Cor­sair 760R

Speed to burn—and the num­bers be damned! By Adam Cort

SAIL - - Under Sail -

We’d only been out on Mi­ami’s Bis­cayne Bay aboard the Cor­sair 760R a few min­utes when Cor­sair Marine mar­ket­ing man­ager Shane Grover and I be­gan be­moan­ing the fact nei­ther of us had a GPS with which to de­ter­mine our boat­speed. Mo­ments later, though, we both came to the same con­clu­sion: who the hell cares?

At the time we were rip­ping our way back and forth un­der jib and full main in about 14 knots of breeze, and the boat was cookin’. Shane was sit­ting in the cock­pit, and I was well out­board on the wind­ward ama, steer­ing with the help of the tiller ex­ten­sion. Spray was shoot­ing up through the tramp, and we were leav­ing an im­pres­sive rooster tail astern as we chewed up the dis­tance be­tween our­selves and the buoys mark­ing the ap­proach to the Rick­en­backer Cause­way bridge.

Alas, in th­ese days of Big Data, when any­thing and ev­ery­thing some­how needs to be quan­ti­fied if it’s to have mean­ing, it can be easy to for­get what life is re­ally all about, even when you’re out sail­ing on a fast-as-hell tri­maran. So again, I say, who the hell cares? What re­ally mat­ters is that the new Cor­sair 760R is an ab­so­lute gas to sail.

This is all the more so be­cause sail­ing fast aboard the 760R couldn’t be eas­ier. An evo­lu­tion of the com­pany’s 760 and 760 “Sport,” the Cor­sair 760R (“R” for rac­ing, of course) in­cludes such go-fast fea­tures as a tall ro­tat­ing alu­minum wing mast (car­bon is an op­tion) with high-mod­u­lus shrouds and a hull in which the cuddy has been min­i­mized and the cock­pit en­larged in the in­ter­est of pro­vid­ing room for boathandling and re­duc­ing weight. Like the 760 and 760 Sport, the 760R also fea­tures longer, more buoy­ant, wave-pierc­ing amas than the Dash 750, from which all three boats were de­rived. Th­ese im­proved amas, in turn, pro­mote sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity when the boat is hard-pressed.

Even in the puffs, I never felt for a mo­ment that we were in dan­ger of spin­ning out or bury­ing the lee­ward bow. The helm was, of course, quite sen­si­tive at speed, but the boat also felt like it was sail­ing on rails. There was lit­tle for me to do but en­joy the ride and spec­u­late on how cool we must look from ashore.

Com­ing about was sim­plic­ity it­self, and rais­ing and low­er­ing the main also couldn’t have been eas­ier, thanks to the boat’s roller-boom and a set of Spin­lock XAS rope clutches on the mast. Sadly, we didn’t have an A-sail aboard to take ad­van­tage of the boat’s car­bon-fiber sprit. Maybe next time...

The Cor­sair 760R’s hulls and deck are all vac­uum-bagged with a PVC foam core, and the cross­beams are resin-in­fused with car­bon­fiber re­in­force­ments in high-stress ar­eas, like the rud­ders and rud­der cases. A re­tractable dag­ger­board makes it pos­si­ble to sail as close to the wind as any mono­hull, and the rud­der blade is re­tractable. Deck hard­ware is pre­dom­i­nantly Harken—in­clud­ing winches and a main­sheet track span­ning the width of the cock­pit—and the amas were equipped with a soft anti-skid with an eye to­ward se­cu­rity when mov­ing around.

Fi­nally, like the rest of the Cor­sair tri­maran line, the 760R fea­tures the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary fold­ing ama sys­tem, which al­lows you to eas­ily de­ploy and re­tract them by hand when trai­ler­ing or ap­proach­ing or leav­ing the dock. It re­ally is in­cred­i­ble how easy it all is, mak­ing this great lit­tle 24-footer as sim­ple to get on and off the launch ramp as it is fun to sail. s

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