History

Since 1984 

TIMELINE

Corsair Marine International is a lightweight composite sailboat builder that specializes in building trailerable trimarans.  Originally located in San Diego, California, the company was founded in 1984 by John Walton (son of Sam Walton, founder of the retail giant, Wal Mart) to build and market the Corsair F-27 trailerable trimaran designed by Ian Farrier.

Almost immediately, this new design was a huge success. The sailing public loved the versatility of this new trimaran with its patented folding mechanism allowing the Corsairs to be easily folded to a width that enabled it to be trailered behind a family car or fit a regular marina berth. Once extended to its full width for sailing, this new design proved itself as an awesome performance sailboat.

Over the next decade, new designs were added and the company expanded to offer a full range of folding trimarans from 24ft through to 37ft.

The popularity of these amazing designs continued to grow – both in the United States and beyond with Dealers appointed worldwide.

In 2006, the company relocated its headquarters and production facilities from San Diego, California to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam.   Chosen for its central location, political stability, booming economy and large pool of talented labor, a number of key staff relocated to Vietnam from California to facilitate the migration of the business and the setting up and running of the factory.

Seawind Catamaran Holdings Pty. Ltd acquires Corsair Marine International

In October 2010, the company was purchased by Seawind Catamarans, Australia’s most prolific and successful designer and builder of performance cruising sail catamarans.  Seawind is a world leader in performance cruising sailing cats and exports its designs all over the globe. With over 30 years experience manufacturing and designing multihulls, the company has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 1982 when owner and Managing Director, Richard Ward started building ‘off the beach’ catamarans.   As an experienced yachtsman and ocean racer, Richard built Seawind Catamarans up from grass roots but always with a philosophy of building safe, strong and great performing sailing boats ideal for bay or serious “blue water” sailing.

When Corsair Marine was acquired in 2010 the new owner commented,  “This is a marriage made in heaven. Both companies have products and manufacturing processes that strongly complement each other; For Corsair and Seawind this signals new growth opportunities in the manufacturing and sales distribution areas and our loyal Seawind customers will benefit in technology transfers as well as cost benefits of a larger overall manufacturing base and the integration of some common componentry while our Corsair customers will gain benefits from strong management and greater financial strength.  It’s an incredibly good fit for both companies allowing us to expand and remain competitive in a global market. Both brand products benefit from each other’s special expertise with a significant transfer of ideas, systems and personnel.”

Throughout the history of Corsair Marine, our dedicated team of dealers continue to represent and service Corsair Marine’s trimarans in 6 regions of the USA and 20 further locations around the world including Europe, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Throughout North America where large fleets are found in most States, ask a Corsair dealer to show you first hand why the Corsairs are the most versatile trailerable trimarans existing today.

The company has impressively sold more than 2,000 trimarans through its global dealership network and continues to be innovative with new designs and construction methods. All Corsair trimarans are manufactured by hand using high tech composite construction and vacuum resin techniques in which it is a world leader. The Corsair Group continues its policy of constant improvement to increase its high standards of quality and design for which the Corsair Marine trimarans have always been associated.

The combined entities of Corsair Marine International and Seawind Catamarans employ more than 220 incredibly skilled and dedicated staff with both brands manufactured in the continuously expanding factory headquarters of Southern Vietnam.

Corsair Range

Sprint 750 MKII (24’/7.5mtrs)

The 24ft Sprint 750 is a huge cockpit day sailer that is ideal as a family fun boat as well as a serious racer. The earlier MK1 model won Sailing World Magazine’s 2007 Sportboat of the Year and the new Mk2 has further enhanced this exciting model with new deck styling and larger volume floats.

Dash 750 MKII (24′/7.5mtrs)

The Dash 750 MKII is a pocket cruiser and was launched by Corsair Marine in January 2009 immediately becoming its biggest seller.

In April 2010, the DASH 750 MKI made the cover of Cruising World Magazine under the headline, “Exciting New Sailboats”. The article went on to say that “the DASH’s real reason d’etre lies in its blistering speed and fingertip responsiveness… (The journalist felt) completely comfortable with the uncomplicated systems… It’s built in Vietnam with the latest materials and technologies; quality control is closely monitored.”

With its recent update to the Mk2 model, the Dash is a stylish and elegant small family cruiser that has incredible performance for the serious racer.

CR28′ Cruiser Racer; RS28′ Racer Sport; CE28′ Cruiser Economy 

The 28 footers evolved from the early 27 foot design and have been our most popular mid-size trailerable trimaran series.

The Corsair 28 range is offered to both cruising sailors and performance enthusiasts alike providing a range of waterborne recreation and adventure possibilities unequaled by other sailboat brands.

This particular model represents a unique and unbeatable combination of comfort, performance and easy handling.  It is definitely in a class of its own that will take you anywhere you sail or race in style and comfort.

The C28 comes in three different configurations

  1. Centre Cockpit Cruiser Racer (CR)
  2. Aft Cockpit Sports Cruiser (RS)
  3. Centre Cockpit Cruiser Economy (CE) 

Cruze 970 (32′)

This brand new design supersedes the incredibly successful Corsair 31, of which 300 are sailing worldwide.

The new Cruze 32′ has taken the best features from the award winning Corsair C31 and key spaciousness and comfort designs from the Corsair 37. This new model is at home anywhere – cruising near or distant shores or off-shore racing in the toughest conditions.  The Cruze 970 is an exciting new model with great sailing pedigree and packed with fantastic features making this model one of the most successful trimarans in the world.  With superb sailing qualities & rugged construction for those epic adventures this is one of the best boats in the world where one can combine their passion for exploration with cruising or racing all in a single design element.

CR37′  Blue Water Cruiser and CRS37′ Carbon Racer

The C37 comes in two models and is the largest of the Corsair Marine trimarans.

The Corsair 37 offers all the comforts of a cruising mono hull but with the benefits of the flat sailing of a big catamaran.  It also has the speed, safety and unsinkability of a Corsair Trimaran.  Some of the many features of a C37 are its shallow draft with retractable dagger board and rudder for exploring; a carbon rotating wing mast, quality deck hardware and an intelligently designed deck layout.

Multihulls World Magazine wrote in June 2010 that, “For those of you who like trimarans and want to sail further (and faster)… the Corsair 37CR (is) a top of the range boat which offers the comfort of a cruising monohull, the catamaran’s comfortable flat sailing and the speed and excitement of a trimaran… (It) is a real long distance cruising boat… and a fast one!”