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Old 21-10-2016, 04:52   #16
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Also thanks paxfish for that Marple listing, she is beautiful. I narrowly missed out on buying Marc Johnson's sea clipper when it was up for sale and will always regret it! Unfortunately, can't buy this year, but soon...

On the subject of trimarans and expensive dragonflies, what are people's thoughts on demountable tris? Impossible to set up in water, specialised trailers required, etc.?

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On the subject of trimarans and expensive dragonflies, what are people's thoughts on demountable tris? Impossible to set up in water, specialised trailers required, etc.?
The fboats are the most numerous and for good reasons. There are a lots of sellers and buyers. They hold their value well. Realistically they will be the fastest boat in the harbor. Ian offers good internet support and the Corsair dealers are usually helpful as well. Several internet groups also offer help. Ian's design to fold in the amas is still the gold standard; it works, is fast, easy, and safe. If the boat is kept in the water they can be folded in and stored in a narrow slip. The large number of fboats means there are also a lot of trailers for them as well.

Boats this size are basically camper cruising. The C27/C28 are probably the smallest to realistically have berths below you can sleep in with any degree of comfort. It is probably a lot more comfortable to set up something in the cockpit or tramps with a tent for weather protection.

Problem with the DF is there are so few and they tend to be expensive. On the up side they are really nice and better cruisers than the fboats. The DF trailers are more specialized than the fboat trailers and tend to be more complex and expensive. I have seen DFs on sorta official trailers that don't tilt the way the official ones do and get the wheels wet; they are cheaper.

As I posted earlier if you have the money an fboat is the way to go. If you are looking for a deal you may be able to find one in a knockoff but it also may not have been maintained well.
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Thanks, Tom! Definitely going to try to get on a Corsair and give it a try. Realistically, I'm probably still a year or two away from buying a new boat (sell the old one, settle on a new one, etc.), so should have some time for test sails

Corsair also now has the Cruze 970, though I didn't see it alongside the Pulse at the Annapolis show, and it's unlikely there will be a tremendous stock of them on the used market anytime soon!
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