We routinely costal cruise
31. It is an aft cabin
boat which I think is the best possible layout. Very similar to the setup on a 27, but with a bit more space.
Previous to the Corsair we had a Catalina 30
and the new boat has changed the dynamics. While the Catalina
was kind of like an RV, I consider the Corsair to be more like a popup camper. Some things that are interesting about the transition.
First, space. We no longer are pack rats. We minimize what we carry, all in an effort to keep the weight down. The Corsairs do not like weight so anything you can do to decrease weight is good.
Power - with an outboard
as your only means of generating power, you need to carefully evaluate your battery
scenario. We use two house batteries and a starting battery
. We supplement the outboard alternator
with a solar
panel, but honestly could use two large panels
to really be effective for long term. For carrying fuel
, there are some fuel
containers that fit under the crossbeam covers near the mast
, good use of wasted space.
We have an engel refrig which is our big power hog. The logic was that the power requirements actually decreased the amount of ice and coolers we kept on board. So far it has been an awesome piece of equipment
, and well worth the investment. We keep a small cooler for ice for boat drinks, otherwise everything is kept in the refrig. In an pinch we can actually make ice with the engel, but the power needs jump.
is typically done on a grill
outside. The typical alcohol stove is good for heating water
, etc, but we have found that a small camping version does a better job. One thing we do use is a gridle, that covers both burners. This has allowed us to cook some things that most people do not believe we can make on the origo
. Also you can use your grill
as an oven
if you want by adding a temp gauge.
We have a sailing bimini
which is awesome, if you want to see some pictures let me know. Highly recommend some way to get out of the elements on these boats, since the high speed and expansive deck
area start to wear on your ability to function. Also highly recommend a tiller autopilot
. The corsairs/farrier feature a very balanced helm
, and therefore a minimal power draw. Also we found we had to upgrade all our weather
gear. While most boats can get away with something less than the top of the line stuff, the constant assult of the wind
force us into our gear
earlier, and we keep it on longer. Doing 17 to 20 knots for hours on end even on a sunny summer day can chill the body.
Lifevests - while we typically did not wear ours on the Catalina
except in bad weather, we have made it a habit to always wear them now. Also all of ours are inflatable
with harnesses, and we make a habit to clip in when on deck
solo. The fact that the boat is so balanced means that it will not round up without a person on the helm
, and it is a scary proposition to watch your boat sail away at the typical speeds.
- we use a delta
22 with chain/nylon combo. As a backup we have a fortress
16. The delta
has been incredible in the area we cruise, but your own conditions will vary. Also it is very easy to rig a bridle
, and we typically set the boat about 5 degrees of center. This actually seems to minimize sailing about on the anchor
Range - all I can say is that the best feature is the speed. While not a speed junky, the idea that I can sail all day at over 10 knots opens up a whole new set of crusing grounds for us. Also lets be honest not many boats can go upwind at 55 miles an hour on the highway, and that is a unique feature of these boats. You can change your whole latitude rather quickly.
Trash - we struggeled to keep control of the trash situation on the old boat. The fact that we can now store trash in the wings far away from the living space is a godsend.
- we keep an inflatable
dink on the nets when we cruise, and also have a sitontop kayak
. We use a old wire halyard
as a painter, and lock it to the crossbeam when we are concerned about theft, and also it is a great benefit at certain docks.
Lack of heeling - while I love the feeling of being hard over just as much as any sailor, I have found that the overall experience of being flat(er) is actually more rewarding. You arrive at your destinations less tired, and you have less chance of hurting yourself when underway.
Reefing - we reef early and often. The boats seem to be just as fast reefed, and it is easier to shake a reef out than put one in. Also while we do not sail in the dark often, I recommend you reef before the sun goes down regardless of the expected conditions. It can be a bear in the dark.
more to follow . . .