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Last Review Posted Telstar 28
The Telstar has many virtues and a few faults. most of the faults relate to the workmanship at the factory. Poor quality fibreglass work and numerous unfiniished edges means you are likely to have some fibreglass issues as the boat ages. Still, there are no other trailerable boats that can match the performance and comforts of the Telstar. You really can spend a few weeks on board with , comfortable bunks and a useable head. Its not a bluewater boat, but an unmatched gunkholer with a 15 inch draft. It would be cramped cruising with more than two people as there is not much locker or foot space, but there is 6 foot of headroom and the cabin is bright. However with only two on board, the berth under the cockpit can be used as a large stowage area and you could comfortably spend a rainy day below curled up with a good book. I have towed my Telstar on a trailer for many miles without incident. I would recommend a sizeable SUV with a V8 or diesel engine if you plan to do a lot of towing. The boat/trailer combo weighs north of 5000 pounds once your gear is on board. There are no compromises with sailing performance unlike most trailerable sailboats. I have sailed in strong winds and steep waves (quickly) in complete confidence. The Telstar is a dry boat in heavy weather unlike many more sporting trimarans (ie Corsairs). Due to its light displacement (no keel) it doesn"t enjoy beating to windward against big waves as it doesn't carry much momentum; a charcteristic shared with most multi hulls. If you want something trailerable that really sails and you want to visit remote sailing grounds (upwind at 60 miles per hour on the trailer) then gunkhole for a week or two, the Telstar is well worth a look. Just be aware these boats are built to a price and you aren't getting Hinckley quality. The fibreglass layup work is really quite poor on my boat and I had blisters the first year from uneven application of resin(blisters fortunately haven't come back). Its advertised that Telstars can sail and motor at 15 knots. Personally I have never seen more than 11 knots on mine (either sail or power), but thats much faster than a similar sized monohull so I am not complaining. I regularly pass monohulls up to 45 feet (35 feet if they are club racers). All in all I am very happy with my Telstar, I can easily sail it singlehanded and I keep it at a yacht club that doesn't allow multihulls (space reasons) but made an exception for me once I showed them the folding mechanism. I am the only multihull in the club and don't regret my choice.

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