This was one of those nice ‘projects’. Sailing out of a top secret location somewhere near Pattaya (but more on that in another post). Can you imagine, a new F28R trimaran tied up to the dock in your back yard, cast off, trundle down the waterway and your in the Gulf of Thailand! NICE!
On the day in question, the breeze turned a little light but it was a great test of the light air performance of the F28R of which 252 have been produced. Testing in light airs is good because if a boats going to bog down it’ll be in light air. I’m happy to say the 28R did impress with a good turn of performance and a light feel on the helm with a nice feel on the helm, perfectly balanced.
Putting the Screecher up improved the light air performance to very nice levels with above wind speed boat speed! The 28R has a nice little cabin with a small galley to port, a vee berth forward and another bunk to starboard. The pop-top creates standing room while you’re preparing meals at anchor.
All round the boat is very comfortable, sails really well and sprouts a huge spinnaker for added zest downwind. All the systems are well thought out – a product of time with Corsair! Corsair came to fame more than 20 years ago with the original F27 which has been a sales success around the world. The 28R builds on the success of the 27 but adds a bigger rig, double spreader mast, ditches the aft cabin from the 27 and has a much bigger working cockpit.
It’s a really nice machine and towards the end of the ‘test’ we did get a bit of breeze and enough to get the boat speed into the teens. The 28R commonly hits 16 – 18 knots and goes over 20 knots in the right breeze.
We’re looking forward to returning to ‘test’ the 28R again. The next time will be more wind since the Monsoon seems to be settling in. But also, from Pattaya the south eastern islands of Thaialnd are easily accessible in a day aboard a fast boat like the F28R and that we are really looking forward to… stay tuned, more details soon.