I've sailed and toured multiple Corsair/Farriers and own a Dragonfly 1000. The following is opinion, not intended to offend advocates of either.
In car terms:
The Farrier is like a Lotus: Fast, nimble, light, spartan and tight, as in not much space. The Dragonfly is more like a BMW: Heavier, but still fast, manoeuvrable, roomy with creature comforts.
In camper terms:
The Farrier is like a Coleman, minimalist with carpet on the bulkheads and overheads. The DF is like an Airstream, solid, with teak
, sometimes leather and accommodations.
I'm 6'2" and my wife is 5'11":
While I alone could fit into the V-berth and aft cabin
of a F-32AX, both of us together, could not. While I could sit in the V-berth of the same AX, I could not sit in the aft cabin
. I cannot stand but have to crouch down in the AX. The 31, 28 and 27 are even smaller; narrower and shorter. I could conceivably do a weekend, maybe stretch it out to a week aboard a Farrier, but then I'd be crazed.
My wife and I both fit in the DF 1000 V-berth, it is almost a queen size bed! I still have to duck my head
a bit in the 6' tall DF 1000, but it is usually only a minor annoyance. I have gone weeks aboard. But I still want the DF35 with the 6'4" headroom!
While a similar size DF is more roomy and more comfortable than the Farrier, a similar size mono-hull has still more interior
room. Obviously, the trimaran has more exterior room. A buddy has a Bavaria
38 and everyone is always crowded into the cockpit
. His family
came aboard my boat and immediately scattered to the nets...and stayed there! I guess the nets are inviting. And having the catwalk along the DF side is really handy, turning the vaka into an extended sofa (easy to sit on the cabin roof with your feet on the catwalk).
aboard a buddy's Corsair 27 and cruise
aboard my DF 1000. The two designs sail similarly, the same concepts upwind, reaching and downwind. The DF is a bit taller and thereby drier. I'm always wet in rough waves aboard the Corsair 27 and never aboard the DF.
I like the DF folding system (line, winch
and clutches) better than the Farrier (wrench and 4 bolts). I can winch
in the amas while entering port, prior to the slip, while my wife motors us in. I've only seen the Corsair folded at the slip. Keep in mind, there is the potential for dropping the wrench or bolts overboard
Yes, I like the Dragonfly, but there are a few things to make my head
itch. Sometimes the electrical system
makes me I wonder what they were thinking. And the head/waste system make me wonder WTF. Still, it does have a head and a holding tank
. And yes, the lights usually turn on.
The bottom line for me: The DF for cruising, though I would race
it, the Corsair for adrenaline.