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Old 23-09-2009, 17:57   #1
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Identify This Boat: 1980 Cox Marine Trimaran

I own a 32' trimaran cruiser (see photo) identified only by registration papers as a 1980 Cox Marine. I can not find any boats produced by this out of business company that was based in England. They once made hulls for Piver.

Does anyone recognize the company or design? I have found very little information about them. She sails well and has just completed a four month trip to the Bahamas.
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Old 24-09-2009, 07:56   #2
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I own a 32' trimaran cruiser (see photo) identified only by registration papers as a 1980 Cox Marine. I can not find any boats produced by this out of business company that was based in England. They once made hulls for Piver.

Does anyone recognize the company or design? I have found very little information about them. She sails well and has just completed a four month trip to the Bahamas.
Hull is fiberglass?

There are a ton of small companies that have existed over the years and have since gone out of business, I suspect this is the case for them. However, I found this:
Cox Marine Ltd
The Shipyard
Brightlingsea
Colchester
Essex
CO7 0AR

Tel: +44 (0) 1728 860909
Fax: +44 (0) 1728 861056


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Old 24-09-2009, 08:35   #3
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I've just found this which might be of help. Also, you might find this website interesting - written by an owner of a Piver 35. The text confirms your suggestion that your hull may be one of Piver's designs. Might be worth contacting the owner?
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Old 08-11-2009, 15:25   #4
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Hi Catsailor 1,

Lovely boat, I sent you a message through the forum office as I couldn't find the thread. In brief, Cox Marine succeeded Contour Craft building Pivers at Great Yarmouth, England, in the late 60s, but Piver designs were regarded as obsolete by 1970, so they started producing their own. The designer of Cox 32 was someone named Bennett. It was not a Piver design.

Hope this is of some interest.

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Old 09-11-2009, 01:28   #5
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Maren,
Thanks for your reply regarding Cox Marine. The hulls are 100% fiberglass. Hoping to keep the boat in one piece as Hurricane Ida hits us tonight!
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:40   #6
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To Catsailor re Cox 32

Just a p.s. to say that the likeliest candidate to have designed your nice trimaran is John Bennett, a well known naval architect in the east of England. His company still has offices in Colchester, close to where I live.
If you're interested I'll try to research this further for you. It's interesting to me, because I think the AYRA have got it wrong, so maybe their historical record needs correcting.

If I'm right, this John Bennett was not a multihull specialist, which is probably why his name 'does not compute' with tri enthusiasts, but as a qualified naval architect I guess he'd've researched the state of the art pretty thoroughly before designing a tri; so I'm not surprised if you feel it's a satisfactory design.

Best wishes - John K.
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Old 21-11-2009, 18:31   #7
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Hi, I have a review of the Cox 32 by the editor of 'Yachts and Yachting' reprinted in 'Trimarans 1970' one of the Amateur Yacht Research Society's publications. It doesn't refer to the designer by name, but gives a positive report including such comments as:-
'Perfect summer conditions with a wind of around Force 3 were the background for our trial off the mouth of the River Colne....It was quite clear, however, that the speeds achieved by the trimaran on all points of sailing in what was comparatively light wind conditions were, by normal standards, unusually high.'
There's quite a bit of that kind of stuff...I guess it rates as copyright material so I don't think I can just copy and post the whole thing on here for you, but I'd happily send you a copy by regular email.
Another side light on Cox Marine is that sailor, writer and salesman, D H
Clarke ( 'Trimaran Development' and 'The Multihull Primer') was involved with them and responsible for getting the firm to sell Pivers in the UK, beginning with Nimbles. He didn't stay at Cox for very many years and i have no idea if he had any involvement with the Cox 32. From the review I have, your boat sounds a good one.

Good sailing, Steve
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Old 26-11-2009, 14:44   #8
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Cox Trimaran Review

Steve,
Thanks much for responding with infomation regarding my trimaran. Sending me a copy of 'Yachts and Yachting' review of a Cox 32 would be an incredible find. I was surprised to find the review to be reprinted in 1970. My boat is supposedly a 1980.
Please contact me at catsailor1@bellsouth.net
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Old 26-11-2009, 16:35   #9
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Hi, Bruce,
Review article sent.
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Old 09-12-2009, 22:21   #10
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This could be a Cox Marine Tri of a Bill Symonds of Long Island, NY design. Cox Marine pretty much went out of business by the mid 90's and dissolved in 2002. They were the first to "factory" build Tri's from the Piver design starting in 1961. A salesman for the Cox Brothers car dealership was a sailing enthusiast and met Piver when he landed in England on his first Atlantic crossing and through him Piver was introduced to the Cox Brothers who thought it was a good idea to start a boat company. Cox used several designers through the years. Here are some links below for info, not much there but some direction for its origin.
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The International Telstar Owners Association • View topic - The History of Trimarans, PCI, Telstar and Tony Smith

Arthur Piver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 31-05-2010, 10:56   #11
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Hi Bruce,
Having come across this (rather old!) thread whilst browsing, I can confirm your boat is indeed designed by John A Bennett, who happens to be my father! If you want any further information, I'm sure he'd be delighted to answer any questions.
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Re: Identify This Boat: 1980 Cox Marine Trimaran

catsailor1, I know you posted this a while ago but I was recently looking to see if any of these Cox Marine Trimarans still existed. I basically grew up on one of these boats. My father bought a 1970 33' Cox Marine Trimaran in 1971 from Bill Symonds, who at the time was located in Amityville Long Island, NY. The boat was exactly as yours above just without the graphics and captain chairs on the rear. Our boat had a tiller and an inboard "Universal" gas engine with a straight shaft through hull drive. It also had a propane gas stove and an ice box (which my father had converted and installed a condenser for freezer/refrigeration). The boat slept 6 adults (berth port and starboard and a V-berth up front) and my father had an inverter installed and 110v outlets put throughout the interior. Throughout the 70's and into the early 80's we would spend our entire summers on the boat leaving sometime in June after school let out and returning in early August. We'd sail from our home on the south shore of Long Island (on the bay in Bellmore, NY) and proceed out of Jones inlet and sail east to our first stop, "Watch Hill" Fire Island. After a few days we'd move on to the Hamptons, "Nicks Marina" located right off the Shinnicock Inlet. We'd spend some time there because the fishing was exceptional! Yes, my father was also an avid fisherman. We'd mount fighting chairs on each of the pontoons and troll with the sail. . .he even had outriggers on the boat!! LOL Believe it or not, we spent a good deal of time during the 70's shark fishing off of Shinnicock. From the Hamptons we sail to Montauk, spend time there and then go to Block Island, RI fishing the entire route. We'd make the same trek back home. These were probably the best times of my young life at the time. Unfortunately my father passed in 1983 when I was 22yrs. old. A year later, in 1984 we sold the boat and I haven't seen anything of it or found anything on the internet about it. I think we had the only Cox Tri in New York. . .possibly the whole east coast. In all our travels we never saw another one. I hope your experiences are as memorable as mine, and thanks for posting. Brought back some great memories. At almost 50, I now live in Las Vegas but get my ocean fix at my timeshare in the Florida Keys, Marathon. Be well, safe sailing. Chuck Khoury
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