Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Ongoing developments

What we are working on and future plans


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Below is an outline of what you can expect to find on the Multihull Maven website in the coming months. Some items already exist and will be updated and extended progressively, others are completely new sections.

We are very interested in your feedback on all these developments, and also welcome your suggestions on what you would like to see on these pages. Also, if you would like to receive regular updates about the website, along with other news from the multihull industry, why not sign up for them now? If you are already registered, go to "Edit my profile" at the top right of any page (you need to be logged in) and tick the box at the bottom of the screen. If you are a new user, you can register here for free - this will also give you access to the 'members only' areas on the site.

Boat guide
One of our highest priorities is to complete our listing of all multihull models (whether still in production or not) and we are constantly working to put on more brands, boats, yards and associations along with the boat models. The designer section we believe to be fairly complete, although of course we still occasionally find new ones and will update the list. If you know of one we are missing, please tell us!

Our goal is to have the most thorough, up to date and objective information available, and because of that it takes a long time to put on a boat - researching various sources, gathering material, double-checking, finding good images...

Buy, sell & build
We will increase the number of used boats.

The sub-section on boat building is still missing and we are hoping to have lots of information, advice and resources there soon.

We aim to have forums on a range of topics where you can exchange news, gossip and opinion, ask questions, help each other and more.

We're planning to have the following sub-sections:

  • Handling
  • Racing
  • Cruising
  • Trailering
  • Maintenance
  • Charter
  • Training

Gear & Services
We're planning to have the following sub-sections:

  • Safety
  • Engine
  • Nets
  • Insurance
  • Sails/rigging
  • Power supply
  • Electrical equipment
  • Interior
  • Suppliers

We already have a glossary of several hundred words and will publish this soon and add to it as we go along. We plan to have this in English, French, Spanish and German. From our own experience we know that one can often grasp the meaning of an article in another language, but it's the special vocabulary that makes it really tough! - Translating the whole site into different languages is not an option for us at the moment, but we hope that a multilingual glossary will help to overcome some of the barriers and make the website more user-friendly for non-native English speakers.

Power multihulls
Whilst we are currently focused on sailing multihulls, we intend to broaden the site to include power multihulls in the future.

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