Farrier F32A - looking for Plans

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Michael78, Apr 26, 2023.

  1. Michael78
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    Michael78 New Member

    Hello,
    I am looking for complete building Plans for a Farrier F32A.
    It must be the narrow A Version, not the larger X.
    Please send massage to: lavisto@dnet.it
    Best regards
    Michael
     
  2. waterbear
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    waterbear Senior Member

    Just out of curiosity: of all multihulls, why choose the Farrier F32A?
     
  3. John Perry
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    Easy question - if you would like to build yourself a folding trimaran of that size that is road trailable and you dont want to draw your own plans I dont think you have a choice. The nearest alternative might be the Scarab32, which seems to be a near copy of the F32 but is not road trailable without a wide load permit.
     
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  4. guzzis3
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    The avalon 9 is trailable at 8' and can be built in foam or ply. Ray Kendrick's plans are excellent!

    Stretching it would be trivial.
     
  5. waterbear
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    Sure, but I don't really get the point of a boat like that. The design is compromised for trailering, but few people are going to actually trailer a 32ft trimaran. Once they realize what a pain it is, they're going to get a mooring/slip. If you're going to buy new/used I think this type of boat makes sense because what are the alternatives? But if building from scratch why not just be realistic and choose a design that will be used as intended?
     
  6. guzzis3
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    The scarab 32 is too wide to trailer in Queensland and I think much of Australia. Some claim you can get a wide load permit but I asked the authority here and was told straight up you can only pull a wide load with a heavy vehicle. Oversize in Qld is 2.9m.

    There is however 1 tremendous advantage to it's folding beams. It will fit a single berth in a marina. This isn't just a lot cheaper but you have a better chance of finding a spot when cruising.

    It also have a decent payload, a problem with a lot of tris.

    The Avalon 9 folds to 8' and you could stretch it to 9.9 if you really wanted to...

    Yep a lot of folding trimarans end up on hardstands but different people have different needs.
     
  7. powerabout
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    The bonus was Farrier made the beams for you so I dont think there was ever any plans for them?
    The whole Farrier setup was for home build. Unfortunately he tried going into production of complete boats.
     
  8. waterbear
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    waterbear Senior Member

    OP lives in italy

    No corsair/farrier owners here fold their amas in the marinas, they just pay extra for a wider berth. Why? I don't know. But if no one does it then it's probably not reasonable.

    Again, perfectly reasonable to buy this type of boat new or second hand. But doing all the extra work to make three round bilge hulls and a complex folding mechanism, only to find out later that you're not really going to trailer the boat seems like a pointless exercise.
     
  9. guzzis3
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    If you bought the plans you had the option of building your own beams. Extra plan sheets available in request.

    The F22 was a viable business. He had people lined up to buy them. IF was involved in starting Corsair who still build boats. He had made a living designing and building his trimarans for decades and was second only to Wharram in terms of numbers sold.
     
  10. John Perry
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    Some Farrier trimarans are kept folded in marinas but fouling of the float topsides is an issue and the lateral stability of a fully folded Farrier in a big gale is a bit questionable. On the other hand, Dragonfly trimarans are often kept folded in marinas being more stable when folded. For some marina berths folding just one float of a Farrier may be an option, that is reckoned to give good stability.

    If you want a 30+foot folding trimaran for its road trailing possibility then the Farrier system is best since the Dragonfly system lengthens the boat to beyond trailing limits for most countries when folded and the folded width is also too much. On the other hand, if you want this type of boat so that you can use normal width marina berths then the Dragonfly system provides good folded stabilty, keeps the topsides clean and it is a faster folding process. They claim the Dragonfly can be folded in a couple of minutes, (I have seen it done) the Farrier probably takes more like half an hour, maybe less with practice - 6 bolts, un-fastening a short length of trampoline in four places plus inserting and locking four pins.
     
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  11. Michael78
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    Hello, I had two FarrierĀ“s, an F22R with which I did some amazing trips, but it was too small for my wife and me (..no toilet..). After that I had an F32R, my absolute dream boat, it was incredible fast but unfortunately poorly built. Now I found a shipyard that would build me a F32A-R, so I'm looking for plans..

    It is true that such a large boat cannot be trailered all the time. But it allows for a change of territory, winter storage in a dry marina, finding a place in a busy marina during vacations and ultimately the resale value is higher.

    When it comes to boats, there are three ideals of which you can have a maximum of two: speed, comfort and a low price - I think Ian Farrier has found a very good compromise there!
    So, I am still loking for Plans! Only the F32A (2,5mt wide)
     
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    The viable busines that went broke as they couldnt get a boat out the door for a profit let alone even tell you when you would get it.
    Yes lots lined up and lots of deposits paid.
    It was a nice design.

    PS you do know he was pushed out of Corsair twice, I wasnt there but everyone tells me it was all about production issues. Nobody was surprised he went under trying to be in a production business by himself, all a sad story but thats it.
     
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