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  Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Double Horizon

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PostForum: General   Posted: Wed 06 Dec 17, 20:14   Subject: mooring place with low tide level
Feels like hiring an excavator to deepen the bottom could be a good investment

From what I've heard the excavator would be the least of his expenses by the time he hires consultants to do an enviro ...
  Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Double Horizon

Replies: 13
Views: 6017

PostForum: General   Posted: Wed 06 Dec 17, 16:22   Subject: mooring place with low tide level
In a tidal creek, you'll find the 920 is also quite maneuverable. There is (or should be) a linkage between the outboard motor handle and tiller, so the outboard turns when the rudder does. The amas ...
  Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Double Horizon

Replies: 13
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PostForum: General   Posted: Wed 06 Dec 17, 13:28   Subject: mooring place with low tide level
I doubt jamming would be a constant issue. But it might happen. Would it be possible to set a mooring nearby in deeper water and keep a dinghy at your dock? If so, that would be a better solution.
  Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Double Horizon

Replies: 13
Views: 6017

PostForum: General   Posted: Wed 06 Dec 17, 5:27   Subject: Re: Considering DF920 for low tide mud flat
Hello, I've read with some concern about issues with the centerboard downhaul jamming when a boat is repeatedly grounding at a low tide mooring. I'm thinking about buying a 920 that would be kept at ...
  Topic: Fridge startup issue
Double Horizon

Replies: 3
Views: 118

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 14 Nov 17, 4:15   Subject: Fridge startup issue
Hi Steve - would love to see a picture or two showing how you mounted that much solar on a DF 1000.
  Topic: Corsair 37 or Dragonfly 35: Which Is Better for Blue Water P
Double Horizon

Replies: 1
Views: 100

PostForum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Mon 13 Nov 17, 3:40   Subject: Corsair 37 or Dragonfly 35: Which Is Better for Blue Water P
Hi Joe -
It's not clear to me what you're asking. Can you clarify any questions?
  Topic: How to connect SeaTalk
Double Horizon

Replies: 4
Views: 103

PostForum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Thu 09 Nov 17, 21:38   Subject: How to connect SeaTalk
One of the display heads should be mounted with 2-sided tape or Butyl sealant, so it is stuck on (not screwed from behind). If you can figure out which one you can gently pry it off (using a plastic ...
  Topic: DFs 920/1000 in Turkey
Double Horizon

Replies: 1
Views: 156

PostForum: General   Posted: Tue 24 Oct 17, 15:06   Subject: DFs 920/1000 in Turkey
Some people may disagree with me, but I do not think any Dragonfly is an ideal boat for a novice, and especially not a novice family of 5.

There are many simpler boats that have more room for crew ...
  Topic: Satisfaction
Double Horizon

Replies: 2
Views: 189

PostForum: DF32 General Topics   Posted: Mon 02 Oct 17, 3:55   Subject: Satisfaction
I sailed the DF32 for a day sail this summer, it was a 2-year old boat. It sails very nicely and it was diesel. I agree with George about the advantages of diesel.
  Topic: Zinc Anode
Double Horizon

Replies: 1
Views: 415

PostForum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Fri 28 Apr 17, 4:51   Subject: Zinc Anode
Hi Robo

Congrats on your DF 1200. I'd be happy to help you out with any information you need. I'm a DIY type and know a lot about these boats. I've been aboard Nice Tri and your bow thruster was n ...
  Topic: Anchoring
Double Horizon

Replies: 9
Views: 757

PostForum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Fri 13 Jan 17, 23:20   Subject: Anchoring
Also, I keep one bridle for travelling (cruising) and the other stays on my home swing mooring, which is permanent. The home mooring bridle has stainless thimbles at the mooring end, and attaches to ...
  Topic: Anchoring
Double Horizon

Replies: 9
Views: 757

PostForum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Fri 13 Jan 17, 23:07   Subject: Anchoring
Thank you Larry.
This is an awesome and very detailed explanation.
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It's my pleasure Fabio. Winter is a good time to learn splicing. I do all my own splices, it is very therapeutic and a nice u ...
  Topic: Anchoring
Double Horizon

Replies: 9
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PostForum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Fri 13 Jan 17, 21:08   Subject: Anchoring
Thank you Larry.
What size Dyneema do you use?
Do you use the eye bolt on the bow of the ama to attach the end pf the bridle?
Do you tie a bowline knot or use another snap hook?
Thanks

I use 1/ ...
  Topic: Anchoring
Double Horizon

Replies: 9
Views: 757

PostForum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Fri 13 Jan 17, 13:46   Subject: Anchoring
I do similar to George. To attach the temporary bridle, I use a short loop of Dyneema in a Prussic knot, for each bridle leg. The ends of both bridle lines each have a large Wichard snap hook, which ...
  Topic: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
Double Horizon

Replies: 10
Views: 1763

PostForum: DF28 General Topics   Posted: Tue 05 Apr 16, 0:59   Subject: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
I think it's great that you want to charter and take some lessons. I would suggest that your first charter be a crewed charter, and tell them you want to be hands-on crew so you can gain a little bit ...
  Topic: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
Double Horizon

Replies: 10
Views: 1763

PostForum: DF28 General Topics   Posted: Mon 04 Apr 16, 21:06   Subject: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
In general, and this goes for ANY sailboat:
1) Trailering (and launching only when you sail) is not a good plan. I've tried it when I was in my 20s with a smaller, simpler boat and that lasted only ...
  Topic: New Sails for Dragonfly 800
Double Horizon

Replies: 6
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PostForum: DF800 Rig/Sails   Posted: Thu 17 Mar 16, 15:51   Subject: New Sails for Dragonfly 800
I'm not familiar with the tape drive PX10T. However I have another Tape Drive sail from UK (using external CF tapes that are stuck on to Aramid scrim within a Mylar laminate) for about 7 years and t ...
  Topic: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
Double Horizon

Replies: 6
Views: 1339

PostForum: General   Posted: Wed 24 Feb 16, 18:07   Subject: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
I have a job where I can only take one week vacations far apart from one another.

That's your issue. If you could take 3-6 months you could make it an adventure.

Without adequate time, another ...
  Topic: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
Double Horizon

Replies: 6
Views: 1339

PostForum: General   Posted: Tue 23 Feb 16, 20:21   Subject: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
Interesting idea. I'm not interested but perhaps Richard S could put you directly in touch with the sellers?
  Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
Double Horizon

Replies: 13
Views: 2065

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Sat 30 Jan 16, 19:21   Subject: Re: Soft paint?
Is soft paint the leaching type of paint?

I used it once and will never do it again. I got that color on everything. It got to ropes, fenders. And from that to other stuff. It was a mess.

Spen ...
  Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
Double Horizon

Replies: 13
Views: 2065

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Mon 04 Jan 16, 5:26   Subject: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
1) Bottom paint -- I concur with George.
2) Haul out -- Buy proper stands or a trailer. Just say NO to saw horses. You can't just put stands anywhere on a Dragonfly. They must be under the water sta ...
  Topic: Whitlock Steering Pedestal support
Double Horizon

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PostForum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Tue 24 Nov 15, 19:30   Subject: Whitlock Steering Pedestal support
The pedestal is called the Lewmar Cobra Monarch, and the ones installed on the 1200 were chain and cable drive.

This is a link to a document for the Cobra Monarch (but the inner workings do not ap ...
  Topic: Whitlock Steering Pedestal support
Double Horizon

Replies: 1
Views: 1090

PostForum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Mon 23 Nov 15, 19:51   Subject: Whitlock Steering Pedestal support
Even though Whitlock was bought by Lewmar, the steering systems were originally made by Jefa about 15 years ago. The Whitlock pedestal installed in the 1200 looks exactly like the Jefa RP300 model. ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
Double Horizon

Replies: 18
Views: 3014

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Thu 15 Oct 15, 3:52   Subject: Losing Weight
I cut the nets the same size/shape as the old nets.

The 1/4" dyneema edge was then woven through the net edges. The ends of the dyneema were then tucked into each other (chinese finger trap) ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
Double Horizon

Replies: 18
Views: 3014

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Sat 03 Oct 15, 5:00   Subject: Re: New Nets
TC is the one with the new nets.
Mine are original, but I personally resewed them with GoreTex Thread.
They'll probably last forever.
I will probably follow TC's lead on replacements after I see hi ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
Double Horizon

Replies: 18
Views: 3014

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Fri 02 Oct 15, 18:19   Subject: Losing Weight
Steve -
I'm curious who sewed your new nets. Was it a local canvas shop or sail maker? Or did you use a net specialist?
  Topic: How to raise a capsized Dragonfly
Double Horizon

Replies: 3
Views: 1735

PostForum: General   Posted: Thu 01 Oct 15, 13:49   Subject: How to raise a capsized Dragonfly
I think you are right Stefan. I should have considered the rig.
  Topic: How to raise a capsized Dragonfly
Double Horizon

Replies: 3
Views: 1735

PostForum: General   Posted: Thu 01 Oct 15, 5:30   Subject: How to raise a capsized Dragonfly
One thing I would NOT do is allow the salvage crew to decide how to pick it up. The owner MUST supervise the workers. If you leave the scene it will end up in the hands of the insurance company and th ...
  Topic: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
Double Horizon

Replies: 7
Views: 2426

PostForum: General   Posted: Wed 30 Sep 15, 2:07   Subject: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
snip
IMHO, 800, 28 and 920 are for protected waters. 35 and 1200 are blue water. 1000 is probably an overbuilt safe sturdy ocean boat (despite TC's desire to lighten up).

The 1000 folding mechanis ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
Double Horizon

Replies: 18
Views: 3014

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Sat 26 Sep 15, 14:17   Subject: Re: Somebody's got to say it...
NO FAT CHICKS !
(unless they're really good crew)

Careful who you say that to. The next weight saving idea might be YOU (being pushed overboard). Sad
  Topic: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
Double Horizon

Replies: 7
Views: 2426

PostForum: General   Posted: Thu 24 Sep 15, 3:14   Subject: Re: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
Another DF 28 capsize ?
Surfing on the web ,this afternoon…..
"Silverruddet regatta" in Denmark ?
Only 30 knds wind (organisator Yacht Club infos )
Are our nice DF boats becoming too &qu ...
  Topic: Supports for dry winter storage DF35
Double Horizon

Replies: 4
Views: 1585

PostForum: DF35 General Topics   Posted: Sat 29 Aug 15, 2:53   Subject: Supports for dry winter storage DF35
Mika -
Where do we buy those rubber shapes? Do they absorb water?
  Topic: Is this old Dragonfly 800 Mk II in poor shape worth fixing?
Double Horizon

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Views: 1899

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Sat 08 Aug 15, 15:19   Subject: Re: Old DF 800 MK2
OUPS !
Run away and very quickly !
It is not a boat ,it's a wreck.
It seems that nothing is genuine on this boat ,and has been repaired "with the feet"
Wait a little ,and you will find ...
  Topic: Breaking Battens on DF28
Double Horizon

Replies: 7
Views: 2199

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 04 Aug 15, 21:18   Subject: Breaking Battens on DF28
I agree
  Topic: Breaking Battens on DF28
Double Horizon

Replies: 7
Views: 2199

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 04 Aug 15, 5:20   Subject: Breaking Battens on DF28
Chicken jibe is the only way to go if you don't want to break things. Uncontrolled crash jibe is for people who don't care about the equipment -- it is bad for everything when you let things slam har ...
  Topic: Mastbase broken
Double Horizon

Replies: 9
Views: 3488

PostForum: DF920 Rig/Sails   Posted: Sun 28 Jun 15, 18:15   Subject: Mastbase broken
I can see how the pin can spread the resistance forces to more parts of the base.

However, in viewing the picture it appears that a tremendous amount of force pushed aft on the forward face of the ...
  Topic: Curtains
Double Horizon

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PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Mon 22 Jun 15, 12:18   Subject: Curtains
The white curtain bar clips will release if you slide to one side. Only one side not the other.
  Topic: Tramps - repair or replace?
Double Horizon

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Views: 2305

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Mon 15 Jun 15, 5:13   Subject: Tramps - repair or replace?
Your instinct is right cogniz -- don't delay that repair because it will fail completely (and hopefully not at the worst possible time).

In my experience, the polyester bolt rope webbing only lasts ...
  Topic: Ama rubbing strake/trim
Double Horizon

Replies: 3
Views: 1389

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Thu 11 Jun 15, 16:50   Subject: Ama rubbing strake/trim
What is the factory name? Can you provide contact information?
  Topic: Mildew stains on cloth
Double Horizon

Replies: 1
Views: 1738

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Wed 10 Jun 15, 16:13   Subject: Mildew stains on cloth
Our wool curtains on the boat had developed widespread mildew spotting, and we found that soaking them overnight in a solution of OxiClean stain remover took care of it, 100%.

I rubbed the stained ...
  Topic: Main halyard block failure (2:1 purchase)
Double Horizon

Replies: 8
Views: 2632

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Fri 05 Jun 15, 14:38   Subject: Main halyard block failure (2:1 purchase)
Thanks, but how do you attach the block to the mainsail headboard -- with a rope shackle?
Rope shackle is too long and slow to operate on top square main when you need to release the top quickly to g ...
  Topic: Holding tank bladder - Lifespan?
Double Horizon

Replies: 5
Views: 1897

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 02 Jun 15, 1:34   Subject: Holding tank bladder - Lifespan?
For smell abatement the answer lies not in cleaners or disinfection. The answer is aeration. Any organic material will decay ... if trapped without fresh air circulation the anaerobic bacteria will ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Double Horizon

Replies: 16
Views: 2821

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Thu 14 May 15, 1:54   Subject: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Must be strong enough to tie dyneema ropes to the bowsprit base plate. No big forces with no movement/momentum. BUT these will possibly interfere with my huge gennaker coming down!

Maybe -- if you ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Double Horizon

Replies: 16
Views: 2821

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Wed 13 May 15, 20:08   Subject: Re: Forward Support for Amas
I also have a DF1000.
I added a line on each side with a snap shackle to the ama.
The center hull attachment is simply tied around the aft end of my bow platform and it's plenty strong imho.

The ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Double Horizon

Replies: 16
Views: 2821

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Wed 13 May 15, 17:45   Subject: Re: Forward Support for Amas
I also have a DF1000.
I added a line on each side with a snap shackle to the ama.
The center hull attachment is simply tied around the aft end of my bow platform and it's plenty strong imho.

The ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Double Horizon

Replies: 16
Views: 2821

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Wed 13 May 15, 5:58   Subject: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
I believe George is referring to a Model 1000. The folding (net) cable failed and the aluminum backup struts were not supported strongly enough at the cockpit wall attachments.

The remedy was to ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Double Horizon

Replies: 16
Views: 2821

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Mon 11 May 15, 17:18   Subject: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Preventative maintenance is always a good thing on a boat. Otherwise things fail and usually at the worst possible moment, as you experienced in this case. Rolling Eyes

You might be able to find suitab ...
  Topic: Sprayhood bar connectors
Double Horizon

Replies: 4
Views: 2112

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Mon 04 May 15, 12:11   Subject: Sprayhood bar connectors
The end pieces are a permanent installation. I think you will need to use a different type of replacement connector that is split and opens wider, such as one that uses two pieces to clamp over the ba ...
  Topic: DF 1200 Cutlass bearing replacement 30mm shaft
Double Horizon

Replies: 0
Views: 1467

PostForum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Tue 21 Apr 15, 14:47   Subject: DF 1200 Cutlass bearing replacement 30mm shaft
For anyone considering this job, the following information may be helpful.

Cutlass bearing dimensions: 30mm ID x 44.45 mm OD x 120mm L This is made by Vetus model# SPRULAGER 30 The outer dime ...
  Topic: General US sources for replacing and repairing gear
Double Horizon

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Views: 3740

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Thu 09 Apr 15, 16:10   Subject: General US sources for replacing and repairing gear
George, Richard was joking -- he really just wanted to see you get in the water. Very Happy

(I'm just kidding).
 
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