Blue Top, welcome to the forum. Most of the old Pivers and Cross tri's rotted away over the years. You can find Jim Brown's Sea Runners that occasionally are still in decent shape. One of Jim's partners, and a good designer
, is Marples. He created the next generation with his Constant Camber method. If you go to Yacht World you will see some of his works still for sale
. A New Englander named Dick Newick has many outstanding exotic designs that are a feast for any eye that loves design beauty. They are also excellent sailors.
What you will have to decide is do you want a boat that sits in the water and is not transportable or one that can be transported when it comes to Trimarans. They both have huge advantages versus the other. The trailerable trimarans are owned by Ian Farrier's designs called F boats. There are the Corsairs, Ian's designs...but no longer associated with Ian Farrier after a nasty divorce quite some time ago or Farrier's built in Subic Bay by Multihull
Direct....they are sexy as hell. You can get F31's for between 70-100K and can be sailed single handed...but you do need some skill as a sailor because they are true speed machines if you don't keep them depowered. A wonderful machine for coastal work and much less intimidating is the F27. You can find these in the 40K range. The wonderful thing about a trailerable boat is you can pull her behind your truck or van to where ever you want to cruise
, Great Lakes
, Sea of Cortez
, San Juans....ship her by container to Holland
and do the summer thing up there...no lack of imagination or limitations. The short fall of the trailerable tri is you can't load thousands of pounds of stuff and not effect the performance. But you can easily carry 2-3 weeks of food
and be fine. They are truly the best coastal boats made. They are also very capable of very skinny water sailing with a draft
of less than 2 foot with dagger boards
and rudders up. Go on YouTube and watch some videos of Corsairs or Farrier boats in action.
If you go with a larger Searunner
, Newick, Marples, or ??? then you have more weight carrying ability but lose sailing range unless you plan to cruise
for extended periods of times and are then really a liveaboard
type of operation. The cost of this operation is a lot more than the trailerable boats because of the beam of the boat. You are now too wide for marinas
unless you can get a coveted end tie...which ain't no joke when it comes to cost. Keeping a boat in the water 365 days a year involves a lot more money
with bottom scrubbing, corrosive salt water
issues, Diesel engine
issues and salt water
. With a trailerable boat you use an outboard
that is easy to work on and not in the water unless it is being used. Since the boat sits on the trailer when not in use it is no extra charge if parked at home. No cleaning
the bottom but a light scrub down and hose off after a couple of weeks vacation
where ever. Just a smart and economical way to enjoy the beauty of our oceans.
Go to Multihull
Direct and check them out. Go to Corsair
and check out their website. There is also a Scandinavia boat that is very luxurious trimaran but are very expensive. Good luck in your search.