Llewellyn Westerman was born to Nevisian parents Doris Lawrence and Aurthur Ivan Westerman on the island of Nevis – a small island that is part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. Together with the nearby island of St. Kitts, it forms the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The island is perhaps best known for being the birthplace and early childhood home of Alexander Hamilton. In fact, Llewellyn lived on the very site where Hamilton’s house had stood, and play-sailed on steps remaining from that structure.
It is in Nevis that Llewellyn first spent time on boats as a child, sailing, and fishing with his brother Inglore and their father, Aurthur. Aurthur was a boat captain and fisherman in Nevis. Llewellyn’s grandfather, Richard Westerman, was also a boat captain and sailed cargo vessels between St. Kitts and Nevis. You can learn more about his birth island at www.nevisisland.com.
Llewellyn came to St. Croix in January 1960. He lived and worked at Grapetree Bay Hotel for twenty years. At night, he performed music at the hotel. By day, he sailed guests to Buck Island. He sailed a Rhodes 19, a Pearson 28 and eventually a 36′ Dick Newick Trimaran named Trice.
In 1979 he purchased a 36′ Dick Newick Trimaran named Charis and started Llewellyn’s Charter. All these years, he has continued to embark from Teague Bay, where you’ll meet him when you book your Buck Island trip.
Charis+ is a 37′, 6 passenger trimaran. It’s a 100% sail powered trimaran built on St. Croix, USVI by Llewellyn Westerman, George “Moose” Silver, Inglore Westerman, and friends.
Construction of the Trimaran
Charis+ was designed by Geroge “Moose” Silver. It was designed after the loss of Llewellyn’s first trimaran, Charis, which was destroyed during Hurricane Lenny in 1999. The original Charis was a Dick Newick trimaran design. Construction of the Charis+ trimaran began in 2000 and was launched in 2002.
History of the Trimaran
A trimaran is a multihulled boat consisting of a main hull (vaka) and two smaller outrigger hulls (amas), attached to the main hull with lateral struts (akas). The design and names for the trimaran components are derived from the original proa constructed by native Pacific Islanders.
The first trimarans were built by indigenous Polynesians and other Pacific islanders almost 4,000 years ago, and much of the current terminology is inherited from them. Multihull sailboats (catamarans and trimarans) gained favor during the 1960s and 1970s. Modern recreational trimarans are rooted in the same homebuilt tradition as other multihulls but there are also a number of production models on the market. A number of trimarans in the 19–36-foot lengths (5.8–11 m) have been designed over the last 30 years to be accommodated on a road trailer. These include the original Farrier – Corsair folding trimarans – and original John Westell swing-wing folding trimaran (using the same folding system later adopted also on Quorning Dragonfly) and like trimarans. Many sailboat designers have also designed demountable trimarans that are able to be trailered (like the SeaCart 30 by Oceanlake Marine).