Here is a good overview of the Corsair F-24 written up by Jack Hornor.
Naval architect Jack Hornor was the principal surveyor and designer for Marine Survey & Design, Co., based in Annapolis, MD. He was on the boards of the American Boat and Yacht Council, the National Association of Marine Surveyors, and the Society of Boat and Yacht Designers. He and his wife sailed their Catalina 42, Legacy, based on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
I was a helicopter pilot in the military and whenever rotary wing and fixed wing aviators got together a spirited discussion as to which was the safest to fly was bound to ensue. The helicopter, it was argued, would drop like the proverbial rock from the sky when power was lost and an airplane could glide to a safe landing. But, the helicopter only need a small patch of land on which to make a safe emergency landing while an airplane needed hundreds of yards of clearing in which to land safely. Likewise, when multihull and monohull sailors gather, it's inevitable the question of safety will be brought up. In fact, the argument is not unique to sailing and aviation. The more skilled or more well informed debater may seem to win any given argument but, if fact, there is little, if any, hard evidence to prove the argument one way or the other. In the end it comes down to personal preference and safety depends on many variables, not the least of which is luck. That said, the debates will undoubtedly continue and, in the spirit of encouraging lively discussion, this month I am going to take a look at Corsair Marine's F-24 trimaran. Read More >>