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Old 28-01-2014, 07:32   #1
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Another Mystery Tri

This folding 26' tri is for sale in San Diego. I haven't seen a folding system like this before. It was built in 1966! What is it?
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Old 28-01-2014, 08:22   #2
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Re: Another Mystery Tri

Telstar.
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Old 28-01-2014, 08:35   #3
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Re: Another Mystery Tri

I never saw a Telstar folded and you are right about the similarity.
However this one has a date of 1966 and Wiki says Tony Smith built the first "solid" one in 1969. Maybe the date in the ad is wrong.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstar_trimaran
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Old 28-01-2014, 08:45   #4
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I think they built 7-8 of the Telstar 35. One has been for sale in Germany for a while, very roomy.

They lost the molds for the 26 in a factory fire. When they relocated they used the old Aristocat molds to start Gemini cat production in the states. I liked the new Telstar 28 tri but apparently there wasn't enough market to keep it in production.
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Now that tri is on eBay and was built by Boeing engineers!
1966 Fiberglass Trimaran 26' Made by Globemaster Boeing w Street Legal Trailer | eBay
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Maybe they assembled a couple Telstar kits/bare hulls? To many that would be "building'.
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That looks to be in excellent order for a '66 build.
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Would love to take a voyage on that vessel, if those pictures were current... 😁
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