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Performance Cruising, Inc Telstar 28
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Description: The Telstar 28 is a folding trailerable cruising-oriented sport trimaran sailboat with a unique mast-raising system.

The boat's specifications are:

LOA 27' 6"
Beam 18' / 8' 6" open / folded
Draft 5' 3" / 15" centerboard down / centerboard up
Mast height 35' 6" / 37' 6" standard mast / tall rig version
Sleeps five as designed.

Mainsail 242 sq. ft.
150% Genoa 274 sq. ft.
Screacher sail 397 sq. ft.

Unlike the Corsair trimarans, the Telstar is focussed on cruising, and comes with a full galley, with optional refrigeration, and a full head, with holding tank and sink. The Telstar also has 6' of standing headroom throughout most of the cabin.

The ama folding system allows the Telstar 28 to be stored in a normal marina single width slip, since it is only 8' 6" wide when the amas are retracted, but do not make the boat any longer when retracted, as the amas tuck under the main hull. The amas use a tool-free locking mechanism and can be deployed at anchor/mooring or while underway in under two minutes.

The centerboard and rudder both kick up and the rudder works to steer the boat in both the up and down positions. The tiller is designed to steer the outboard motor when under power, giving the Telstar exceptional maneuverability under power.

The outboard motor mounting system is designed to allow the motor to hoist completely clear of the water, giving the Telstar good light air performance, while also allowing the boat to have good performance under power, even in heavy weather conditions.

The mast raising system is unique and allows the mast to be lowered or raised by a single person in under 15 minutes using a single mast-raising control line, led to a genoa sheet winch. The boat can be on the trailer or on the water when raising or lowering the mast as the system does not depend on the trailer winch, unlike the Corsair mast raising system. The system can be stopped at any point between fully up or down. It can also be reversed at any point in the process with no trouble.
Keywords: Telstar 28 trimaran sailboat folding sport cruiser mast raising system trailerable
Telstar 28
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Registered: March 2006
Location: New England


Registered: February 2008
Review Date: Sun January 3, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: folding design allows use of a regular size slip, trailerable behind an SUV, mast can be raised lowered singlehanded, better performance than most under 40 foot monohulls, manouverable and shoal draft, useable accomodations,
Cons: built to a price, shoddy workmanship, outboard mount drags in water even when in raised position, hard to move around on when amas folded. lots of snags for lines due to mast raising apparatus

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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