I bought my first trimaran recently. A very beautifully built 45'4" Horstman tristar. I read on a lot of forums
how many don't like the look of a Horstman, and how they're more like "room-a-rans". That's fine by me. Keeps the prices below market for a given boat of comparable size in volume.
My Horstman Tristar has a 20+ yr solid cruising track record
and built by a very intelligent man who just thought of just of everything needed for extended cruising
. That was important to me because I wanted a boat that had been put to the test. I spent 6 years looking for the right trimaran. I found many and flew all over the world to view them but one requirement was a tri with a foam core
and those are hard to find so I could never really find the right one. This one is foam sandwich and includes an extended pilot house hard top over the wings, which almost no Horstmans have. That translates to dry (and flat) sailing no matter the conditions, and also allows for 8 solar panels
(mounted to the hardtop roof) and two wind
generators (mounted to the adjacent hard top aluminum
framing) for total energy autonomy.
The only thing I added was a bow thruster but that was only because my boat slip is a super tight fit and any prevailing wind
makes the exercise of getting docked too risky.