Quick Look: Corsair 50:

Jeremy McGeary reviews this catamaran with a few twists for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show


Corsair Marine, storied builder of folding trimarans, is expanding into catamarans and venturing into new propulsion. The Corsair 50 is powered by Glacier Bay's Ossa Powerlite 240Vdc diesel-electric system. (Twin 53-hp Yanmars are offered as an alternative).

On deck, too, the Corsair 50 follows a less trodden path with twin helm stations aft of the outboard ends of the deckhouse bulkhead, elevated for a clear view forward but sheltered under the rigid cockpit shade. Forward and between them, and so within conversation range is a lounge/dining area.

Inside the saloon, the galley is aft, to starboard, and a lounge and nav station occupy the forward part. The starboard hull is arranged as an owner's suite and a guest cabin occupies each end of the port hull.

Sail power, and plenty of it, comes from a self-tacking jib and a big mainsail, which can be reefed from the cockpit with the aid of an electric winch.