Corsairs Dash 750 was a nominee for the European Boat of the Year, and we have just received our first one in Singapore. The Dash compliments a Sprint and a 28RS that are already in Changi Sailing Club. There is some interest from some in the keelboat fleet simply because, “you can go fast, still drink beer and you won’t fall over!”
We had a nice little sail with Phil and Zam from Corsair on Thursday just after ‘opening the box’ and yesterday she went in the CSC Twilight race with Chris Longdon the owner of singapore’s first Corsair – the Sprint. Although the Twilight winds were light the Dash performed extremely well. We knew the Dash was a good performer but in the sub 5 knots of breeze, the Dash was beyond even our expectations.
Right out of the box, things are perfectly well set up. The mast is pre-tuned with a nice amount of prebend. Very nice! The Kevlar Racing Sails that we order match the rig settings very well, I was expecting to have to do some tuning, but no it was all right on. This reflects the amount of work that must have gone on behind the scenes to dial all the equipment. Phil’s eye-on-mast-rake, was also spot on as the helm is neutral with positive feedback through the tiller depending upon what headsails you have working.
Pretty much anyone who has seen the Dash is really surprised that you can have so much usable space in such a small boat. We like the way the interior is in “modules” depending upon what you happen to be doing i.e. cooking, sleep or eating. We opted to have a proper marine head installed over the standard Porta-Potty and that is a big surprise for everyone.
The hull shape reflects the modern thinking of falt sections to promote lift. High volume ama’s allow the Dash to be pressed harder. But just like other high performance platforms, it makes a big difference to performance to keep your crew weight ideally placed. For us yesterday that means crew weight forward/leeward so that you keep the nose in the water and reduce wetted surface area by lifting the aft ‘planning pads’ out of the water. The forward trampoline nets are ideal in this situation. Not only do they get the crew weight in the right place but they feel like a most comfortable lounging area.
In the Twilight breeze yesterday, the Dash was pulling 6-8 knots up wind that was lesser than that. That to us is a good measure of performance as our conditions are very changeable, especially at this time of year. One can easily imagine hitting 2o knots as they say it will!
Of course we’re setting the boat up to head to the Malaysian island of Tioman. That will be a great 100 nm shakedown…