If you are looking to go the f-boat route
I would double your budget
and look for an f9 or f31. I know people live on boats smaller, but for me the killer is standing headroom
, which the 27 does not really provide (I know the f27 poptop attempts this) .
Some of the tips that follow are specific to longterm cruising on f-boats and are my opinion and view, but might give you some insight and help:
Sun protection, critical to have a good bimini
that you can use while sailing.
Skip pressurized water
- it ads a level of complexity and consumption
that is out of whack with a light and simple trimaran
Invest in good weather
gear - the exposure to the elements is higher on a small tri (closer to water
, apparent wind), and this will result in impaired judgment because you get tired faster.
- you got to get one that will fit on the nets/wings, because you can't tow it, and davits
put weight where you don't want it.
Typically the power on a small tri is provided by an outboard
, so that means you are limited in your electrical
power generation - so plan for an investment in solar
or a small generator
(or both) if your electrical
needs are anything more than minimal ie. interior
lights and basic nav instruments.
- find a propane
stove that you can move around, if the conditions are right it is nice to get outside to cook, which helps with the heat in the cabin
Distance per day - no matter what your boats potential speed you are limited by your ability to sail the boat to it's potential or even close for 24 hours a day. This is where the monohull
slow and steady wins the race
comes into play. I have not found an autopilot
that will sail a small trimaran
close to it's potential, and I have found that typically you can helm
for about an hour before you need a break. The reality is that you will average about 10 to 20% more distance than a similar sized/canvassed mono. To achieve the crazy mileage you need a decent sized crew, which does not fit into your plans I guess.
Reefing rig the boat so that it is simple to do, and require one person. Reef based on the wind
speed of the gusts. Always reef at sundown.
when looking at the performance characteristics of a small multihull
, you come to realize how important good sails
are. Expect to pay double to triple the price
you would pay for a similar size monohull
. If you are not willing to pay the price
, you are better off with a monohull.
Weight we are not extreme enough to cut the handles off our toothbrushes, but honestly a small tri needs to be kept light, from both a safety
perspective, and performance perspective. From the safety
angle, imagine the boat being a cork. In order for it to handle weather the best, you need to keep the boat light as possible.
Spares when you consider the impact of weight on a small trimaran, you realize that you have to be very frugal on the amount of spare gear
you can carry. This flys in the face of prudent seamanship. Therefore it is critical to make sure that all your gear
is in topnotch condition, which increases the cost of ownership
Sleeping at sea on a small tri at speed the noise
down bellow is crazy. Picture being in a washing
machine on spincycle. In the v-berth you will actually be launched of the bed
at times, and the daggerboard will be banging with a ruckus that wakes the dead. Another reason to reef for night, and slow the boat down.
at high speeds if someone falls off, it can take time to get back to them. We always wear life jackets the risk is to high.
Grounding eventually you will run aground. Be aware that at the speeds a small trimaran can achieve this can be a catastrophic event, and while the shallow draft
is nice you have to be double careful.
all the time, and go shallow. We joke that we walk our anchor
vs dive our anchor
I am sure I or others have additional details, but that is all I could come up with this morning.
We love our f31, and think it is a the best boat for us at the moment. We have learned to live with its limitations, and appreciate its features but based on the price you mention, I honestly think that you will meet your needs better with a monohull. I do not mean to dissuade you from your dream, just want to share my experience.