Corsair Marine International is a lightweight composite sailboat builder that specializes in building trailerable trimarans. Originally located in San Diego, California, the company was founded in 1984 by John Walton (son of Sam Walton, founder of the retail giant, Wal Mart) to build and market the Corsair F-27 trailerable trimaran designed by Ian Farrier.
Almost immediately, this new design was a huge success. The sailing public loved the versatility of this new trimaran with its patented folding mechanism allowing the Corsairs to be easily folded to a width that enabled it to be trailered behind a family car or fit a regular marina berth. Once extended to its full width for sailing, this new design proved itself as an awesome performance sailboat.
Over the next decade, new designs were added and the company expanded to offer a full range of folding trimarans from 24ft through to 37ft.
The popularity of these amazing designs continued to grow – both in the United States and beyond with Dealers appointed worldwide.
In 2006, the company relocated its headquarters and production facilities from San Diego, California to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam. Chosen for its central location, political stability, booming economy and large pool of talented labor, a number of key staff relocated to Vietnam from California to facilitate the migration of the business and the setting up and running of the factory.