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History of Farrier Trimarans till F-27


1970: Designer Ian Farrier sails his 30' trimaran single-handed up the coast of New Zealand encountering several mid-winter' roaring forties' storms. These were valuable experience in the multihulls behavior in bad weather offshore.

1970: Sails from New Zealand to Tonga on a 38' monohull. Storm and general sailing experience on this trip convinces designer (initially a monohull sailor) that properly designed and engineered multihulls are the craft of the future.

1973: Invents new trimaran folding system and applies for patent

1974: The original Trailertri Prototype built and launched by designer in Australia.

1975: Farrier Folding System™ patent granted

1976: The first Trailertri 18 built by designer

1977: The first Trailertri 680 built by designer

1980: The first production fiberglass Farrier trimaran (the TRAMP) developed and launched. Judged Australian Boat of the Year in 1981.

1983: Trailertri 720 introduced

March, 1984: Ian Farrier moves to the U.S. to set-up Corsair Marine, while vice president, to develop and build his F-27 trimaran design.

May, 1985: The prototype production F-27 SUPER FOX launched.

July, 1985: Ian Farrier sails SUPER FOX to a new race record in her first official event - The Two Man Around Catalina Race. The F-27 trimaran took line honors by 4 hours, and won on handicap, from a fleet of mostly bigger boats, including a maxi (65') ULDB monohull. Starting last, the F-27 overhauled the entire monohull fleet on the first 30 mile windward leg in very choppy 20 to 25 knot conditions.

July, 1986: SUPER FOX demonstrates the F-27's great versatility by again winning the Two Man Around Catalina Race, but this time in very light conditions. It gave such boats as a McGregor 65, S & S 51, Frers 46, and C & C 42, 15 minutes start, yet still caught and passed them all. The F-27 was the only boat fast enough to finish within the time limit.

June, 1987: The first ocean crossing by an F-27. Mark Robson's KILLER FROG sails in the Trans Pac Race from Long Beach to Hawaii. Averages just on 8 knots for a quick 12 day passage, including one 250 mile day. It should be noted that while it is nice to know that the F-27 is capable of such long ocean crossings in experienced hands, it still remains a small trailerable yacht and is not recommended or intended for this purpose.

July, 1988: The second ocean crossing, this time across the Atlantic. Adrian Went's F-27 OLIJFE makes an impressive passage of 23 days from Cape Cod to Bishop Rock, England and then on up through the English Channel to Holland.

April 1989: The F-27 CORSAIR wins the multihull division of the Newport - Ensenada Race, the first time a production trimaran has done this.

May 1990: The F-27 recognized by the Nippon Ocean Racing Club as an official class - the first trimaran to be so recognized.

July, 1990: Two more F-27s cross the Pacific to Hawaii, one singlehanded, one doublehanded.

April, 1990: The F-27 AQUATEC easily wins the Australian Multihull Offshore Championships, a series of 7 races. AQUATEC is the first trailerable multihull to do this.

August 1990: F-27s are the first multihulls invited to compete in the Audi National Offshore One Design Regatta, (N.O.O.D) organized by SAILING WORLD and held at Newport, Rhode Island.

March, 1991: Having established Corsair Marine, its productions systems, and reputation, with 100 F-27s being produced every year, but with growing concerns about company directions, Ian Farrier resigns from Corsair Marine. New management takes over at Corsair, and is licensed to build F-24.

June, 1991: Dr. Werner Stolz and Roswitha Schadt's F-27 becomes the second F-27 to cross the Atlantic.

September, 1991: With Corsair Marine's owner John Walton and new management trying to redesign F-24 and also design their own larger trimaran, Ian Farrier disassociates to concentrate on his latest design, the F-9A, which is launched in Australia. This is then developed into the production F-31 via the licensed Australian builder OSTAC.

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