Description: Farrier F-36
So, KISS is back. Here we have the Sailing Vessel KISS, one Farrier F36 Trimaran for sale. She was launched in November 2016. She has sail number 44 so I guess there are about that number spread around the world. However, I do believe this boat to be a bit unique as it is one of only two F36 I know of that has the optional aft cockpit rather than an aft cabin. There are several reasons for going this way, all of them based on comfortable, efficient, shorthanded cruising and/or racing.
KISS was built at Precision Wind Tech premises, my premises, in NSW by myself and three professional boat builders. She has been built as exactly to Farriers plans and specifications as is possible. The entire boat is foam sandwich and epoxy, including all the interior bulkheads and furniture. Every flat panel in this boat is vacuum bagged foam epoxy to maximise strength and minimise weight. Building in the recommended foam core, not the optional cedar core, has reduced the finished boat weight by about 400kg. Building the beams with carbon, not the optional all glass fibre, has saves a further 50 kg. All up, about ½ a tonne of potential boat weight has been saved by using these materials.
Since her launch, KISS has, to date, completed 7 Bass Strait crossings, (with another coming up shortly). She has circumnavigated Tasmania via Victoria and is now preparing to head Northwards once again. She is currently laying in Tasmania, after mucking around in these waters for a bit. Thus far KISS has covered more than 12,000 offshore nautical miles with more than half of those miles single handed, the remainder with only two people on board. Single and short handing cruising in this boat is made easy with a Raymarine autopilot, roller furling headsail, seven Harken control winches plus an electric Lewmar main halyard/utility winch with all controls led back to the cockpit via 12 rope clutches. She is Australian registered so is ready to go overseas whenever you are. But if you want to race, three people can easily handle this 37 foot trimaran, (unlike a 33 foot mono I race on that needs at least 5 people to handle it efficiently).
KISS is an ocean capable sailing vessel, she sails very, very well and can be very fast. However, if you wish to sail conservatively, as do I, you can travel at almost monohull speeds in great comfort. Or, even single handed, given a decent weather window, you can cover 100 miles between anchorages during daylight hours without pushing too hard. 60 to 70 mile daylight hours passages are easily achieved.
KISS does not have the luxury interior of a Swan, she is not a luxury apartment with a mast stuck on top so as to call her a sail boat, she is a sailboat first, with very comfortable cruising accommodation in her wide main hull. She can sleep 5 people in a double forward V berth, a large convertible saloon double berth and a single settee berth. (The settee is a great 'at sea' berth). KISS can be a fast passage maker and is perfect for coastal or blue water cruising for the single hander or a couple. Eight to ten knots is my normal cruising speed and, given a bit of wave action, she will far exceed this - and all in perfect safety, comfort, and control. I am a cruiser and KISS has never been raced, but I have logged a maximum speed of 20.3 knots and speeds of 14 to 15 knots are not uncommon. When you reach your destination, the fridge will give you a cold beer or fresh milk for your tea and the freezer can supply your fresh food. I usually make a swag of precooked dinners and freeze them down for passage making. It makes life easy.
While KISS is no luxury apartment, she has been built as closely to Farriers plans and specification as is possible, with no compromise having been made on quality of materials or structural integrity.
Kiss can be sailed as a sedate cruiser or, should racing be your thing, she can be thrilling to sail with acceleration that can nearly take you off your feet.
Although KISS can sail at 5 knots with not a cats paw visible on the water, for when the wind dies completely, or for entering a marina or anchorage, she is fitted with a 21HP, Kubota based, Nannidiesel which will cruise her along happily at 5.5 knots with plenty in reserve to pump her up to seven knots or to push into the wind. This engine has less than 800 hours on the clock as of today - 6th March 2021.
What is she worth? Dunno. What I do know is that if you were to have someone build her for you today, it would cost you well in excess of $400,000, more probably over $500,000. Some people say that trimaran's are not in big demand but, balancing that out, is that if you do want a recently built, well designed, well built, easily handled, fast, ocean crossing capable trimaran with good accommodation for two people, there are not that many on the second hand market to choose from. FYI. If you were building this boat today, and Kiss is just four years old, the material costs alone would be in excess of $200,000.
I have been whacked over the head with a couple of offers of silly offers so I will say that these will not be successful.
Or, as an alternative to Kiss, if you are interested, there is a 1984 Command 10 for $65,000 and a 1979 Buhler 45 for $149,000.
Or how about a nice fast Twiggy, complete with outboard motor. Fast sailing for $30,000. But don't take your cat sailing with you cos you won't be able to swing it.
There are plenty of old, el cheapo tri' s around if that is what you want.
Or, go grab a 28 foot Dragonfly for $400,000.
https://yachthub. Com/list/yachts-for-sale/new/sailing-t rimaran/dragonfly-28-sport/218287
O kay, all jokes aside, we all know you can't have it all.
Right now is an excellent time to view this boat because you will see her at her absolute worst, she is currently in cruise mode and has not been spruced up in any way shape or form, what you see is what you get. In the event KISS doesn't sell by the time I am ready to do something else, I will most likely dismantle her, take her home and put her in mothballs. So, this is an opportunity for someone to buy this young boat at little more than the replacement cost of the materials and gear. Of course, you do have to want a boat of this type in the first place. Oh yes, and the winter cruising season is fast approaching and Kiss is ready to go.
If you want to see KISS in action, there is a swag of photos and video to be seen on the facebook page of Precision Wind Technology but if there is anything specific you would like to see, let me know and I will sort it for you.
https://www. Facebook. Com/286773234682069/videos/43962999037 45637
By the way, I am willing to deliver KISS with or for the new owner anywhere in the world. (Provided it is a place I can get home from again in the mad world in which we currently live).