FULMAR - Canada

 
 

The Fulmar 19 is unlike any other watercraft. You might recognize certain features-such as the curved akas drawn from the Balinese sailing canoe, or the hatch system of the modern sea kayak-but in no other craft are these diverse elements blended together in one design.

And the result is diverse capabilities. In the Fulmar 19 you can wander through remote islands, punch through surf to the open sea, go quietly in morning river mist, or fly wavetop to wavetop. Strike out alone for the Inside Passage or take the kids out on the lake. The Fulmar 19 is easily single handed, but also accommodates a crew. When you're finished, you can take it all apart and put it on top of your car. Other boats may allow you to do one or two of these things. but the Fulmar 19 does them all. Here is how and why:

The Fulmar 19 is, essentially, a 19 foot trimaran. The tri refers to its three hulls-two amas, or sponsors, and one vaka, or main hull. The primary virtue of any trimaran is stability without weight. A light but stable hull allows the Fulmar 19 to achieve relatively high speeds with only modest sail area. The stability also encourages freedom of movement, allowing you to sit anywhere on the boat instead of being restricted to the two cockpits. Ordinarily the disadvantage of a trimaran is that it takes up a lot of room. That's fine in open water, but not on a trailer or in a slip with limited space. The Fulmar 19 adapts to tight spaces because the akas, or cross beams, have been designed with hinge systems. Fully extended, the Fulmar 19 has an eleven-foot beam; with the akas retracted, the beam is six feet. And, for a really tight space, like the top of your car or the wall of your garage, the Fulmar 19 comes apart in six pieces, including the mast.

The standard sail plan, which is a single, loosefooted mainsail, can send the Fulmar 19 skimming at speeds in excess of 14 knots. This is a remarkable speed for a boat with only 80 square feet of loose-footed sail, an unstayed mast, and no foresail. What is even more remarkable is what happens when the wind dies. With the Sealegs auxiliary drive, the Fulmar 19 cruises comfortably at three to four knots.

Sailboats are usually knocked over by-you guessed it-the wind. There isn't much you can do about this and still have a sailboat that has respectable performance. The initial advantage of a trimaran is, as mentioned above, the stability offered by having three hulls instead of one. The design of the Fulmar 19 goes a step further toward safety. While most small multihull sailboats are designed to maximize speed, the basic Fulmar 19 sail plan is very conservative-which means the sail is less likely to drive the boat over. Add to that an unstayed carbon fiber mast which will flex with a heavy gust, akas that act as shock absorbers, and a mainsail that can be furled from the cockpit at the slightest hint of heavy weather, and you have a boat that is very difficult to overturn.

 
SPECIFICATIONS
L.O.A. 19 ft.
L.W.L. 18 ft.
Beam: (overall)11 ft.
(akas folded)6 ft.
Weight approx. 260 Ibs.
Draft: (centerboard & drive up)6 in.
(drive down)18 in.
Cockpit Seating 2 people
Sail: 80sq. ft., sockluffmainsail with roller furling
Sealegs: Pedal drive with retractable lower drive unit
Construction
Main Hull: Fiberglass / vinyl ester blend
Akas: Fiberglass w/Kevlar reinforcements/vinyl ester or epoxy resin
Mast: Carbon fiber / epoxy resin

Mailing address:
2300 Canoe Cove Road
Sidney, B.C. CANADA V8L3X9
(250) 656-6616 Fax: (250)656-1971
Email: bmrservice@commercial.net

Factory located:
2300 Canoe Cove Road
Sidney, B.C. CANADA

 

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