This is the Tony Smith designed Telstar 28 Trimaran. The boat has the one-man mast raising system and folding amas that go from beam of 18ft to folded 8'6". This makes for easy trailering as proven with the Claudia Mae making 4 cruises of Lake Michigan, participating in the Dauphin Island Race and venturing from Mobile to the Florida Keys not to mention local lakes. The trimaran has a centerboard that goes from 4'6" down to 1' up----this made for great gunkholing through the Everglades and Keys. The Trimaran has a tiller which links to the Honda outboard to give exceptional steerage when utilizing the outboard. This trimaran makes the ideal boat for trailer sailor as the Venture dual axle trailer is included and in very good condition. The Claudia Mae is a very comfortable boat with sea kindly motion and she is fast as she has a main, 150% genoa, screacher and spinnaker. This trimaran is the ultimate gunkholer that can be easily trailered and set up.
Layout & Accommodations
This trimaran has 1 settee bunk on port and 1 on starboard with a folding table between settees and above centerboard. The folding table accommodates up to 6. The forward cabin is separated by a curtain and has the marine head, a sink and small berth. Immediately to port upon entry is a 2 burner LP stove and broiler. Immediately to starboard upon cabin entry is the nav station, 2 batteries with controller and breakers. The boat has comfortable 6-foot headroom throughout and 2 Bomar hatches for ventilation.
The galley is located immediately to port upon cabin entry and is equipped with the Taman 2500 LPG 2 burner stove and broiler. There is also a Engel refrigerator located above stove that has never been used and would be questionable if cools. There is also a single sink located in this area. The area and boat has dome fixtures for lighting throughout. There is teak drawers and sliding compartments for storage and under sink storage.
Deck & Equipment
The deck has stainless handrails along port and starboard walk areas making for safe at sea conditions. The 150% genoa is controlled by port and starboard Lewmar #40 AST winches and the mast 2 Lewmar #7 winches. The jib is controlled by rolleer furler. The amas easily fold by releasing the controlling line in the port and starboard cockpit compartments. This can be done when on water and allows use of a normal width slip if needed.
Electronics & Navigation
The electronics include Ray Marine ST 60 TriData windspeed and depth. Ray Marine 54 VHF. The trimaran also has the Ray Marine ST1000 Auto Pilot. There is also a Contest 4 inch compass mounted on starboard cockpit.
Electrical, Power & Plumbing
The Telstar 28 trimaran has 2 lead acid batteries that powers electronics and outboard for the 12 volt system. There are 2 banks with 1 battery in each and controlled by the Blue Sea battery switch. The trimaran has a marine toilet with a 13 gallon holding tank. There is a 16 gallon fresh water tank that supplies water to the two manual pump sinks and for a fresh water flush of the head if desired.
Engine & Mechanical
The Telstar is powered by a Honda 4 cycle 20hp outboard with a 6 gallon tank. This engine allows for a cruising speed of 6 MPH. The outboard also keeps the batteries charged when in use
Sails & Rigging
Sails include a Bierig main, Bierig 150% genoa with roller furler. A Bierig laminate spinnaker and a Bierig laminate screacher. All sails in good condition. All rigging is dacron braid on braid.
The trimaran Claudia Mae finished a cruise from Goodland Florida through the Everglades and to Marathon Florida and back. She is now ready for new adventure.
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An entirely new TELSTAR model (2003). (An earlier TELSTAR 9M was also designed and built by Tony Smith until about 1980.)
This version is ‘foldable’ reducing the beam from 16.0’/4.8m to 8.5’/2.6 m) for road transport and easier mooring where space is restricted. The Double-hinged beams swivel the amas alongside the main hull without extending the boat’s overall length.