To further clarify my 'obsession' with Horstman trimarans...Once I decided on a tri I looked at many styles and came to the conclusion that Norm's keel
was counter to the idea of shallow draft
and I was also uncomfortable using the pods for fuel
as some do. I like Ed's dagger boards
as they can be adjusted and raised, keeping draft
good for 'thin water'. Horstmans are unique among cruising tris in that one can stroll fore and aft without crawling through a mast
bulkhead. No other tri I know of allows this nicety. Also, each space is only one or two steps up or down from the next (except for ama access from the outside decks which other boats do not even have).
TriStars are derided for looking like a floating Sherman tank but even that is part of Ed's well thought out design. His flat deck
is easy to walk around and is stronger than those with step ups which add weight and are potential leakers. Ed 'bowed' to customer pressure sometime in the 80's to raise his bows (earlier models were more dipped). I always thought this was an error because the earlier boats let air slip across smoothly.
The fine entry of the bows in the water
quickly fattens out so as the bow pushes down at speed or in heavy seas, there is ever increasing buoyancy to counter. No wave piercing bows here! Admittedly, these are cruising tris. I always say they are slow for a tri...but fast for a boat...