1996 Corsair 31R

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1996 Corsair 31R


The Corsair 31R is intended for the experienced sailor who wants the ultimate performance boat, but one that still retains a roomy interior along with quick and easy set up. In addition to its lighter weight and simplified rig, this model sports a modern carbon fiber rotating mast for top sailing efficiency. The CORSAIR 31R is potentially one of the fastest trailerable yachts in the world, with a top speed of over 25 knots.

This Corsair 31 "R" model is both a racer and a cruiser with a strong leaning more as a cruiser. She is blazing quick, capable of reaching speeds over 20 knots. She has been modified with sails and custom features that tame the high wind conditions found on San Francisco Bay. She has an aft cockpit that can comfortably accommodate you and your crew. The interior is large. There is a forepeak berth area with a head compartment. The main salon has a galley on the starboard side. There is a sink, Walus oil stove and cabin heater, and fresh water system. There are two long bench seats that could be used for berths or they can be converter to a huge double. But, the interior is nicely custom finished but purposely-kept simple to save weight.

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For more information about this boat call Richard Allen at 180 Marine any time including weekends and evenings.

Cell 303.669.6210
Email richard@180marine.com

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Sailing Characteristics

What most surprises first-time Corsair 31sailors is the speed, steadiness and smoothness of this boat. The helm is light and responsive at all speeds, even up to 25 knots. The boat tacks quickly and smartly and has excellent pointing ability, equal to or better than most racing monohulls. Unlike conventional sailboats, however, the CORSAIR 31 does it all with minimal heeling. A daggerboard provides efficient windward performance. This is retractable and, along with the kick up rudder, enables the CORSAIR 31 to moor in very shallow water or even be beached. Few conventional cruisers of this size can reach so many out-of-the-way places!

Seaworthy and Safe

The fiberglass hulls and decks are of sandwich construction with rigid PVC foam cores and high-quality laminating glass fabrics. Interior moldings further reinforce the hull and distribute loads throughout the structure. The cross beams connecting the main and float hulls have extensive uni-directional carbon fiber reinforcement to ensure strength without compromise. The overall result is an exceptionally lightweight and robust structure especially noted for its impact resistance and excellent insulation and flotation properties, as well as the single most important safety feature ... absolute unsinkability! The Corsair 31's combination of light weight, broad beam and high-volume floats provides incredible stability that enables you and your family to sail comfortably fast with a great feeling of security and safety. Though not designed for the purpose, it gives one confidence to know that Corsair 31s have crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific, once even single-handedly!


Both models have ample accommodations for five. Other than the different berth arrangements, the Aft-cockpit and Aft-cabin model interiors are similar and include 6' 2" (1.88 M) standing headroom, a large double V-berth forward, an enclosed head, and a galley area with a two-burner stove, sink and a large molded counter top. Large storage compartments in each float augment the plentiful stowage in the cabins. Upholstery fabrics come in over 70 striking and vibrant colors, patterns and textures. Tastefully applied wood trim adds just the right touch of warmth to the functional and efficient design.

Cockpit and Deck

The cockpit comfortably seats six adults, though this is seldom necessary as the broad decks and nets give the crew many other comfortable places to spread out and relax. The forward hull shape effectively deflects spray away from the cockpit, although it can get wet and exhilarating at 25 knots! Winches, halyards and sheets, and the controls for the daggerboard, rudder and outboard motor can all be operated from the cockpit. A transom swim step provides easy access on and off.

Trailering Ease

Though ocean-capable, the Corsair 31 is still light and small enough for towing by the family sport-utility vehicle or light truck. Folded, it can be trailed almost anywhere at 55 mph (90 kph) with ease and economy. When you reach your destination it takes only 30 minutes for two people to rig and launch. Once afloat, you can motor the Corsair 31 while it's folded. The recommended 9.9 hp 4-stroke outboard provides plenty of power and maneuverability. Unfolding is easy and takes one person almost no time at all. These features are key to unlimited sailing possibilities with the maxi-trailerable Corsair 31 trimaran!

Notable Milestones

  • 1992 Corsair 31 voted Australian Boat of the Year.
  • 1992 Corsair 31 Ostac-Triumph wins Australian Multihull Offshore Championship series, including one run of 24 hours and 29 minutes in the 308 nautical mile Brisbane to Gladstone ocean race.
  • 1996 Sale Gosse becomes first Corsair 31 to cross Atlantic, then goes on to take first in class during Heineken Cup regatta at Saint Maartens.
  • 1996 Corsair 31 Hanoman is first to finish on elapsed time and sets new course record in 100 mile Cape Flattery race during Swiftsure International Yacht Race.
  • 1996 Corsair 31 Bad Boy completes first Pacific crossing winning first in class during Single-handed Transpac.


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