore Challenges and the Volvo Round the World Race.
Al has sailed a huge variety of boats including most production cruising multihull brands plus many custom designs, from micro-multihulls to the spectacular Extreme 40 and 100+ft maxi-catamarans (and even the odd monohull!).
Racing results on a variety of catamarans and trimarans from 26ft to 50ft include:
1998 RWYC 2-handed Round Britain - Class V winners
2000 Scottish Islands Peaks - race record held 10 years
2000 Bol d'Or (Lake Geneva) 10th place out of 600 on 26ft production Firebird catamaran in 9hrs 52mins
2000 RORC Round Britain - line honours and multihull winners on 50ft catamaran
2001 Round the Island Race - Shockwave 34ft tri elapsed 4hr 2mins, just 7mins outside the course record
2001 RORC Cervantes Trophy - line honours in 34ft trimaran 'Shockwave'
2001 RORC Cowes-St Malo - Multihull class winner
+ many Round the Island races, including class wins.
When the time came to own a multihull for both family cruising and club racing, Al's experience of most major brands of multihull left only one boat in the running: a Dragonfly.
After several years sailing this first Dragonfly (see top of the page), Al was delighted to accept Jens Quorning's invitation to become the UK dealer for Dragonfly trimarans in 2005, since when he's owned, raced and cruised many more Dragonfly trimarans with his young family.
We are always willing to talk multihulls, so if there is any advice
you require, please drop us a line or call us on:
Multihull Solutions Ltd is registered at:
16 Clovelly Road, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7HL UK.
Registered Company no: 5540449
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