Sailor Bill Atherholt shares the following with us about his F25 trimaran. His blog contains many photos of it and can be seen here: http://www.trigazelle.com
Bill appears to have a small cruising tri that could possibly make many multihullers a little envious. (Seriously, I’d love to take a short sailing cruise with him on this boat ;-)
Many thanks to him for sharing it with us here.
I have enjoyed your website immensely on many occasions over the past year, as I researched and followed various projects relating to trimarans. Having been an avid multi-hull fan for decades and owned several larger multihulls. I was always envious of the community around folding trimarans specifically the Farrier designs.
So I decided to find an F27 or similar boat in need of TLC and a new owner. In the fall of 2015 I located and subsequently purchased a home built F25A trimaran. The boat was built using cedar strip planking, not carbon, and launched in Tacoma Washington in 1996 or so under the name GAZELLE.
If you have a moment please take a look at http://www.trigazelle.com to see the photo albums documenting her original condition, which was rough, the rebuild and finally our maiden expedition from Vancouver, BC to Southern Baja this past spring.
it was a 9 month labor of love but I’m pleased that the boat looks good enough to be new, and the design by Farrier stands the test of time.
Crossbeams were 100% OK; they were the only part purchased from Farrier and not “homebuilt,” which was required at that time I believe. So the only work I did to them was painting and seadek nonskid application. Knowing that they were manufactured made me feel much more confident in the structure at +/- 21 years old and counting.
The most difficult part was definitely removing the carpet “monkey fur” off of the interior surfaces (old contact cement sucks) and then prepping it for new headliner. A close second for me was refairing the ama surfaces that were not perfect enough to take a polyurethane paint without showing strip planking ridges or a print through look. Many days were spent applying hi build undercoating and sanding before I was happy the surface was close enough.
She sails as well as any boat I’ve ever sailed on. Responsive and fast without any bad manners that I have seen yet, Farrier is a genius in my book. We don’t push it above 12-13 kts because it is set up as a cruising Trimaran after all not a full on race boat. I’m told that getting this model to reach 18-20 kts is doable with the right crew and conditions, but we’re a bit more conservative. In fact it’s the light air performance that has really impressed us, we love sailing while everyone else is motoring.
I love the dinghy-like feel of the helm and its ease of acceleration in a puff; the boat feels ready to surf along with any swell action at a moments notice.
Our greatest sailing day on Gazelle has to be back in mid-March in the Baja when we left an anchorage at sunrise to faint breezes from astern and rolled out the screecher coasting downwind in 1-4kts of wind with the autopilot driving. For hours we glided silently along watching Gray whales blowing within 50 meters of the boat. That sail will be etched in my sailing memories forever.
As an FYI my previous trimaran was TROIKA a Crowther Buccaneer 35 (stretched 33) and the liveaboard cat was a Tek-35 by John Shuttleworth, which was home for 2 years as we circumnavigated the Caribbean. See it here: http://www.billatherholt.com
One quick note, when it comes to multihulls smaller is definitely better! Less hassle, more sailing is my mantra now.
All the best,