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Old 23-01-2012, 13:12   #16
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Old 25-01-2012, 17:11   #17
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This is another plug for the F-31 but in my case the aft cockpit model is preferable having a more usable cabin for cruising, a more useable V berth and a more functional head. Access to the outboard is direct as is a tillerpilot. Dave
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Old 25-01-2012, 17:27   #18
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Re: Trailerable Trimarans

I owned a Telstar 26 for a while. I loved it in protected waters, but felt it was not suitable for even Bahamas trips. Three foot waves caused so much under deck slamming that it was nearly impossible to make any progress to windward. I sold it after one Bahamas cruise.
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Cat2fold.com

additional info for you to consider.
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Old 26-01-2012, 18:19   #20
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This is another plug for the F-31 but in my case the aft cockpit model is preferable having a more usable cabin for cruising, a more useable V berth and a more functional head. Access to the outboard is direct as is a tillerpilot. Dave
Dave, can you tell me the length of the v-berth in the F-31 aft cockpit, my husband is 6'2.

Thanks for all the great info, it is amazing what a huge community of trimarans enthusiast there is.

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Ocean girl ( aka erika, aka Helga ) is a monohull girl, if she were seen checking out the multis! Well, her fenders might get slashed just kidding. But I DID get quite a beating when I sold my pacific seacraft 25 and bought a 40ft trawler, you'd of thought I sold my soul. I redeemed myself when I bought a cape dory 30. Sigh, sailors, we are a funny lot.
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Old 26-01-2012, 19:31   #21
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Minimalist=Wharram...tiki 30 comes to mind.
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Old 27-01-2012, 04:42   #22
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Re: Trailerable Trimarans

Corsair 31 uc is a lot of wasted space for a head/shower.

Most cruisable in my opinion is the 31 center cockpit. Lived on one for 3 years.

Ps mine is for sale :-)
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Minimalist=Wharram...tiki 30 comes to mind.
oops--trimaran it ain't!
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Re: Trailerable Trimarans

Been a Dragonfly owner for 10 years. If trailerable vacation cruising is your agenda you can't beat the Farrier/Corsair boats. I chose Dragonfly boats because they're more fully and richly finished, and folding/trailering isn't something I want to do (got that out of my system when I was younger).

Trimarans (if kept light) are the ultimate sailing experience. Go for it. (Edit: You will also find the total cost of ownership is lower on tris than with other boats, because they hold their value better on resale -- so don't let the higher initial price put you off. They're really cheaper in the end).

PS - When budgeting don't forget that you'll need a jumbo-sized SUV or pickup to pull a boat of that size/windage.
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PS - When budgeting don't forget that you'll need a jumbo-sized SUV or pickup to pull a boat of that size/windage.

FWIW, I'm towing my F-27 with a long wheelbase F250 DIESEL pickup. Truck gets around 12 highway with the boat in tow, 17 without. Not too bad mileage, if you ask me.
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Old 27-01-2012, 07:39   #26
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Re: Trailerable Trimarans

Thanks SailFastTri, we love the dragonfly but not a lot of those around here in the states. The F-31 seems to be the one we are zeroing in on, though we like the contour too.

Nautical62, I love the Telstar but was also concerned about the pounding of the sidewalks.

The only drawback to the f boats seem to be the amas waterline change while in folded position, but we plan on anchoring out 90% of the time so it may be ok for us.

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Old 27-01-2012, 08:16   #27
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Re: Trailerable Trimarans

I'm just throwing this out there although it doesn't fit your criteria. The Contour 50 is capable of being dismantled and it all fits on one semi trailer. Yes it's alot more money and you need a lift to do this but it is a liveabord and a blue water boat. I always thought this aspect was kinda cool especially for a big tri.
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The only drawback to the f boats seem to be the amas waterline change while in folded position
If I take your meaning, you refer to the necessity to fold if going into a single-width dock?

You'll lose lateral stability, but I don't believe the boat pitches more fore and aft. You can motor about in folded mode, but it's not something you want to do for any distance.

Please elaborate as to your concern? BTW, Ian Farrier's pages contain a wealth of information
Trimaran and Catamaran Designs By Farrier Marine, Inc.
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Re: Trailerable Trimarans

Speculating, is it a concern regarding marine growth on the amas when folded? If so, many use white bottom paint.

I encourage you to get onboard a boat, get a feel for size, etc. There's an amazing difference between a F27/8 and a F31, and then a similar difference yet again to the Contour 34. That 1 meter difference is quite striking. Really makes for quite different boats, both sailing and at anchor. Very different qualities in each.
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Re: Trailerable Trimarans

The old MacGregor 36 cat is trailerable. And super fast. And way below your budget.
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