F22 Tri­maran

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This pocket-sized fold­ing tri­maran was the swan song de­sign for renowned mul­ti­hull pi­o­neer Ian Far­rier, who worked at re­fin­ing its de­tails right up un­til his un­timely death at age 70 in De­cem­ber 2017. Far­rier played a lead­ing role in pop­u­lar­iz­ing and per­fect­ing the con­cept of trail­er­a­ble cruiser-racer tri­marans start­ing in the 1970s and was al­ways work­ing to im­prove his boats. Built by Far­rier Marine, the com­pany Far­rier formed af­ter split­ting with his first break­through firm, Cor­sair (and which was re­cently ac­quired by U.S.-based Daedalus Com­pos­ites), the Far­rier 22 is avail­able in both stan­dard and rac­ing ver­sions and packs a lot of fea­tures into a small pack­age. In­te­rior space is max­i­mized by a slightly off­set cen­ter­board trunk that is neatly in­cor­po­rated into the in­te­rior fur­ni­ture (a slightly more in­tru­sive dag­ger­board is op­tional) and a fur­ther re­fine­ment of Far­rier’s patented ama fold­ing sys­tem, which al­lows the boat to re­tain max­i­mum ama beam strength with­out bring­ing any of the beam’s struc­tural sup­port into the in­te­rior. The amas and their fold­ing struts are also car­ried higher than be­fore when de­ployed, which re­duces fly­ing spray and in­creases per­for­mance un­der sail. The boat can be or­dered with an alu­minum or car­bon mast (both ver­sions are ro­tat­ing), and Far­rier’s unique boom­less main­sail furl­ing rig sim­pli­fies sail­han­dling while sac­ri­fic­ing noth­ing in terms of sail­ing ef­fi­ciency. Be­yond that, what most impressed our judges was the boat’s very cruis­able in­te­rior. Gal­ley mod­ules to ei­ther side of the com­pan­ion­way in­clude a small sink and a two-burner Origo stove and stow neatly away for sail­ing, while a pop-top over the com­pan­ion­way pro­vides stand­ing head­room. Bet­ter still, the boat’s small chem­i­cal toi­let can be used away from prying eyes, thanks to a very clever fold­ing bulk­head and roll-up screen. Bot­tom line: with a to­tal of four berths, this boat, which can be rigged and launched sin­gle­handed in about half an hour, can serve as a very ver­sa­tile cruis­ing plat­form for cou­ples with or with­out young chil­dren, even as the boat’s screecher set on an op­tional bowsprit sends you blast­ing across the bay. f-boat.com; daedalusy­achts.com

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