My wife and I have a 1996 F31 AC and like several in our fleet enjoy 1 -4 week trips in the San Juan Islands
and beyond. A bit bigger to trailer and raise the mast than the 28 but I do both alone sometimes.
My Opinions: The F31 head
is much larger than the F28 CC (center cockpit/aft cabin) "telephone booth" which I have used before, The F31 UC has even a bigger forward head but IMHO it is wasted space. The galley
of the F31 is in a better, more out of the way, place as well Also the F31 has full head room through out if you're under 6' 1". I first wanted an aft cabin version but couldn't find one. I thought the aft cabin could be our garage for folding bikes, inflatable
dink, paddle board & kite gear
. Instead we now use the vee berth for the bikes and the huge under cockpit
area for the deflated inflatable
and paddle board. I think our AC version (aft cockpit) has a longer cabin. The result is that the pull out berth is huge and we love it. The pull out is so easy, especially since we always cruise
with sleeping bags so we don't need to make up a bed
and blankets. We had an old truck camper and i hated the effort and time to set it up for the kids
. The Farrier/Corsair pull out berth is fast and easy, as fast as you can pull out a drawer in your kitchen cabinets. Both the V berth and aft cabin are too small for 2 adults to sleep comfortably and I don't think the aft cabin in either the 28 or 31 has the large pull out berth. A couple of our fleet members have put water makers and furnaces in their 31s.
You should visit the Yahoo Fboat and Fboats. Lots of info there. I think the 31 is the best. However if you won't trailer often the F36 or C37 would probably be twice as big. Beware of the older Corsair
36 as there are some reported problems. Big old thread on that in Sailing Anarchy. There are several active multihull
fleets around the US. Check em out if you're nearby. Ours is Northwest Multihull Association.
SFO has BAMA Bay Area Multihull Association and there is at least one back east as well.
One of our fleet members trailered their F31 to the Bahamas
and spent 3 months cruising. Check their blog
: Scroll down to the beginning. You will see that they enjoyed cruising so much that they are selling their 31 and have bought an Outremer
42 in Tahiti
. If you want a well outfitted F31AC I would buy theirs. Ask Steve Marsh at The Finishline in Stuart Florida
about it. I wish it was closer as I'd be tempted to trade
up to it.