Reality check time.
The Corsair/Farrier breakup has been a topic that has divided folks for quite some time and the same issues keep coming up.
Both the C31 and the C36 have had structural failures that Farrier claimed resulted from design/build errors. Farrier said the C31 was built differently than his design specified, and of course he had only minimal involvement in the C36.
One sore point has always been that while Farrier is often viewed as the public face of small folding trimarans getting the credit for successes and blame for failures Corsair has always declined (or refused depending on your point of view) to identify who was responsible for the C36/C37 design or the completion of the C31. This is in sharp contrast to well established design houses like S&S or C&C
who have always identified at least the lead designers on their boats.
It also rubs some folks the wrong way when they are told you can not criticize the Corsair designers because they are unknown when Corsair refuses to identify them, kinda like a Catch-22.
I also think there are some false impressions about Corsair. Boats like the F24, F27, and F28 far and away make up the bulk of Fboats number wise and these are basically Farrier designed boats. On the other hand there seem to have been 15 or so C36 tris built over the years, not what you would call a large number. This low number of C36s makes the two breakups look even worse. While total numbers are hard to come by the C31 structural issues have also been well documented.
So when I see someone respond to my posts like this:
You say this
Originally Posted by tomfl
the team at Corsair is really not in his class.
The Corsair 36 was designed by peeps unknown to me,
I dont get how you can slam people without knowing who they are
I have to respond by pointing out Corsair's successes were based on Farrier designs and he had oversight over the building. Once he disagreed with Corsair over the building and design changes Corsairs were not up to the same level of quality.
THE REASON I SLAM PEOPLE WITHOUT KNOWING THEIR NAMES IS BECAUSE CORSAIR REFUSES TO IDENTIFY THESE PEOPLE IN THE FACE OF SEVERAL REQUESTS THAT THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGN FAILURES BE IDENTIFIED.
I would also point out that Ian might well change his direction and bash Corsair less and instead come up with new designs. But the interest in the F22 seems to indicate that he has come up with another winner. On the other hand Corsair does not seem to have had any winners since Farrier left. Certainly the C36/C37 can not be considered a great success given the numbers built, not to mention structural issues.
I do give props to the Corsair dealer network, and have to mention Steve and Finish Line as an example. The Finish Line mod to the F24 rudder
deserves special mention.
One other issue, not related to Corsair or Farrier, is the problem with getting Fboats (or any multihull
for that matter) surveyed. Many times a surveyor
who is capable of looking at a monohull
simply does not have any experience with multihulls and is unable to assess its condition.