Update: October 2011. Please note the specifications and pricing for the C50 Catamaran are currently being reviewed. This process shall be completed shortly and the the website shall be updated accordingly.
Corsair’s years of experience in performance multihulls has gone into the development of this latest Corsair performance cruising Catamaran. With design and engineering from world renowned Reichel Pugh Yacht Design, the Corsair 50 utilizes the latest materials and building techniques.
For over 24 years, Corsair owners have expected a level of performance from their yacht, and the Corsair 50 is no exception, this tradition has been carried over into a luxury perfomance cruising catamaran. This is a true sailor’s boat with exceptional performance combined with an ergonomic layout. An excellent finish of rich wood veneers and quality hardware complete the package.
The Corsair 50 is a boat to be proud of, manufactured by a world-renowned company, which has produced more than 1,500 cruising multhulls.
Construction The Corsair 50 is constructed using latest resin infusion techniques with vynelester resins through the entire structure over foam core. There is carbon fiber reinforcing for stiffness and longevity, with Kevlar on outside skins for puncture resistance.[/size]
The interior furniture is made with fine woods over honeycomb panels to reduce weight and give rich opulent character, in keeping with a vessel of this pedigree
Corsair and the designers have put a lot of effort into centralising weight to ensure a more comfortable ride and superior performance[/size]
Equipment The Corsair 50 uses the best equipment available using brands with worldwide customer support and installed with ease of maintenance in mind.
Systems have been selected for efficiency including a refrigeration system utilizing vacuum panel insulation and efficient keel cooled 12-volt compressor, LED lighting is used throughout, laminated glass windows with heat reducing inner laminate, passive ventilation and well positioned opening ports maximise ventilation while reducing unwanted heat.
An Owner’s Paradise
Unlike most production cruising/charter Catamarans where the focus is cabins and heads, the Corsair 50 designers have worked with experienced cruisers to develop a layout for private owners focused on live aboard, long-range cruising and entertaining.
Every aspect of the Corsair 50 has been developed to enhance your cruising experience.
The galley features an island counter opening a traffic flow and increasing storage. Spacious Corian countertops, a full height pull-out pantry, numerous storage areas, 220-litre fridge and 160 litre freezer. The galley combines with the cockpit through a large sliding window creating an open feel to the boat. There is a forward facing navigation station with 360-degree views offering protected watches. Curved glass windows with solar treatment offer frameless vision from the salon. The treated, laminated glass also reduces UV and heat into the vessel, and will resist the crazing and scratching seen in the plastics used by most production manufactures.
The spacious owner’s hull separates you from your guests. Forward is a large private head with separate stall shower and storage. There are also full height hanging lockers, ample drawers and shelving in passageway, and a vanity with mirror forward of the berth. The owner’s cabin features a low, open-ended berth - No climbing up to the bridge deck or over partners.
Guest cabin aft has split berths that combine to make a king size berth. The forward cabin has double berth with shared bathroom between.
The cockpit of the CORSAIR 50 combines with the salon for easy entertaining or relaxing in exotic locations. The helms are aft and outboard, opening up the cockpit while allowing the helmsman to remain involved with guests, even while underway.
This unique location offers protection from the elements while giving perfect visibility and easy access to the deck. All sailing controls are aft and close to the helmsman, therefore negating the need to go forward to raise or reef sails. Visibility is not blocked by the headsail as with most single bulkhead helm positions yet the helmsmen is protected from the elements when needed. Ample seating for 10 on four sides is available for outside entertaining.
Reichel Pugh’s experience at the top end of performance boats, including ’s Cup, Maxi ocean racers and Volvo 70 Around the World racers, has been utilized in developing a strong, high performance package. Daggerboards and dagger style lifting rudders offer deep high aspect sections for increased performance and control, also offering access into shallow waters. The Corsair 50 can float in 24 inches of water. Unique positioning of motor drives leave folded propellers above the lowest point of the hull.
The standard rig has a fully-battened main sail and self-tacking jib. All sailing controls lead back to the cockpit for easy, single-handed sailing, dual engine controls allow one person to dock and manoeuvre with ease. These features and attention to deck layout make the boat easier to sail and dock than most conventional production catamarans up to 10 feet shorter.
The optional performance rig features a modified square top main of Hydranet dynema fabric, 900 square foot reacher designed to sail upwind in lighter air on a carbon fibre bowsprit, and a 2,500 square foot asymmetric spinnaker. This rig, combined with the care taken in making the vessel as light as possible and high aspect foils, offers performance not seen in a fully molded production catamaran with this degree of comfort.