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INTRODUCTION

Dean Snow's F-9R towing a waterskier! The skier was even pulled up by sail power
alone and a video of this is available from the Video Page (link above)

Multihulls are now one of the fastest growing segments of the sailboat market. They have circumnavigated the globe at record speeds, and are rapidly becoming the family cruising boat of choice as more is learned about their many other advantages. These include level sailing, unmatched stability, deck space, unsinkability, shallow draft, comfort, and just the sheer fun of sailing a fast and responsive cruising boat.

Farrier trimaran and catamaran designs combine all of these advantages, to be the perfect sport cruisers. They are a unique and practical combination of easily handled fun cruisers for families, and exciting performance for racers.

After a lifetime of monohulls, and running businesses making and selling small
monohulls, I feel like my life has just begun. I've sold those businesses,
sold off all my own monohulls, and having a ball learning, learning, learning.

Peter Johnstone, F-31R, Portsmouth Rhode Island, USA.

Dennis Neumann's F-9A and Jay Spalding's F-25C Racing in New England

The unique Farrier Folding System™ also provides 'take-it-anywhere' trailerability, and the ability to use any marina dock. It has forever eliminated the old problem of what to do with a super wide trimaram

Folding can be done just about anywhere, even while motoring in a chop.

An Interesting Quote:

"The reader may think that it is quite a jump from sea anchors to sailing machines, but I can assure
you that they both can be equally salty. Nevertheless laying overnight to some sort of drogue is the exact
opposite from making quick passages, and I must say I prefer the latter. To me the pleasure of sailing is
almost in direct proportion to the speed, and wallowing around in some potbellied abortion, heeled over
and straining under a lapping jib or some other rule cheating windbag, seems quite ridiculous.

Some yachtsmen seem to think the sole object of sailing is to beat a brother yachtsman, and have adopted
certain rules of measurement that insure the wealthy to be the winners. They sail around courses perhaps
at a rate of five miles an hour, and if they have won they consider themselves great sailors. But the general
public, and particularly the sailor, is getting sick of that game. He sees no sense in trying to force several
thousand dollars worth of lead through the water with several thousand dollars worth of rule cheating sails
handled by a big crew. The sailor wants to sail, and says to hell with the wealthy, bridge playing sea lawyers
who win their races traveling at a rate slower than their ancestors.

This reaction can be seen all over the world in the recent interest in catamarans, proas, etc., which supports
my opinion that some sort of sailing machine can be developed which besides being fast, can be safe, strong
and seaworthy. I must confess that I get much greater thrill out of sailing fast than winning a race, and care
very little for the luffing, backwinding and crowding at the marks. That sort of business may be all right for sea
lawyers and sadists who want to hurt someone else, whose only thrill in racing is to spoil the other fellow's
chances or rule him out on a technicality. But the true sailor is a pretty good natured cuss and says to hell with
all that folderol. He says, "I want to see which boat will sail the fastest." The principal thing he wants to beat is
the record around the course or the record between ports, and when he beats some long standing record, he
says, "There now, that is sailing."
L. Francis Herreshoff

Farrier multihulls are now well proven, having evolved from over 30 years of constant development, hands on building, and sailing. With well over 3000 production and home built versions currently sailing world wide, performance and reliability has been demonstrated beyond doubt.

The basic design philosophy has always been to provide safe, roomy, well engineered multihull cruisers with performance provided by design efficiency and good engineering, not at the expense of accommodation, structure, or safety.

All designs are thus light to medium displacement multihulls, with conservative rigs, while scantlings and safety factors are on the rugged side, for strong, durable, and safe boats. They are also unsinkable, due to construction materials, and NO LEAD or other heavy metals being present.

INTERIORS

The roomy interiors have been designed with the cruising sailor in mind, and with heel rarely exceeding 12 degrees, all facilities can be easily used while underway - stoves not even needing gimbals.

On deck, there's a huge amount of deck space, and this combined with low heel angles make Farrier multihulls one of the safest boats afloat for children. The comfortable wing or bow nets make an ideal spot to relax and sunbathe while the water zips by below.

The F-41 catamaran, and taking it easy,
photo by Mike Hunter, Boating New Zealand

A more spacious and level deck area that's simply safer than on any other sailboat

EASY TRAILERING

With no heavy keel needed, Farrier trimarans sit low on the trailer and are light and easy to tow. This will allow you to discover and explore many previously out of reach cruising grounds, or race in exotic venues far from home. Trailering offers significant savings in slip fees and maintenance that can even cover most of the ownership costs.

F-25A being prepared for rigging

Rigging and launching can all be done single-handed in around 30 minutes or just 15 minutes with two - no difficult assembly or heavy lifting is required.

F-27 having mast raised

Launching is always done folded, using no more space than a conventional boat. Stability afloat is excellent and the floats are normally extended while motoring away.

Marina docking while folded is as easy as any other craft, and the minor problem with long term docking of growth on the folded float sides has now been eliminated by new 'HydroHoist' or dock liner systems. However, the high expense and maintenance involved with keeping a boat in the water can be avoided by the ease of trailering.

EASY AND FUN TO SAIL

Took my first sail last weekend in my new (used) 1990 F-27 "Serafin". My crew consisted of my
wife and 9 month old son. Needless to say I did not have a lot of help. Awesome boat!!! It sets up
and launches easier than my Tornado cat, is nearly as quick and handles like a fast dingy and the
family was dry and comfortable the whole time. Truly a magnificent craft, Ian has really covered
all the bases. After 35 years of sailing I feel like a kid again!!!
Steve, Kim, Zachary and Sandy Schulz, F-27 Serafin, S. California, USA

All Farrier multihulls are designed as easily handled, roomy and safe family cruisers, that are fun to sail. They also just happen to be fast, which comes as a no cost extra. It's even possible to tow a waterskier under sail on some models!

Actually these boats sail back wards really well. We were on a charity race with a couple of
mono cruisers, we would get ahead and turn back to meet them when my step son asked if the
boat would sail backwards - so I pushed out the main, backwinded the genoa and had him steer
and we passed the mono cruisers going backwards. Not much wind but it was fun
Rod Tharp, F-9A and now building F-32AX, Olympia, WA, USA

The 'ease of performance' is most notable, this being the option to go fast effortlessly, while still maintaining comfort and a feeling of security for the crew. Cruising range is greatly increased making many previously out of reach anchorages a reality.

Glenn Harris's F-82 sailing in Australia

High averages can be effortlessly maintained, and this was well demonstrated by two F-27s averaging an incredible 17.9 and 18.2 knots for the 44 mile course in the 1993 Miami - Key Largo race, while blitzing the fleet. Not everyone wants to go this fast, but it is easier to slow a fast boat down, for ultra-safe effortless cruising, than trying to make a slow boat go fast.

Helm is always light and responsive at any speed, while tacking is dinghy-like. Even continuous 360 degree turns are possible with trimarans, helm hard over, without touching the sails.

Pete Pattullo's F-33R foredeck area, with crew Martin Brown of Tulsa, OK.

The lack of sailing vices makes any Farrier multihull very suitable for shorthanded sailing with just one or two. There is never a need for a large crew just to keep things upright and under control. They are thus a great practical cruising boat for the family, perfect for the idyllic sail, with a visit to that distant secluded beach for lunch, and trailerables can be safely back on the trailer before nightfall, all with minimal effort.

An F-25A cruising in Australia's Whitsunday Islands

MORE COMMENTS BY OWNERS

I love the F -boats because of the family atmosphere that they create. Its just real easy to go fast, be comfortable, and have a great time. What convinced me to buy one initially was when I crewed for Don Wigston in Pensacola. I was sitting on the leeward bow net under the jib, eating a sandwich and calling tactics..... I thought to myself.... this CAN'T BE SAILBOAT RACING.... I'M TOO COMFORTABLE.
I
took my older brother and his wife with me to the Abaccos last year on my F-31. ( He is an avid mono sailor). I told him on the way over ( as we were motoring into the wind, and current) that we would be going 20 knots, and he would be steering, and drinking a coke.. Lo and behold, at Green Turtle Key race, on the first reach, there we were,the 3 of us, with the screacher up, going 21 knots passing all those leaners about to broach.... He ordered his F- 31 on the way home.
Doug Harkrider, F-31R, Georgia, USA

I own a Farrier designed Tramp and she is the best boat I have ever owned. We had her out Wednesday night on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. The wind was a sustained 15 knots gusting to 25 and she was flying under control. I hooked my two nephews on sailing for life that night. They were stinkpotters. I have owned a Stilletto 27, a Cal 40, a Cal 25, a Southcoast 23, a Hobie 16, a Hobie 14, a Rhodes 22, a Sunfish, three canoes, a 17' kayak and a 14' pirogue. The Tramp is the best boat I have ever sailed.
Hugh Penn, New Orleans, USA

I find the F-9A to have everything you could ever want for coastal cruising. She is not just a weekender, but spends many days chewing up the miles to our North and South. Its the first cruising boat I have sailed that regularly gets to her destination ahead of our planned arrival.
Brad Lawson, F-9A Trillium, Maine, USA

Once again I am blown away by the fact that concerns of owners are answered promptly by the designer on the F-boat forum. Thank you again Ian (and for the joy I get from my F-27). This must be a unique situation
Barry M. Salter, F-27 #221, Silver Bear, New Hampshire, USA

There's no better in the industry - thanks a million
Barry and Sandi Warburton, F-27 #96 Little Wing, Texas. USA

Hank Brooks' F-31 at Rolfe Cove, San Juan Islands

and cruising in Princess Louisa Inlet, Canada. Building your
own boat can take a while, but the results can be worth it.

Further owner comments/stories are in the Reports section of the Background page

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