Farrier F-9A Trailerable, fast coastal cruiser/racer

AU $90,000 Negotiable Finance
30' 10" - 9.40m
Family, Cruising, Racing
Vessel Location
Cygnet TAS Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material
Composite Western Red Cedar/vinyester composite

Reluctant sale, lots of sailing to do and plans for further improvements, but can't do it all

Brilliant, easily sailed trimaran, loves wind. Proven, well built and well maintained, coastal cruiser/racer in excellent condition. Farrier's famous folding system trimaran, folds in minutes to a road legal width, or for parking in a marina berth, or trailerable with registered road trailer in excellent, roadworthy condition. Trailer has undergone major refit with extensive structural repairs and new AL-KO iQ7 pneumatic brake booster, new seals and calipers. Boat, rig and trailerully comprehensively insured with Youi.
For an excellent, short and comprehensive video on these boats, and dedicated to the remarkable Ian Farrier, search you tube for:
"RIP Ian Farrier: the visionary designer of these trimarans".

Fantastic coastal cruiser, fast, safe, stable and reliable. Amazingly easy to sail, most of my sailing is done singlehanded and she is beautifully predictable, balanced and loves wind. This, of course, is an objective and unbiased consideration. Most of the time that we race we are up against leaners, aka monohulls, and all the hot boats have crews of at least 5 and sometimes 8 or 9, commonly known as rail meat, and the more wind, the more rail meat you need. Fleetwing is less competitive against the slippery Etchells and others when the wind is under 15 knots, but once the wind pipes up, its good bye to all but the most expensive of the learners. We mostly race with a skipper and a crew, if its windy or spinnaker time a crew of 3 is ideal. No need for rail meat.

In 2020, at the Port Cygnet Sailing Club Regatta, we broke the record for the Cygnet
(Beaupre Point) to Kettering Race by 40 minutes, at its top the wind was 35 knots and we were barreling through waves at 20+ knots. The finish line was not set by the time we arrived there. She truly loves wind.

She is best suited to cruising single-handedly or two up. Being a light boat she does not have a lot of storage or room, and it gets pretty cramped with four adults living on her for more than a couple of days. Load carrying is much less than an equivalent sized mono. Having said that some people have circumnavigated the globe on these boats. Fantastic day sailer for up to 8 people.

She has been really well maintained and is in excellent condition. Fantastic value, recently valued (Hewson 2018) at $110 -120,000, with many significant improvements since. Certainly a new Farrier of comparable size (F 32/33) will cost around $300,000. Even a new F22, which is significantly smaller, will cost $120,000 depending on level of fitout. All this of course if you are able to purchase one. Production has only just begun after covid and the impact of Ian Farrer's unfortunate and untimely passing.

Built as the plug boat for Ostac Marine F 31 production series in Brisbane in 1991 under the supervision of Ian Farrier. Well built of western red cedar strips and glass and vinylester. Amas are foam and vinylester and beams more complex with foam, carbon and kevlar. Ostac built beams had the proven Farrier fix in 2010, now bulletproof after the troublesome Ostac seams were removed and glassed over. Beam compression pads also re-inforced with Farrier's hardwood compression blocks added. Build proven by recent thorough maintenance work which involved removing all bottom paint to gelcoat as well as repainting topsides, no deficits evident. Coppercoat antifouling applied December 2017. This means that cleaning the hulls can be done at no cost, see photo "Mowing the lawn". Coppercoat is copper powder in epoxy, so no pollution when the hulls are scrubbed, other than slime. I do this at least every two months and it is just a matter of wiping the underwater surfaces with a good pot scrubber, takes 30 minutes here in Tas in winter (requires a wetsuit), but in summer its a pleasant "mowing the lawn" experience, has to be done regularly. Most importantly it does not cost anything.

3 owners since build. Current owner for last 15 years, sailed extensively in southern Tasmania, after crossing Bass Strait in very quick time. Has undergone extensive renovations over the last 4 years and is arguably in as good a condition as ever she was. New paint, tramps, mainsail, outboard, Coppercoat antifouling, all stainless structural bolts replaced, new cushions and mattresses inside. New dyneema square top main a couple of years ago and a new Yamaha 9.9 four stroke just before that. Tiller outboard linkage added at that time. Daggerboard cheek block replaced. Aft cabin ventilation hatches replaced. New aluminium tramp supports re-engineered and built after the old ones failed after 30 years, stronger mast sections used this time, and improved F-32 type supports for the mast section. Looks great with the new tramps themselves, which are a much better fit than the old ones, expertly built by Russell at Storm Bay sails who built the dyneema mainsail as well.

Comes with registered trailer with electric/pneumatic/hydraulic brakes and winch. Trailer had major recondition with main beams replaced, all rust cut out and new steel inserted by excellent tradesman. New bearings, electrics, Al-CO iQ7 pneumatic brake booster, calipers and bearings. Trailer is registered, safe and roadworthy, and in as new condition.

Achilles 11 foot dinghy included. This is old but very serviceable.

She is the first multihull in Australia to have been approved as being suitable as a sailtrainer by Australian Sailing, MAST and AMSA, and was planned to be operating as a sailtrainer for Port Cygnet Sailing Club, as well as conducting Discover Sailing Experiences. Ongoing problems with getting insurance for this unique category (not commercial or recreational) has prevented this enterprises from taking off. This is a major reason for her sale now, as she was supposed to help pay her way in my retirement. She does have comprehensive insurance with Youi as a recreational boat.

Para-tech anchor (12' diameter) and 100 metres of nylon octoplait rode to cope with those tricky times at sea - this is an optional extra, not included in price at present.

New dyneema cap shrouds and forestay added early 2020, together with dyneema soft shackles on all foresails on the boat (with the exception of the storm jib, which has had larger brass hanks put on that can be operated with one hand). This was completed early Feb 2021 and daggerboard also removed for some cosmetic work. All rigging now good to at least 2027. All mast sheaves re-bushed and greased. All running rigging checked or replaced. All of this work was done by beaching the boat outside our house in Kangaroo Bay, dropping the mast and with the assistance of some neighbours and fellow sailors we carted the mast up the hill to our place where the mast work was completed. Outboard serviced at the same time, with new impeller and thermostat. All sails (with the exception of the spinnaker) taken to Russell Streckfuss at Storm Bay sails and serviced.

A great opportunity to get a quality, well built and well maintained boat at a fraction of the new boat price. Check out the F 32 webpage to see how much a new one will cost.

Recent two week cruise up and down the east coast of Tasmania was single handed for the first week, then my old co-partner joined me for the cruise up to St Helens and returning on a great nor'easter back to Kangaroo Bay, Cygnet. And I have the boat with me here for more sailing adventures. You can see a blog of the trip at https://chat. Whatsapp. Com/Dbd6uzWeyId0eAthxuJgNC (needs an edit to operate).

New AIS (Icom) with dedicated VHF Aerial.

We now have added our comfortable little "Hut' here in Abels Bay to Airbnb. Anyone who wants to sail the boat is welcome to stay just across the road from her, 10 minutes away from sailing, and anyone who buys her at the asking price can have a maximum of two nights of their accommodation costs refunded. The hut can be seen at: https://www. Airbnb. Com/h/abelsbayhut (you will need to edit the address).

AU $90,000 Negotiable    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Launch Year
30' 10" - 9.40m
23 feet unfolded, 8 1/2 feet folded on reg trailer
400 mm with daggerboard & kick up rudder raised, 1.5 metres with board down
1750 kg
Vessel Location
Cygnet Tas
None available
Rego Expiry
Ian Farrier
Ostac Marine, Brisbane, Australia
Hull Material
Composite Western Red Cedar/vinyester composite
Decks Material
Strip planked WRC and vinylester. All through hull & deck fittings epoxy cored, countersunk and butylmasticked
9.9 hp fourstroke longshaft with saildrive, Yamaha morse controls in cockpit in excellent condition. Tiller to outboard link provided to enable outboard steering at low speed. Outboard fully serviced Feb 2021, pump rotor and thermostat replaced.
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Unleaded petrol
Engine Hours
Fuel Consumption
1 l/hr
Max Speed
7 knots under power
Cruise Speed
6 knots
25 litres
150 litres in internal tank low in main hull.
Achilles in serviceble condition
Canvas over foam seat covers in cockpit. All internal mattresses re-covered last year, cockpit seats have been re-canvassed.
Large comfortable double berth in aft cabin, 2 berths in main cabin, double vee berth in forward cabin, rarely used. All mattresses and covers replaced 2020.
Aft cabin, accessed through large hatch aft of cockpit, saloon/galley and vee berth forward. New seat and mattress covers throughout. Interior lining is exposed cedar & glass. The mouse-fur that was there was removed in 2018. While not ultra-chic it is warm, rustic and serviceable and you can see if there is any rot or damage.
Theoretically 6, realistically provides comfortable accommodation for 2 on extended trips
Portable solar shower
Porta potti, new 2020
JBL Flip 4 bluetooth soundbox
Simple, stainless steel sink, with hand water pump. Origo 2000 methylated spirts 2 burner stove
Origo 2000 methylated spirts 2 burner stove
Hot Water
Ground Tackle
20 lb Delta 25 m new chain (5/25m split for cruising or racing), 40 m rope, with 25 lb Danforth as spare also with its own chain and rope
Para tech para-anchor (12' diam), deployment bag, 100 m nylon 14mm nylon octoplait with swivels, chain and buoys
Safety Gear
Epirb, solas life jackets x 6, VHF radio, coastal flares, CO monitor, 2 x 1kg ABE dry powder fire extinguishers, 12' para-tech anchor and 100m 14mm octoplait nylon rode and 5/8" stainless steel swivels
Bilge Pumps
Automatic Rule auto bilge pumps in each rear ama buoyancy chamber
Life Raft
GME MT600 1612466926 CLASS 2 Exp 2027
Life Jackets
6 Solas, 3 inflatable
Current coastal set
Fire Protection
2 x 1Kg ABE dry powder
1 110AH AGM house battery, 1 flooded lead acid 35 AH motor battery, both fused, 40 W solar panel, Rediarc solar regulator. Outboard charges batteries as well while running.
Electronics / Navigation
ST 1000 autopilot with S100 remote, Plastimo 130mm compass, Autohelm bi-data depth/log, autohelm wind, wind & log not currently functioning. Icom AIS new 2022, Lowrance Hook 5 fishfinder/GPS.
Sail Inventory
Near new dyneema square top fully battened main excellent condition, headsails all hanked on; almost new dacron genoa, serviceable spare dacron genoa, working jib in very good condition, spare working jib in reasonable condition, storm jib in very good condition, nylon asymmetric spinnaker in serviceable condition, blown laminate screecher with furler and torque rope and fittings. Original pinhead main serviceable, original jib and genoa all bagged and serviceable. Working sails fitted with dyneema soft shackles Feb 2021.
Mast / Rigging
Aluminium mast & boom serviced and checked Feb 2021, minimal maintenance required at that time. Bowsprit and ama stays replaced as well as stainless inner stays and diamonds 11/2017. Cap shrouds and forestay replaced with 10 mm dyneema, wichard rings Feb 2021. Topping lift and lazy jacks all controlled from aft boom end, once again easier for single handed sailing.
Deck Gear
Jammers with all lines leading to cockpit, 2 x Lewmar 43 2 speed spinnaker winches mounted on cockpit coaming, 2 x Barient 22-39 2 speed winches mounted on cabin top, Barient 21 - 33 halyard winch on cabin top. New 6:1/24/1 Ronstan mainsheet system. New 4:1 traveller system. Easy for singlehanded sailing.
Fleetwing is a true joy to sail, and is in excellent condition, recent survey by Richard Hewson (Jan 2018) available on as a pdf attachment above. Reconditioned, registered, roadworthy trailer in very good condition. The Port Cygnet Sailing Club has a new boat gallery page and you can see more details on Fleetwing there. It is under the "About" section.
For any potential interstate buyers, contact the seller, as we now have completed renovated our little cottage here at Abels Bay and have a comfortable self-contained unit available for a reduced charge for any successful buyer at the nominated price. Check it our on Airbnb "the Hut". The hut can be seen at: https://www. Airbnb. Com/h/abelsbayhut
Come and stay in comfort while you check out the boat. I would also be happy to deliver the boat interstate, preferably by water, and the trailer can follow.

Chris Wilson
City / Suburb

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