The New F-33
Revised March 26, 2017
The 2015 F-33 is a new design by Ian Farrier, having evolved from the F-32, and replaces the original 2004 F-33. All F-33s are currently being built in the Philippines, under license to Farrier Marine. It is available in several formats, the F-33, F-33X (with wider center hull), or the more race orientated F-33R and F-33RX, plus all carbon versions, the F-33RC and F-33RXC. Both aft cabin and aft cockpit versions are also currently available.
The new F-33 is a truly modern 'state of the art' design, and incorporates the latest third generation Farrier Folding System. The third generation beams have no intrusion into the main cabin, and eliminate the awkward beam pockets in the cabin sides. Floats are as large as they can be for such a folding trimaran, with extra buoyancy having been designed in forward and low down for the maximum sail carrying power.
The standard F-33 offers more room than any other equivalent legally trailerable folding trimaran, due to efficient design, plus heavy and space robbing interior liners are not used, which also makes the F-33 the lightest available production boat of its type. The extra wide maxi F-33X is even larger again, and is easily the roomiest and most seaworthy folding trimaran in its class.
The new F-33 series has one major advantage over the original F-33, this being the availability of the narrower 2.6m (8' 6") F-33 version which is the largest legally trailerable trimaran available, with no permit required for US roads. The wider F-33X will require a permit to be trailered, but it has much more room and a higher load carrying capacity.
The new F-33 series has been designed with a limited ocean going capability in mind, and best of all they are true Farrier designs, so reliability is ensured.
Sailing Videos of the first F-33 delivered to Australia (Tasmania)
F-33X Aft Cockpit Interior
F-33X Aft Cabin Interior with aft double bunk
The current F-33X interior quality and room can be seen in the following photos:
Galley area aft
THIRD GENERATION FARRIER BEAMS AND FOLDING SYSTEM:
The latest F-33 beams have been designed to trap and deflect any spray downwards to eliminate or reduce spray at high speeds, while the beam folding strut anchors are internal which eliminates multiple metal brackets and bolts. This reduces windage, weight and complexity, while folding struts are now set higher, keeping them further away from wave tops. The above drawing also clearly shows the difference between the F-33 and F-33X.
The earlier F-32 at the 2008 Annapolis Boat Show - the F-33 is a further development of the F-32,
Beams are more streamlined while also being slimmer and higher at outer ends for less drag. The inner beam end to main hull connections are now fully external, for easier setup and maintenance, and this also gives a lower trailering height with less windage on the road for more economical towing.
F-33RXC just launched at Subic Bay in the Philippines
The new F-33 beams are lighter, and more streamlined, with a lower overall height than earlier designs
F-33 - the standard version, legally trailerable in the USA without permit
F-33X - a wider, roomier maxi version, that will require a permit for trailering, the 'X' standing for extra room.
F-33R & F-33RX - more sporty racing versions for experienced sailors, with a taller rig, the 'R' standing for Race.
F-33SR & F-33SRX - new highly powered super racing versions for experienced sailors only, with the very tall SR rig,
The F-33 and all variations are currently being built in the Philippines by a very experienced crew have now built over 20 F-boats, including the F-85SR that did so well in the 2015 Race to Alaska. Construction is currently all hand crafted vacuum bagged epoxy foam core, but this is changing to fully molded foam core construction, and resin infused under vacuum.
As with the original F-33, the new F-33 is expected to have a very high resale value, due to the high quality construction, and the design reputation. The last original F-33 sold did so within 10 days of going on the market, and the price paid for what was a 7 year old boat was near what it cost new. Such value means the F-33 will be a very low cost boat to own as was the case with the original F-27, which has been the resale value leader for many years.
The F-33 factory at Clark Freeport Zone
F-33 Aft Cockpit Version
(F-33SRC means the all carbon version - latest photos)
The new F-33 is a more advanced version of the earlier F-32 with all new hulls and rig.
More Interior Options: