Tatzelwurm (Little Dragon)
50’ trimaran designed by Arthur Piver and homebuilt of plywood/fiberglass in Fairhaven, CA.
When we were introduced to Tatzelwurm, she had never seen the water. Her life began over 50 years ago on the shores of Humboldt Bay in Northern California, when two friends decided to pursue their dream of building a sailing yacht that could take them to the island paradises of Fiji and beyond. They began construction of the trimaran, sometimes enlisting the help of the local community, and using Egyptian engineering to build the large wooden vessel. Unfortunately, like many grand projects, the vessel outlived the builders and was left incomplete. Tatzelwurm was handed down to the builders daughter Brisa Roché, under the condition that she would one day see it sail. Brisa, now a singer in Paris, France, decided that Marc Borde would be the perfect person to complete her father's dream. She donated the boat in support of Marc's goal to do a worldwide music tour by sailboat.
Brisa Roché and her mother Jeanie with Tatzelwurm in the background.
Below you will find a collection of old photographs and writings documenting the construction of Tatzelwurm. Please enjoy our limited insight into the making of this large trimaran. Click the pictures for a closer look.
We welcome any more pics and information regarding the building of Tatzelwurm. If you have any, please let us know!
Click the link below for easier to read versions of the newspaper articles written about building Tatzelwurm. These historical documents give great insight into the projects original intentions and the builders challenges.
Lift boat onto custom trailer, demo skid, support boat on trailer, and transport to Humboldt Bay. Tatzelwurm will be towed by tugboat to Eureka Marina from beach on backside of Samoa Peninsula.
After being introduced to Tatzelwurm in late 2017, we have been hard at work preparing her for a circumnavigation. Our goal is to have all three phases completed by the summer of 2020.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals in a timely manner. Your generous donation will fund our mission.