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Multi-hull trampoline Buyer's Guide

Why buy from France Trampoline ?

With close to 50 years experience in sports and leisure trampoline manufacturing, France Trampoline naturally diversified its activity to include the manufuacturing of trampolines for catamarans and trimarans, and has since gained a solid reputation in this field.

By working closely with seasoned skippers and suppliers to develop new technical solutions, we have designed and enhanced our trampoline materials to better fulfill your requirements.

Click here to order your standard model trampoline (Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Nautitech, and others).

Technical fabric, net, or custom-made trampoline:
Defining the best solution for your boat.

Trampoline for catamaran

Choosing the material

Recommending the right net or the right canvas is the result of researching the best characteristics of the materials available, based on our customers' specifications. Among our customers main criteria, the most common are the following:

  • Aperture ratio and permeability,
  • Robustness,
  • Ability to hold up in marine environments,
  • Comfort,
  • Design,
  • Price.

This Buyer's Guide will present the products, materials, their technical characteristics, their fixation methods, maintenance, and more, to assist you in narrowing down your search for the right trampoline for your boat.

Our team can then advise you accordingly and draw up a personnalized quote. To request a quote for a trampoline or technical fabric for your habitable multi-hull, or a custom-made trampoline, please contact us by e-mail or phone on +33 5 56 36 04 62.

Send us your boat design plan to help us prepare your customized cutting planes.


Braided netting or technical fabric ?

Below is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of rope nets and technical fabrics:

Braided nettingTechnical fabric
Permeability to wavesExcellentGood
UV-treatmentYesYes
Shelf life*3 - 4 years6 - 8 years
ComfortGoodExcellent
WeightLightModerate
EdgeWith bolt ropeWith eyelets

*Shelf life: tested with boat charterers in the French West Indies and French Polynesia.

The research carried out in collaboration with our suppliers, and the testing and observations made by both professional and non-professional skippers have resulted in the selection of a line of technical fabrics, and a line of rope nets. This offer is not exhaustive and perpetually evolves with the development of new materials.

Technical fabrics

The main advantage - and the most sought after - of trampolines made of a technical fabric is their comfort. Whether you are barefoot, or sitting or lying down, technical fabric trampolines are excellent for relaxing and lounging. They also considerably increase the boat's surface area (by close to 20%!) for very pleasurable moments of coastal sailing.

Although they share similar designs and manufacturing processes, there are varieties of technical fabrics with different characteristics corresponding to specific uses for each multi-hull. The material, mesh, and openings in the net cells, are just some of the parameters that define each product. These fabrics are commonly called Grid or Mesh. Technical fabric trampolines have reinforced edges often made of canvas and a strap. This technique makes them adaptable to a wide variety of shapes and different fixation systems that use grommets, bolt ropes, snap rings, slats, or straps. Furthermore, these fabrics may have one or several sides having no tension system.

Therefore, they are adaptable to all types of shapes with a wide variety of fixation systems.

POLYPROPYLENE MESH : Multi Tramp Mesh

Reference : MTMESH

This fabric has a very tight mesh along both axes and very fine braided thread, making it highly resistant and extremely durable.

Given its reduced permeability, this fabric is mainly used on racing multi-hulls like the Hobie Cat, Dart, Nacra, and others. It is available in black or white.

LIGHT GRID : Multi Tramp 362

Reference : MT362

This fabric's looser grid makes it more permeable than a Mesh.

This fabric comes in a wide variety of colours, and is a good compromise in terms of grid opening and performance on racing catamarans and trimarans.

HIGHLY RESISTANT GRID : Multi Tramp 392

Reference : MT392

This material's permeability makes it highly resistant to rupturing and tearing.

Our technical specifications rest on the ability of a fabric and its fixation system to bear the weight of an entire crew. One particular advantage is that this fabric is welded, to cover large areas.

EXTREMELY RESISTANT GRID : Multi Tramp 492

Reference : MT492

The technical design and materials used in this fabric make it extremely resistant, capable of withstanding 5 tonnes per m².

This fabric is commonly adapted to trampolines on large sailing vessels of over 35 feet, including the largest multi-hulls. Its void ratio greatly reduces resistance to waves. Each fabric is also welded, to cover large areas.

Technical characteristics for each reference :

MESHMT362MT392MT492
Thread materialPolypropylene1100 Dtex –PES HT1100 Dtex –PES HT1100 Dtex –PES HT
Coating materialPermatron1100 Dtex+PVC1100 Dtex+PVC1670 Dtex+PVC
Weight/m²270 g/m²350 g/m²820 g/m²1000 g/m²
Rupture-resistance440/365 lbs250/180 daN/5cm300/300 daN/5cm400/250 daN/5cm
Tear-resistance185/190 lbs50/40 daN/5cm60/60 daN/5cm100/55 daN/5cm
Temperature of use-30°C / +70°C-30°C / +70°C-30°C / +70°C-30°C / +70°C
Porosity2%35%19%24%
ColourBlack / WhiteWhiteBlack / WhiteWhite
UV-resistanceGoodVery goodVery goodVery good
UseSports multihullsSports multihulls or small unitsCruising multihullsCruising multihulls from 35 to 80 feet

Technical fabric edges with grommets

With a diameter of less than 17 mm, made of stainless steel and equipped with a toothed washer to fasten the reinforcements, grommets are the most common way to lace up the trampoline. The grommets mustn't be positioned too closely together to evenly distribute the weight and tension of the trampoline.

Multi-hull nets

Knotted nets are traditionally used on habitable multi-hulls. Their main advantage is their void ratio - or large openings - offering little resistance to waves. With evolving knotting and braiding techniques, we obtain braided netting as resistant as knotted netting, with outstanding levels of comfort.

Our selection of multi-hull nets have different thread diameters, mesh sizes, and braidings. The nets listed below are made of polyamide, polypropylene, and multi-strand polyester, capable of lasting a long time in a marine environment made of UV rays and salt. For that matter, they are treated against UV rays.

Technical characteristics of knotted nets:

Knotted 50x50 nettingKnotted 60x60 netting
Mesh50 x 50 mm60 x 60 mm
MaterialPolyamidePolyamide
Thread diameter4.75 mm4.75 mm
NettingKnottedKnotted
Bolt rope10 mm diameter12 mm diameter
UV treatmentYesYes
ComfortableNoNo
ColourWhiteBlack
UseCruising multihulls - Boat railingsCruising multihulls - Boat railings

Reference F5050N polyamide

Reference F6060N polyamide

Technical characteristics of braided nets :

Braided 50x50 nettingBraided 30x30 nettingBraided 13x13 netting
Mesh50 x 50 mm30 x 30 mm13 x 13 mm
MaterialPolypropylenePolyesterPolyester
Thread diameter6 mm4 mm2.5 mm
NettingBraidedBraidedBraided
Bolt rope10 mm diameter10 mm diameter10 mm diameter
UV treatmentYesYesYes
ComfortableYesYesYes
ColourWhiteWhiteWhite
UseCruising multihullCruising multihullCruising multihull

Reference F5050T polypropylene

Reference F3030T polyester

Reference F1313T polyester


Nets and comfort

This diagram will allow you to rapidly compare our two types of nets, each with a different mesh-link system:

  • The braided net is designed for relaxing.
  • The knotted net is designed for guard rails and storage areas on board.

The net edges

The edges of our nets are made of a 10-mm or 12-mm, UV-resistant, polyamide bolt rope, reinforced by a small nylon cable. This rope is tied to the net when the net is tensioned and cut to the size of the boat. This way, it will fit in the designated area, giving it a distorted appearance when not in use.

The main advantage of a bolt rope, aside from its robustness, is that it can be laced through every aperture all around the edges of the net to make it easier to fasten to the boat. What's more, the net fits curved shapes very well.


Your project in 4 steps

Step 1 : Quote

During our first contact (via our web site, phone, or email), we ask you a certain number of questions in order to draw up a quote.

  • Make and model of your boat
  • Precise void measurements (sides and diagonals)

This quote is drawn up as precisely as possible based on the information provided. The quote gives detailed information (technical details, photos) for each material so that you have all the parameters to make the right trampoline selection. This quote will be emailed to you.

Step 2 : Plans - Dimensions

Since we design custom-made trampoline nets, it is important for us to have very precise information before we begin our manufacturing process.

That is why we need to insist on discussing your net with you to validate the information you've provided us. At this stage, each customer needs to sign off on the information he / she has provided. This does not prevent us from validating the plans of a standard boat, if they are available to us.

An increasing number of shipchandlers make their plans available to us, and we rely on their documents. However, certain boat plans are out of date or have been modified, which is why your boat is our top priority.

Step 3 : Manufacturing

Once we have your written acceptance of the quote and the information received, we begin designing your trampoline(s) and keep you updated on their progress. Based on the nature of the project, we may ask you to validate certain steps of the manufacturiing process. Generally, manufacturing times are between three and four weeks.

Step 4 : Shipping

After a final product control regarding its design and dimensions, we carefully package and ship your trampoline(s). The installation instructions are emailed to you. And of course, we remain available for any installation questions you may have.

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