I like Marple's designs as well. I like the center cockpit
because it puts you where all the sail control for the mainsail
is. I love his aft cabin used for cooking
and dining. Are you thinking of building her yourself?
thing it is. Back in the mid 90's when I was up to my neck in child support and survival I bought the plans from Ian Farrier for either a F31 or F9a trimaran
. I had sailed F27 and F31 before and loved the design and practicality of these boats. Appealed to my racer
mentality, simply load 'em on a trailer and plunked them in where you wanted to cruise
next, and the cost wasn't too bad. The years wore on. Then I bought 3 houses that were really pretty old and in pretty rough shape. I taught myself from scratch how to do dry walling, carpentry, electrical
, and minor plumbing
. Got pretty decent at it. What did those skills set teach me? I am slow. I am too detail oriented. I am indecisive at times. I am too spontaneous at times. But what it taught me really is that for me to build that boat would take all of my time, energy, and money
for 5 years...at least 5 years.
There are some very nice used boats that are really reasonably priced for cats and trimarans. Some are Marples CC, Jim Browns Searunners, Wharram
good size cats, Nice cats that are not your French Size heavys...
I always wanted to do it..build one, ya know, but the window of opportunity ...I never opened that window. So, I will buy someone else's hard labor and enjoy my window of remaining time sailing.