October 01, 2009

Short Magnum 18 video

New customers enjoying their new boat have just notified me of this clip they have uploaded to YouTube.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 10:04 AM

September 07, 2009

Magnum 18 customer feedback

A couple of shots of our maiden voyage on Lac Leman last Saturday.

Weather was perfect, reasonably strong breeze, warm and sunny. The Magnum is a doddle to sail and seems to be as fast as most of the Hobie cat 18's. (The ones nearby had more sail area than us). And unlike our friends on their Hobie cat, we didn't capsize!

After the first attempt at home the boat took about 40 minutes to get on the water from arrival. I'm sure we can easily beat that next time.

Colin Staples

Posted by Stephen Walker at 10:17 AM

September 02, 2009

Magnum at the Needles

Steve Davis, a Magnum 18 owner, has sent me these photos of his venture out to the Needles last weekend with his son and a friend. This is exactly the sort of adventure that Magnum trimarans are built for.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 03:56 PM

February 17, 2009

Busy at the Birmingham Show

Ahoy-Boats stand at the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself busy at the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show at the NEC today. As you can see I have on show almost all the boats that I sell, the notable exception being the new V8 catamaran.

This is the first time that the show has dedicated a hall entirely to boats. As it turns out the range of boats I am offering seem to be just the ticket and I had sincere enquiries about all of them.

Stand 1009 - Ahoy-Boats

The boats above, left to right, are Magnum 21, Yole Custom, Turbo II Classic (at rear), TS515 training scull, Magnum 18.

All the boats except the TS515 are offered at very special prices, never to be repeated.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 09:59 PM

Magnums at Birmingham Boat Show

For the first time in England you will be able to compare a Magnum 21 alongside a Magnum 18 as I shall be showing both of these two trimarans, built in France by VirusBoats, at the National Boat, Caravan & Outdoor Show at the National Exhibition Centre THIS WEEK.

Magnum 21 at the show. Magnum 18

I'll also be showing three rowing boats, a beautiful red Yole Custom, a Turbo II Classic and an Edon TS515 training scull.

The Birmingham show starts at 10am on Tuesday 17th Feb and goes on till Sunday 22nd. This is probably the easiest show to get to in the country as the NEC is adjacent to the M42 motorway, Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International Rail Station. I always find it a friendly show. Hope to see you there.

I shall not be showing the new V8 catamaran from VirusBoats that proved so successful at the Paris and London International Boat Shows. The V8 is undergoing extensive sea trials in Brittany in readiness for tests with journalists at the end of this month. Nevertheless I hope to be able to show some video of the new boat sailing that will not have been seen before. She was taken up to 18 knots without any difficulty last week. Do come along and chat with me if you are interested in this boat.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 07:16 AM

December 05, 2008

Boat Shows

Hi and thanks to everybody who stopped by the Ahoy-Boats Stand at the The Sail, Power and Watersports Show 2008 at Earls Court.

I'm off to Paris next weekend to see the new V8 catamaran.

You'll be able to see her yourself if you come to the London International Boat Show between January 9th -18th.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 06:49 PM

June 06, 2008

Trapezing Video Clip

Check out this great little video clip which gives you a real feeling of what it is like trapezing in a strong breeze on the Magnum 18 trimaran.

Trapezing on board the Magnum 18 in a force 5 - 6.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 05:03 PM

June 01, 2008


BUY Dinghy Sailing Magazine (July edition) OUT NOW as it includes an 8 page spread comparing the MAGNUM 18 with the Windrider 17 and the Astus 16 trimarans.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 07:39 PM

May 08, 2008

Excellent video of Magnum 18

At last I have some really good video of the NEW Magnum 18 trimaran, which I have uploaded for you to view.

I am gradually rebuilding the .co.uk site around the new trimaran and so not all of the links work yet. A set of videos on the assembly of the Magnum 18 trimarans is next in line.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 11:35 AM

May 02, 2008

New Photos of Magnum 18

I am off today to Carmarthen to exhibit a Magnum 21 the Welsh Boat Show over the bank holiday weekend.

Meantime I have uploaded a number of photos of the Magnum 18 which give you a flavour of the boat. I have yet to complete the FAQ, Assembly and the Main descriptive page of the Magnum 18 so the links to these pages will not work yet.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 09:04 AM

March 05, 2008

RYA Dinghy Show

The Magnum 18 trimaran made its debut at the RYA Dinghy Show last weekend.

She was one of the biggest boats there and definitely the widest. There were a few extreme catamarans with taller masts and bigger sails. There was also a good showing of trimarans. More than at any other show I have been to in the UK. Nothing compared to Paris, of course. The French have really taken to them.

I heard from a customer recently that in Florida, where he goes quite often, monohulls are not selling but multihulls are very popular. The world is waking up to the benefits of multihull sailing.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 04:13 PM

February 26, 2008

Short video of Magnum 18

Check out this short video clip of the Magnum 18 on youtube, the very first video of this new boat. Not very exciting but then not very much wind either.

Then come and see the boat at the RYA Dinghy Show this weekend.

Magnum 18 unveiled at the Earls Court Boat Show.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 03:57 PM

February 24, 2008

RYA Dinghy Show

Come and see the new Magnum 18 trimaran at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexander Palace on March 1st / 2nd. The show will be opened by double olympic champion, Ben Ainslie at 10am on the Saturday.

Ben Ainslie

Posted by Stephen Walker at 08:11 PM

February 21, 2008

Fresh photos of Magnum 18 trimaran

During the recent spell of fine weather VirusBoats managed to get some more photos of it to whet your appetite.

Magnum 18 trimaran on trailer. Launching made easy!

New gennaker

Posted by Stephen Walker at 06:08 PM

January 09, 2008

Not the LONDON boat show

Earls Court Boat Show was a great show Lots of people stopped to look up to the top of the main sail. There is no boom on the Magnum 18 but the main sail is fully battened, right from head to foot. Because the mast head touched the ceiling I had to heel the boat over on its trailer rather more than it would normally be when sailing.

Too bad if you missed the new Magnum 18 at the Earls Court Boat Show in December 2007, especially as I'll not be showing at the London Boat Show at Excel in Docklands next week.

The GOOD NEWS is that I will be showing the MAGNUM 18 at the RYA Dinghy Show at ALEXANDRA PALACE on March 1st / 2nd 2008. See you there.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 05:21 PM

December 07, 2007

Earls Court Boat Show

Come and see the magnificent Magnum 18 trimaran at the new Earls Court Boat Show, which is on NOW.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 12:18 AM

November 27, 2007

Moonlighting Magnum 18

On Saturday by moonlight I left the VirusBoats boat yard in Brittany with the first Magnum 18 IN THE WORLD (and two yoles). I will be showing the MAGNUM 18 trimaran at the Earls Court Boat Show between Dec 1st - 9th. Do come along.

1st MAGNUM 18 trimaran in the world with a yole on top of it and one on my Toyota too.

List price for the MAGNUM 18 is 10,695 including VAT and including jib and main sail.

I have already posted some photos of the new trimaran. Have a look at this photo though. You can clearly see the major differences between principal hulls of the Magnum 21 and the Magnum 18.

I shall be taking the boat to Chichester Harbour on Tuesday 11th Dec for a test so if you would like to join me then please phone 07985 043 981 and put your name forward. Bring a Magnum of champagne with you!

Posted by Stephen Walker at 04:41 PM

November 18, 2007

First Magnum 18 photos

The latest creation from VirusBoats took to the water for the first time on Thursday. Here are the first photos of this exciting new trimaran, designed to replace the aging VirusPlus 16, talking of which, I have a used one for sale at a very good price. See the boats for sale section.

I am going to France on Tuesday to collect one of these to show at the Earls Court Boat Show between Dec 1st and 9th. Do come and buy one. They are significantly fast and a stimulating and rewarding sail.

They are aimed at the small family with the shallower pocket and at the single-hander who might be intimidated by the 21 or 21S. Although they are obviously going to be very fast when close in shore on sheltered, flatish water, or on lakes they are nevertheless classified as unsinkable Category C boats so you can go up to 10 miles from a harbour in one, even in a strong breeze. And of course you can turn your beach trimaran into a day boat by the simple addition of a small outboard motor. The engine mounting is a standard fitting.

The one shown here has a slightly taller mast and bigger sail set than will actually be made available to the public because it was found to be too twitchy. But it is worth noting that the boat will nevertheless have a sail area to weight ratio that is the same as the Magnum 21.S.

Also the light wind sails will be different from what is shown here. It will be more similar to the Magnum 21 with a radial cut sail on the bow and a star cut asymmetric on the bowsprit.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 11:08 PM

October 19, 2007

NEW Magnum 18 trimaran

VirusBoats announce that they will be launching a new trimaran, the Magnum 18, simultaneously at the Paris International Boat Show and in London at the Earls Court Boat Show.

To whet your appetite, I can reveal that the 18 footer follows the same lines, shape and style as the Magnum 21.S, but is only 4m wide, like the classic Magnum 21, and comes with options of gennaker and/or spinnaker. To find out more you'll need visit the Ahoy-Boats Stand (1H9) at the show.

Length: 5.50m
Beam: 4m when sailing and 1.70m on its trailer
Sail area: 18m2 - Options gennaker 15m2 and asymmetric spinnaker 18m2
Engine: 2 to 5HP
Weight: 200 kg
Homologation CE: Category C: Crew 3 adults - Category D: 4/5 crew (250kg)

And NO you are not losing your marbles. YES I did write the EARLS COURT BOAT SHOW. There is a new show at the old venue, which is where the vast majority of people think that the London International Boat Show takes place anyway.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 10:51 PM