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BOAT REVIEW

Corsair 28 Trimaran By Kathryn Garlick

Specifications LOA: 28’ 5” (8.66 m) LWL: 26’ 3” (8.0 m) Beam: 19’ 9” (6.1 m). Beam folded: 8’ 2-1/2” (2.5 m) Draft (hull only): 1’ 2” (0.36 m). Draft (daggerboard down): 4’ 11” (1.5 m) Mast length: 38’ 4” (11.58 m) Weight (empty): 2,690 lbs (1,220.2 kg) Hull construction: Fiberglass with PVC foam core Auxiliary: 8 hp O/B (2-stroke or 4-stroke) Sail area: Mainsail 321 sq. ft. (29.83 sq. m.); Jib 175 sq. ft. (16.26 sq. m.); Screacher 358 sq. ft. (33.26 sq. m.); Asymmetrical spinnaker 780 sq. ft. (72.46 sq. m.)

Photos courtesy Farrier Marine (of a newer model than reviewed here)

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complete stranger approached me in the Fall of 2006— while I was scouting out the Sarasota Sailing Squadron—and asked if I was still racing Hobies. He said he knew me from a major racing event I had won several years earlier, and he felt that I really needed to come and check out his boat! Curious, I followed him out to the parking lot where he had his boat parked on a trailer. It was a very odd-looking thing, all tightly folded up. Pictures of a chrysalis waiting to emerge as a butterfly came to my mind

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as I viewed this strange vessel. He proceeded to sing the praises of his boat telling me how fast it would go, how it didn’t heel much and was exceptionally stable, how easy it was to sail, how well balanced and responsive the helm was and how much fun it was to sail! He said he knew that I would like it because I was a beach cat sailor and this boat sailed so much like a beach cat. I was truly interested and listened intently as he went on. Apparently, there was a race coming up at the Sarasota Yacht Club, and he asked if my

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