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Our Story

History

In the 1920s, two brothers, Eldon and Afton, built a fishing boat in Port Townsend, WA, and set sail for Alaska. They eventually settled in the towns of Sitka and Ketchikan. Both married, raised families, and continued the Coon Brother tradition. But it was Eldon who carried on the family's wanderlust. In 1969, a shipwreck forced Eldon and wife Jeannette to sell their home, move south to Seattle, and, with the help of their two sons Jim and Rand, and daughter Pattie, build another boat.

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Christened Trilogy in 1971, their new 50' sailing trimaran carried them for two years from Alaska to Mexico, Central & South America, the Galapagos Islands, and eventually, the South Pacific. It was there they decided, because of limited funds, to sail north to Hawai‘i and work until ship stores were replenished, before continuing their "around the world" Odyssey. But, as Jim and Rand are fond of recounting, they not only fell in love with the islands, they fell in love with a couple of islands girls as well and settled instead on the island of Maui.

The Fleet
Trilogy I
64' searunner/cutter, rigged sailing catamaran

Built: 1993, Shaw boats/Aberdeen, WA
Sails: 1,700 sq. ft. working sail area, custom spinnaker
Specs: 64' x 32', Draft @ DWL 5'
Capacity: Normal working capacity/ 55
Crew: Captain, 1st mate, 2nd mates as needed
Other Info: Twin 350 hp Yanmar turbo diesel full electronics, covered cabin, netting forward & aft, two heads, large galley, cushioned seating inside and outside.
Trilogy II
64' Custom SeaRunner/Cutter rigged sailing catamaran

Built: 2010, Schooner Creek Boat Works, Portland, OR
Sails: 1,950 sq/ft working sails
Specs: 64' x 32', Draft @ DWL 5'
Capacity: Normal working capacity 60 passengers
Crew: Captain, 1st Mate, 2nd Mate, Deckhand
Other Info: Twin 350 hp Yanmar turbo diesel full electronics, covered cabin, netting forward & aft, two heads, large galley, cushioned seating inside and outside.
Trilogy IV
50' sloop rigged sailing catamaran

Built: 1996 Multis by Millett, Lawai, Kauai
Sails: 1280 sq.ft. Working Sails, Custom spinnaker
Specs: 50' X 28', Draft @ DWL 3'4"
Capacity: US Coast Guard licensed for 49 + crew
Crew: Captain, 1st Mate, 2nd Mates as needed
Other Info: Electric heads, large galley, full electronics, Twin 230 Yanmar turbo diesel engines, two cushioned seating, custom dive ladder, forward netting, twin swim steps aft, shade awning.
Trilogy V
54' sloop rigged sailing catamaran

Built: 1996, Shaw Boats, Aberdeen, WA
Sails: 1,200 sq. ft. working sails, custom spinnaker
Specs: 54' x 27', Draft @ DWL 4'
Capacity: Normal working capacity 55.
Crew: Captain, 1st mate, 2nd mates as needed
Other Info: Twin 200 hp. Turbo Volvo diesel engines, two electric heads, covered cabin, cushioned seating, large galley, netting forward, custom swim steps forward, twin swim steps aft, full electronics, AC/DC.
Trilogy VI
54' sloop rigged sailing catamaran

Built: 2000, Pacific Rim Yachts, Aberdeen, WA
Sails: 1,200 sq. ft. working sails, custom spinnaker
Specs: 54' x 30', Draft @ DWL 4'
Capacity: Normal working capacity 55
Crew: Captain, 1st mate, 2nd mates as needed
Other Info: Twin 350 hp. Yanmar diesel engines, two electric heads, covered cabin, cushioned seating, large galley, netting forward, custom swim steps forward, twin swim steps aft, full electronics, AC/DC.
Trilogy Elua
55' custom sloop, rigged sailing catamaran

Built: 1986, Coon Bros./Chamberlain Enterprises/Maui
Sails: 1,200 sq. ft. working sails, custom spinnaker
Specs: 55' x 30', Draft @ DWL 4'
Capacity: USCG Licensed for 49 passengers + crew
Crew: Captain, 1st mate, 2nd mates as needed
Other Info: Twin 200 hp turbo Volvo diesel, awning, netting forward, two heads, cushioned and contoured seating. Netting and dive ladder forward, custom dive steps aft, full electronics/AC/DC, shade awning. First composite/epoxy vessel certified by USCG in Hawaii.

Your Safety

Here at Trilogy our goal is to make yourTrilogy Adventure in Paradise both educational and entertaining, but above all, we are committed tomaking your day with us the safest day of your vacation! All our vessels are USCG (United States CoastGuard) certified and ocean tested sailing catamarans that we designed and/orbuilt ourselves specifically with you in mind. Your safety and comfort were criticalconsiderations in the design and building process. Every vessel, as well as all our land basedoperations, carry emergency oxygen as well as Emergency AED’s. In addition, our captains and crew maintaincurrent certifications in CPR and First Aid and adhere to USCG regulations. Also, all vessels carry slicker gear for eachpassenger in the event that the wind and seas kick up during a passage. If you can keep dry here in the tropics youwill usually stay warm and comfortable as well.

Our crew arealso there to help while guests enjoy Hawaii’s amazing ocean marine life. Whether you are snorkeling at the surface orenjoying a SNUBA dive underwater, our crew are there to supervise, educate, andassist you. Besides having a crewmemberto lead guests on snorkeling tours of the reef, you’ll also find a crewmemberon top of a surfboard ready and able to assist you if you in case oftrouble. In addition, every snorkeler isprovided with a BCD (Buoyancy Compensator Device) regardless of their ability. Some swimmers think this limits theirmobility—the truth is the opposite happens. The BCD can be worn uninflated or partiallyinflated and in many cases guests find that the BCD provides them with extraflotation when they need it while keeping them warm at the same time! And yes, it can get a bit chilly in thewinter, so in case you get cold our Discover Molokini and Discover Kaanapalitrips offer partial wet suits for both snorkelers and divers that provide bothsafety and comfort.

While safety is our number one priority, remember that wecan’t do it without your help. Whetheryour out on the water with us, or off adventuring on your own, here are a fewimportant rules to keep you safe:

1. ALWAYS hold on to something while movingaboard a vessel. Wind and sea conditionscan cause a vessel to move in unexpected ways at unexpected times when vesselsare underway and even when they are at anchor. So remember to always use at least one hand to support yourself whilemoving around and avoid those unnecessary injuries.

2. ALWAYS usethe buddy system when venturing into the ocean. Having someone to keep an eye on you (and you on them) while out inthe ocean is one of the best ways to stay out of trouble. The marine life here in the islands can bemesmerizing, but by taking a moment every couple minutes to look up and verifyyour buddy is still nearby will ensure you both are safe and have fun.

3. If in doubt, don’t go out. Snorkeling can be a dangerous activity, so whether the seas arerough, the wind is strong, or you are unsure of your physical abilities, it’salways better to wait until you are comfortable before going into the ocean. If you have any pre-existinghealth conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, seizures, andcardiovascular problems, we recommend you consult a physician prior to enteringthe ocean- whether with us or on your own.

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About Trilogy

Trilogy Excursions is proud to be the oldest family owned and operated Maui activity and sailing business. We are also committed to being the best activity company on Maui! This is something we work at every day. For starters, each member of our crew from entry-level deckhand to our most senior captains goes through extensive training that has earned our crew the reputation for being the very best on the island.

In addition to preserving the ancient art of sailing we are also preserving the lost art of island hospitality known here in Hawai‘i as Ho‘okipa. Unlike many of the big power catamarans that carry as many as 149 passengers, Trilogy boats average 40-50 guests. Here at Trilogy Ho‘okipa means more than just saying Aloha—it means living Aloha.

Community and Environment

Our family at Trilogy takes seriously the responsibility of supporting our local Maui community and has a strong commitment to preserving our ocean and island environment. Trilogy adheres to the Dolphin Smart guidelines and does not condone swimming with marine mammals. Any underwater image of a dolphin or whale was taken from the boat, using a poll-mounted camera. Since 1973, Trilogy has employed business practices with a strong concern for the conservation and improvement of the Maui natural environment. We regularly support many local charitable organizations and we would like to share some of the non-profit groups which Trilogy has contributed to in the past several years:


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