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Corsair F-31
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Description: Corsair F-31
Keywords: Corsair F-31
 


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Review Date: Fri November 28, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A maxi-trailerable trimaran, high performance cruiser with high tech construction, exceptional strength and stability.
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Review Date: Thu September 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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These are supposed to be owners' reviews. I do not own an F-31, however, I did charter one for three days, I will try my best here to give it an unbiased review. First, it really is FAST. We hit 18+ knots on a beam reach in 15-20 winds. With only jib & main. Its responsive handling stays neutral at all times; there is never any "feel" to the short tiller. The speed rises and falls rapidly with gusts, puffs, lulls and minor changes in course. Its slow cruise of 7-11 knots would be the envy of most sailboats. It "hums" above 13 knots. It points to windward quite well and tacks easily with a little aid from backwinding the jib. Downwind is its slow point of sail - a spinnaker would help. It is fast under power too. With a 9.9 - 4 stroke it cruised at 7 knots and could probably do 11+ at full power. Maneuvering in harbor is easier than it looks - turning the outboard helps. Landing at a dock or pier is easy by standing on the ama with a line in hand. Amas are easy to fold, but doing so greatly decreases stability when both are folded. Under sail it is always stable and has a nice ride. It does heel some- but not a lot. The tramps are a fun, comfy place to hang out or sleep, and store the dinghy - even while sailing. The dinghy is easy to launch and retrieve over the low amas too.

Good thing the tramps are comfy; the cabin certainly isn't. Two is a crowd. The one we chartered is an aft cabin version. That aft cabin is accessed only from crawling through a hatch in the cockpit - and only has room for 1.7 people. Vee berth is similarly small and the settee in the main "saloon" is uncomfortable to sit on and nearly impossible to sleep on. There is no room to pass someone inside unless one ducks into the small head or sits down on the settee. The galley makes a decent stand up chart table and minimal kitchen. There is no icebox, cooler under the companion way only place to keep stuff cold. By contrast, my Macgregor 26 has a spacious cabin. Storage is mostly little spaces here & there. The amas do hold a fair amount of stuff.

The cockpit will seat four okay. But, it is hard to steer and see from a seat. Most of the time we sat on top of the aft cabin to steer. The traveller prevents the tiller from rising - you cannot stand comfortably and steer. An autopilot would work great; with low loads and little corrections needed to hold a course. A swim ladder is needed to get back aboard unless you are athletic.

The roller furling full batten main needs two crew to attend to it as this boat was set up with sail slugs -they come out of the mast ala dinghy. While quality hardware abounds, however, some design and construction details are lacking - most have inexpensive remedies though. The F-31 is exhilarating and easy to sail, but except for a two person crew or pair of small couples, is really a daysailor not a cruiser - leastwise not when its raining!

For technical specs. go to www.corsairmarine.com


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