Welcome to Smart Yachting. This tri bristles with innovation. Completely fits in a 40' container it's a simple and elegant solution sailing fast and effortlessly.
The Smart Tri 40 is well, a smart machine. Conceived by the man you see at the helm. Danie is a big fellow and after a life time of not being able to fit into a boat well, he designed his own with a little commissioned work from the crew at Morrelli and Melvin - world leaders in multihull design aka, the Americas Cup guys!
The Smart embodies all of Danie's vast and varied sailing experience in one boat. "I wanted a boat I could easily sail with the family, so it had to be forgiving. On race days with a good crew I wanted a boat that would be fast but not extreme. I set my goals of high-teens while cruising and mid-twenties when be pushed".
After being in Capetown for the sea trials, we can say Danie easily hit his targets and... His 1.98m frame fits inside!
SMART TRI 40
Smart power uses electric motors to get you out of the marina. A genreous generator gives you hot water, air-conditioning and a micro-wave.
Smart layout delivers all controls right where you need them when powering or sailing.
Smart speeds. Running in the high-teens while cruising with the family proved very safe. Pushed with a race crew Smart powers well into the high 20's.
You don't get a better backdrop than Table Mountain. South Africa's 'seclusion' has allowed the development of very creative solutions. Smart people, Smart stuff!
Some of the Smart bits... Just some...
This is Smart Yachting. we watched her go over 24 knots on her second sail in not very much wind, we'd guess 16 knots of puff.
The Smart Tri 40 does move effortlessly along and there is plenty of room, even for big people. Nice-ities include little things like being able standing in the cockpit while running in the high teens and no fear of any strange sailing habits or getting hit by the boom! As mentioned Danie is 1.98m tall and so things are crafted around his frame. That makes it a tall boat for the rest of us! We tested the Smart Tri in everything from drifting to about 15 knots of breeze. Testing in a drifter is hard so we were glad that was the first few days to let everything bed in. We saw over 24 knots on the log and there was more coming as the Smart hadn't finished accelerating before we reigned it in. In the drifter we were moving better than the mono's that were out on an evening race. All in all good signs for the Smart.
An now we come to the SMART in the Smart Tri.
Comparable trimarans to the Smart are normally powered by an outboard. Whilst this is an effective mode of power it does restrict what other systems you can have onboard. Danie has done a lot of ocean racing and enough to know that after a long passage all you really want is a hot meal, hot shower and a comfortable sleep.
The Smart was crafted around a large, quiet generator and a large battery bank. This arrangement allows for a household hot water supply 24 hours (so hot you can make coffee directly), microwave oven and... Airconditioning!
So you see, hot food, hot shower and good rest!
The upside to the electrical power is then being able to propel the boat with electric motors. For testing purposes the Smart Tri was fitted with a pair of Torquedos. Leaving the dock has never been easier. Jump on, cast off and throttle up. The thrust from an electric motor is well documented and it really is remarkable to be thrust forward in such a silent and forceful manner. Danie is currently working on proprietary electric motors with a view to having these retractable into the amas.
This is an advanced yet minimalist design. Each element of the boat has a function and while minimal, it serves the purpose of making high cruising speeds without much effort required. Certainly on the days we sailed it, it felt as if you had stopped should you bring the speed down to 10 knots. It is easy to get used to running in the high teens without much breeze at all.
The Smart is really easy to drive. Light and balanced on the helm is really a no hands approach!
For a boat to run safely in family mode and then pushed by a crack crew it needs to be able to 'shift gear'. Danie incorporated a few tell tale signs into the design so that no matter in which mode you were sailing there would be plenty of indicators as to what the boat was doing. The floats have a hard chine on their aft section about half way up from the water line. This is the 'cruising indicator' for heel control. With the float compressed to this point there is no chance of flying the main hull and so the Smart remains in level flight.
Compress the hull up to the gunwhale and this is the point where the main hull starts to fly and the boat speed spirals. Naturally, this type of sailing is not for the cruisers but having easily identifiable performance markers means that even novices could feel at home on the helm.
The sharp water shedding ability of bows is quite astonishing! But the bow seldom is pushed into the water as the lift from the underwater profile ensures there is always plenty of reserves at hand. At over 20 knots with a cameraman shooting video on the main bow the stem was only half submerged. The aft sections of the floats also have a 'razor back' design style this adds stiffness as well as ensuring that the water is cleanly released.
High lift foils ensure that the sailing manners are impecable at all times. At no stage did the Smart Tri feel like it wanted to run away or head up no matter what the speed or heading. For a price comparable to a Corsair 37 (US $ 300K) you can get a boat with much high performance and all sorts of modern conveniences including air-con! It's simple in its design and it works.
For a boat that will run into the high twenties and can have a custom interior dropped in... this is great value.
The Smart is demountable and the whole lot can be packed into a 40' box and shipped around the world. This includes the Carbon Wing Section mast. A two piece mast makes life so much easier! In the case of the Smart, this section is not only a powerful aerodynamic section but is also clean. Devoid of the normal spreader and diamond wire arrangement means it is clean and light. Support for the sailing loads comes from a set of Dyneema lowers that effectively control the mast mid section.
The sail plan is a standard arrangement of main, self tacking jib, furling screecher and asymmetric spinnaker. Bat cars on the main make easy for one person to haul it up. All the control lines lead back to the helms position. As inline with the famous big racing multis, a nice bucket seat is bolted aft for the helm. Surrounding the helm are the sailing controls as well as the electronic throttles for the electric motors.
When you see the Smart you can tell she was designed by someone who really knew what they needed. That makes a clear distinction from those designs that want to do everything but never achieve. The coach roof shape was forged around Dani's 115kg frame, it gives more than 2.om of headroom inside. It also fits a liferaft on the top deck. You see, its the experience of yachting that makes this boat Smart.
The boat is a composite construction with Carbon in critical areas. Laid up in a female mold. Danie likes his personal boat to be minimalistic and as such his interior reflects his desire for simplicity.
The plan is that each owner will have a different requirement for the interior space and as such, the Smart Tri will be constructed and then the interior custom designed and fitted to suit individual taste and needs.
Dry Weight: 3000kg
Boards up: 01m Boards down: 02m
Water: 150 + 600
Main: 60 sqm
Reef 1: 55 sqm
Reef 2: 40 sqm
Jib: 30 sqm
Solent: 15 sqm
Storm jib: 12 sqm
Code 0: 60 sqm
Gennaker: 70 sqm
Code 1: 80 sqm