A Low Cost Trailerable Trimaran
The F-22 is a brand new design that is being developed in New Zealand by Farrier Marine (NZ) Ltd, who will be building both F-22 and F-32 kit components, and then complete boats. The low cost 'Down Under' building environment will help keep costs low, while all parts can be shipped economically anywhere in the world.
A low cost entry level trailerable trimaran was first thought about in the late nineties, with details of the initial concept boat being published in 2001, but other projects such as the F-32/F-33 already in process had priority, which delayed development for some time. However, the F-22 was always intended to be a completely new breakthrough boat, and such boats do take considerable thought and time to develop well. The 'Hall of Fame' F-27 initial concept drawings were originally done in 1978, but it took another 7 years before it became a reality. The F-22 is taking just as long, with the first launchings in 2008, but it will be worth waiting for.
Folding trimarans are more complex craft and difficult to build at low cost, particularly when combined with the desired low weight. Corsair's 24/Sprint currently sells for over $50,000, which is a considerable amount for most to purchase a small entry level small trimaran. Other trailerables are available for around $30,000, but can often be no more than two or three very narrow fiberglass hulls, with little or no room, all tied together with a couple of basic aluminum or fiberglass beams.
Value is hard to find with many such boats, and the quality or configuration frequently does not justify the expense to buy, or the time required to build. In some cases it is surprising that they can cost so much when one gets so little. The F-22™is intended to solve this problem, as a brand new entry level design, and intended to be a light weight, roomy, low cost trailerable trimaran, which is available initially in plan or kit boat form, and then as a full production sail-away boat.