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Corsair 28AC

Designed by:
Corsair Marine Inc. (based on original Ian Farrier design)
Corsair Marine Inc.
Corsair 28 foreground

Many sailors attracted to the fun of high performance sailing would also like to take their friends for some easy sailing in reasonable comfort, perhaps do some weekend cruising with their family and sometimes explore new waters. Corsair boats do all these things very well and with reliability and safety.

The first and highly successful Corsair model was the F-27. The Corsair 28s replace this boat and though similar, have several significant improvements. There is a standard version of the 28 and a racing version, the 28R. Both versions are available in aft cockpit AC and centre cockpit CC configurations.

All 28s have a very efficient and powerful rig with a rotating mast and bowsprit. The 19 ft 9 in (6.1 m) beam and high buoyancy floats gives the boats enormous safety and stability. With a displacement of only 2700 lbs (1227 kg) they have an exhilerating performance.

With sleeping accommodation for four, a galley and heads, there are sufficient amenities aboard for family overnight cruising.

The boat is quickly launched from a trailer, the transition from trailer to being setup for sailing taking only 30 minutes. This means it is easy to tow by road to have a much wider cruising area. Retracting daggerboards reduces the draft of the Corsair 28 to 1 ft 2 in (0.36 m), allowing passage through shallows and access to beaches.

Multihull type:

Hulls: foam sandwich construction; unsinkable
Folding system: solid aluminium folding struts with stainless steel pivot pins
Construction techniques: vacuum bagging throughout lamination process to maintain high resin-to-glass ratio
Construction materials: rigid PVC foam core; carbon fibre reinforced cross beams

Sails and rigging:
  • Fractional sloop rig
  • Aluminium rotating wing mast
  • Fully battened, square-topped main with roller boom reefing
  • Bowsprit
  • Jib; screacher (358 sq ft/33.3 sq m); asymetrical spinnaker (780 sq ft/72.5 sq m)
Deck layout and gear:
  • Large cockpit, seats; 4 in comfort
  • Tiller steering
  • Winches, halyards, sheets as well a controls for the daggerboard, rudder and outboard all operated from the cockpit
  • Storage in floats
  • Main cabin with galley; marine toilet; bench seating with folding table - converts into two berths
  • Pop-top above companion way gives standing headroom near companion way
  • Double V-berth forward
Accommodation images:
Corsair 28AC layout
LOA (length overall):
8.66 m (28 ft 5 in)
LWL (length at waterline):
8 m (26 ft 3 in)
6.1 m (20 ft)
Draft minimum:
0.36 m (1 ft 2 in)
Draft maximum (e.g. boards down):
1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)
Windward sail area:
44.2 m² (476 ft²)
Mainsail area:
27.9 m² (300 ft²)
Jib or Solent area:
16.3 m² (175 ft²)
Sailplan details:
Corsair 28 and 28R sailplan
Mast height above deck:
11.22 m (36 ft 10 in)
Daggerboard / centreboard:
Displacement, lightship (empty):
1224 kg (1.2 tons)
Number of berths:
Outboard engines:
Typical total engine HP:
Fuel type:
Towing width:
2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
First introduced:
In production:
New price up to:
$106000 US (approx: £53434 Sterling / 72192 / $120517 AUS)*
More images:
Corsair 28
Degree of customisation:
Several options
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894 boats of this brand currently available!
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