(Published Spring 2015)
The Dusseldorf boat show in Germany last winter was abuzz with the introduction of the new Dragonfly 25, which is designed and built by Quorning Boats in Denmark. The little speedster is a sailing machine that will produce very fast and exhilarating runs.
The new design is capable of flying its center hull and riding only on the leeward ama. With the center hull just skimming the water, the boat’s drag is reduced dramatically. Initial sail trials have shown that even with the center hull out of the water, the 25 is easy to handle and has good directional stability.
The amas are longer than the hull and quite narrow. But, they do have more volume than the amas on many of the other Dragonflys in the line. That built in buoyancy is what makes flying the center hull safer and faster. It is worth noting that due to this capability, the rudders on the sport version are mounted on the amas and not the main hull as it is on the standard version. The sport version also comes with a rotating carbon mast.
The 25 has neat but limited accommodations below with bunks, a table, a cooler and a place for a Porta-Potty.
Dragonflys are folding trimarans so they will fit into a normal marina slip or on a trailer that is under the legal width limits. The amas fold back against the main hull with simple control lines and can be redeployed in two minutes. The 25 will draw one foot with the daggerboard and rudder kicked up and four and half feet with the daggerboard down.
The Dragonfly concept is to go sailing in a performance cruising tri that has comfortable amenities and a very pleasing turn of speed. Sailing at speeds in the mid teens is not unusual. The first Dragonfly 25 will debut in North America in the early summer. For more information log onto the Dragonfly homepage at www.trimarans.com.