Solid Telstar Racer/Cruiser 26 Trimaran Multihull Sailboat for auction. Bargain boat, no need to bid… New boat is waiting for me so quick sale wanted. Price is very fair for her condition which is only cosmetically poor at present and better than any of the other Telstar’s i’ve seen in the last 12 months up for sale. This boat is priced to sell. Engine alone is in great condition and worth £850 as is.Folding boat can be put on trailer to take home with you or dry stored, no trailer included on this auction as I moored in Christchurch, Dorset on the river. We would be able to discuss with the boatyard the use of this mooring ongoing for the boat if this is where you would like to keep it, but this is not automatic so would need discussion. Boat can stay where she is for up to 8 weeks prior to being removed to your own mooring if you are moving her. Potentially happy to help with this to a local port. If staying on the river we would be moored right next to you on our new boat so you know this auction is honest as that would be embarrassing otherwise if I have lied!Boat comes with a slab reefing mainsail in Dacron with lazyjacks and new sailboat for easy sail handling, Jib in laminate with bolt rope that is mounted on a furling drum (does need either a sunstrip added to leave on fuller but I always just remove from furler when we leave as 5 min job and makes sail last longer. Both sails are in good condition and do not need replacing for cruising use.Boat also has a lovely white & blue spinnaker (symmetrical) and needs no pole as you just use the ama hulls to fly it from and is so easy, big area really gets this boat moving off the wind.Boat speed… not pushed her hard as sail shorthanded, in 20 knots we were surfing swell at 12 knots, very exciting, quick and effortless. Other monohulls that were on the trip were excited to be surfing at 7 knots. This is where the boat excels. Upwind she is a bit faster than monohulls of the same size and will sail well in very light winds. Can well believe in winds up to 30 knots she would hit her 15 knot boat speed advertised by her builder! I have spoken to owners who say they have done 17 knots on a beam reach on other Telstars but that is about her limit according to them without modification to width that would be quite simple to achieve due to the way she folds.I did also have 2 asymmetric for this but ended up using the symmetric all the time as jibing was less work and sailing is about enjoyment for us and the ease of handling, flat foredeck & side decks that are solid etc… makes it fun to get this up and level space to get it down. If I was keeping I would get a light genoa for her as bought with a heavy genoa and in light winds would hammer along nicely upwind but I don’t like sailing furled and this was a big sail to furl. However, on light wind days a lightweight one would be perfect.Purchased this around 3 years ago and have sailed and worked on her over this time. Boat hulls are all solid, folding mechanism is also solid, does not move even out in strong winds and choppy seas. For the first year I treated her as a daysailer as the interior was all torn out from the previous owner who was restoring it but ran out of enthusiasm.This is a great boat as the solid wing decks all round give soooo much space on deck. We put sun loungers or table & chairs on them and still loads of space on the rest of the boat. It has worked out great for our spaniel too, as it does not tip much being a multihull he can walk round on the soil flat decks in perfect safety. Same for children. Lots of people put netting around the stanchions to hold in small dogs and children, but so far we have not had an issue as is.New electrical system fitted that we are slowly building on to. Professionally installed and it uses all correct marine wiring and fittings. Dimming lights in white and red on the interior, and a spare dimmer as was going to fit exterior deck lights for enjoying evenings on the boat. All LED lighting. Instruments are NASA Marine, reliable and has wind indicator, depth sounder and speed log. (Speed log display not fitted, but hull sender is, so easy bit to finish). Wind indicator needs adjustment at top of mast to straighten, think a fat seagull may have landed on it. In one piece but sitting sideways at present.We use a compressor camping fridge that fits nicely in the rear berth and plugs in to the 12v socket. If this boat was given a solar panel it could run this indefinitely. We were away for a week at the start of July in the heat and it lasted 4 days on one used 80Ah car battery…Boat comes with VHF also, but for any night sailing would need the Nav lights refitted. Port and starboard are there, but wiring chopped back. Was going o fit LED nav lights all round and rewire but as we have not planned any night sails I have not bought or fitted yet.I have put in a trial interior in ply with framing to keep it light. I have trialled this for this season and with the sea head (Lavac very nice sea toilet no smells as sealed when closed) in the bow is the best option for the boat. It gives 4 single berths, one double if your small, we sleep on the double and have done for weeks away but we are a skinny pair… If you wanted a proper double a simple folding system on the starboard forward berth would fold out over the companionway at night and give a good sized double. Because it is a trimaran the central hull is deep so you have standing headroom right through the boat which for a 26ft boat is fantastic. The interior is light and feels big, it just needs someone to finish it off with final tidying to edges, painting and soft furnishings.The boat is untidy cosmetically because I have been repairing and refitting the deck fittings there was no point painting her until all this was done and I was happy. Under waterline antifoul is all fine, just front central hull it has come away above waterline, this was a job for later this year when we lift the boat out for winter or have time beached on a beach but now would be for new owner to complete.No signs of any osmosis on the boat, had been lifted out of water for 2 years when I bought her but nothing has shown up and I take out during winter months so has been all summer in water would have shown if anything present.Curtained off bow area in central hull has the Lavac (look it up, almost new only installed this year) hooked up to pump and has inlet/outlets through the hull. This does need an air vent in inlet to avoid syphon of seawater but we keep seacocks closed unless using toilet at the moment. Only a £20 part just not got around to it since fitting. There is also loads of room forward of this to fit a holding tank for waste until you can either have it pumped out or let it out whilst sailing away from harbour.Hulls provide all the room needed for storage of light and bulky items like the fenders, boathooks, dinghy parts ( I use a solid shopper dinghy that sits flat on sidedeck). As I row everywhere it is far better than any inflatable and just as light. It also has a sailing rig that fits on the side deck too but none of this is included in the sale as will come with me on my new boat.Anchor locker up front is huge. Boat will come with a CQR anchor 20kg that has done us ok. This boat can be beached, per photos for fun, or for maintenance which saves costs of getting a lift every time you need to do a bit of work or check all is ok.Port side window has several cracks that have formed this year. It is the side that faced the sun and guess it’s expansion has caused this. Spoke to a company re replacement which is easy, but they did spec a thicker perspex for this size window which would also stop any future issues. Said it was fine for inshore work but as I was setting this boat up to take around the UK they advised thicker. Strangely it does not leak hardly any water, would not want to test green water over the side but fine for day sailing… And side decks are very dry during sailing, only windy conditions close hauled does she slice the tops of waves off which slide away from the cockpit off the side deck.This boat sails really well, very easy to tack unlike some multihulls as it has a lot of rocker which makes her very seaworthy. Upwind these boats are known for hobby horsing a bit in chop because of this… but every boat has it’s compromise. All we do is bear off a bit and it stops, it is only hard on the wind we have ever found an issue.Engine is a 20hp 2 stroke long, it is connected on a sled that you can lift up very clear of the water. Trust this engine throughly and have used it for up to 10 hours when no wind to get home. It is also really useful in Christchurch entrance which has very strong tides as we can come in even on strong ebbs yet is 2 stroke so still light vs newer 10hp 4 strokes.Steps up mast make it easy work if you ever need to check anything. Not been up other than to take a look at all the fittings, works just like a ladder.New boat is a slightly longer coastal racing catamaran which has just had most of the boat restored so is ready to start my UK trip next year. My work has really slowed down my progress on this boat that I wanted to have painted this year…but would now have been next year so am upgrading more out of practicality than to get something else… as I am now able to afford a boat that is not such a project.There are probably many small things on this boat you could tinker with, upgrade or change. Too many to mention but it is all down to how the boat owner wants the boat set up.Any questions do let me know. Probably missed something important so do drop me an e-mail.Overall this is a boat that will go on many years, has been reinforced around bilges by a previous owner for beaching and is very strong here. She is just visually untidy with small jobs to do. New owner needs some DIY skills to do these, but great thing is boat is plenty big enough to work on on the river, and you can split up work with enjoyment sailing.
Current Price: £4500.00
This Telstar 26 Trimaran Multihull Sailboat Yacht boat is located in Christchurch, Dorset, and is being sold on eBay by dancason.