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  Topic: Leaking Ama Top Hatches
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 348

PostForum: DF35 Hull   Posted: Sat 30 Dec 17, 18:42   Subject: Leaking Hatches
We bought our boat when it was five years old, and it had spent one year in Mexico.

The first time it rained, we had water in all the ama compartments.
The "O" rings were in several piec ...
  Topic: Leaking Ama Top Hatches
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 348

PostForum: DF35 Hull   Posted: Sat 30 Dec 17, 3:23   Subject: Ama Hatch Seals
If the DF35 hatches are similar to the DF1000, they have "O" rings on the hatch handle shafts and are easily replaced, and cheap from the hardware store.
  Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Steve B.

Replies: 13
Views: 6513

PostForum: General   Posted: Thu 07 Dec 17, 0:54   Subject: How Wide is the Tidal Creek?
If there's a way to make the proposed spot narrower, the creek will evenutally AUTOMATICALLY get deeper all by itself.

The movement of the water will accelerate in a narrow spot, thereby slowly dre ...
  Topic: Fridge startup issue
Steve B.

Replies: 3
Views: 475

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 14 Nov 17, 5:20   Subject: Solar panels on DF 1000
We have an arch on the stern with 2 120 watt semi flexible panels end to end in a V shape which is in a line from the aft ends of the amas to the aft end of the rudder.
It's high enough to walk und ...
  Topic: Fridge startup issue
Steve B.

Replies: 3
Views: 475

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sat 11 Nov 17, 17:51   Subject: Inverter Scream
My bet is either mushy battery bank due to age or insufficient charge.
Next, insufficient wire size feeding the inverter.
Third, poor or corroded connections to inverter input.

It is either one o ...
  Topic: How to connect SeaTalk
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 318

PostForum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Fri 10 Nov 17, 1:47   Subject: SeaTalk connections
There are three wires in a SeaTalk cable.
+12 volts is red, Ground is black, and the SeaTalk data line is yellow.
The instruments are usually daisy chained, passing power and SeaTalk to each other. ...
  Topic: Rain leak near mast
Steve B.

Replies: 14
Views: 7206

PostForum: DF1000 Hull   Posted: Mon 04 Sep 17, 22:12   Subject: Rain Leak Near Mast
After successfully diverting the rain with the aforementioned Sunbrella cover over the companionway hatch, I finally had time to do some more investigating.

The rain leak starts as it drips off the ...
  Topic: Rain leak near mast
Steve B.

Replies: 14
Views: 7206

PostForum: DF1000 Hull   Posted: Mon 22 May 17, 20:34   Subject: Rain Leak Near Mast
GOOD NEWS !

Well, sort of. After trying many many fixes for the rain leak which showed many years ago, we have now found the source of the leak !

If you have been reading this thread, you kn ...
  Topic: looking for photos redrill the hinge + install thicker pins
Steve B.

Replies: 1
Views: 855

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 07 Jun 16, 22:43   Subject: Pins
I took out the hinges and had the holes welded smaller.
I then filed them to fit the original pins.
Worked fine, that was at least ten years ago.
Stik
Still a nice and snug fit.
  Topic: Who Owns This Boat?
Steve B.

Replies: 1
Views: 1265

PostForum: DF1000 Hull   Posted: Sun 06 Mar 16, 5:10   Subject: Who Owns This Boat?
There is a Dragonfly 1000 listed for sale on TheMultihullCompany.com

http://www.multihullcompany.com/Trimaran_for_Sale/DRAGONFLY_TRIMARAN/TRI_FLING

Does anybody here know history of this boat an ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
Steve B.

Replies: 18
Views: 3579

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Sat 03 Oct 15, 4:45   Subject: 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
Steve B.

Replies: 18
Views: 3579

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Thu 01 Oct 15, 23:19   Subject: You have the general picture !
I don't want to hijack the thread, but we had to push blubber from below.

Ewww... Embarassed
  Topic: Losing Weight
Steve B.

Replies: 18
Views: 3579

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Thu 01 Oct 15, 19:39   Subject: There's Comfort Fat, then there's FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT
I won't bore anyone with the details, but we had a FAAAAAAAAT guest (approx 5 feet 2 inches and 350 lbs) while cruising in Mexico and you wouldn't believe all the concessions we had to make to accomod ...
  Topic: Losing Weight
Steve B.

Replies: 18
Views: 3579

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Sat 26 Sep 15, 0:59   Subject: Somebody's got to say it...
NO FAT CHICKS !
(unless they're really good crew)
  Topic: Barton "Wincher"
Steve B.

Replies: 1
Views: 1330

PostForum: DF800 Rig/Sails   Posted: Sun 06 Sep 15, 17:06   Subject: From The Cruiser's Forum
No personal experience, but here's a thread from other sailors:


http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f116/the-wincher-103396.html

Steve
  Topic: Supports for dry winter storage DF35
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 1853

PostForum: DF35 General Topics   Posted: Sun 23 Aug 15, 21:49   Subject: Support block shape
I have a DF1000, but the shape needed is similar.
Several years ago, I replaced the blocks on my original cradle.
I used 4"x4" blocks about a foot long and rounded the tops.
I then attach ...
  Topic: Is this old Dragonfly 800 Mk II in poor shape worth fixing?
Steve B.

Replies: 3
Views: 2133

PostForum: DF800 Hull   Posted: Fri 07 Aug 15, 16:19   Subject: NOOOOoo !
It does have nice mooring cleats.
  Topic: Tramps - repair or replace?
Steve B.

Replies: 6
Views: 2627

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sun 14 Jun 15, 2:33   Subject: Mat Repair
I resewed my DF1000 mats a couple of times with sail thread.
Each time it only lasted a couple of years.
Then I resewed them with Tenara thread (GoreTex) from sailrite.com
That was about 8 years ag ...
  Topic: ST40 wind instrument problems
Steve B.

Replies: 3
Views: 1514

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Mon 01 Jun 15, 3:10   Subject: ST Gauge Problems DF 1000
I just returned from a week's sail to the San Juan Islands in Washington State, about a six hour sail each way.
My ST 50 Autohelm Raytheon instruments are all connected by SeaTalk.

On the return t ...
  Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Steve B.

Replies: 16
Views: 3269

PostForum: HULL issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Wed 13 May 15, 16:17   Subject: 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.
  Topic: Press button switches for cabin lights.
Steve B.

Replies: 12
Views: 6557

PostForum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics   Posted: Fri 08 May 15, 16:45   Subject: Follow the "Click" sound
On my DF1000, there are several relays for lights.
They are mounted behind the electrical panel.

Listen for the click sound and you should be able to find your relay(s).
  Topic: sunken DF california
Steve B.

Replies: 11
Views: 5597

PostForum: General   Posted: Mon 27 Apr 15, 4:23   Subject: Does anybody know "The Rest of the Story"?
Who owns the boat now, and where is it?
  Topic: General US sources for replacing and repairing gear
Steve B.

Replies: 18
Views: 4117

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 24 Mar 15, 17:12   Subject: Restitching Trampolines
My DF1000 trampolines needed restitching about every two years here in the Pacific Northwest.

The first time, I paid to have it done.
The job was done not on time, had crappy workmanship and it ...
  Topic: Lifting a 920
Steve B.

Replies: 11
Views: 5688

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Fri 27 Feb 15, 19:29   Subject: Lifting a 920
The factory recommendation is to rotate the eyes so the angle of pull is somewhat aligned with the long dimension of steel that makes the eye, and the hole in the eye is perpendicular to the angle of ...
  Topic: DF 1000 Outhaul repair
Steve B.

Replies: 0
Views: 1522

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Thu 09 Oct 14, 17:52   Subject: DF 1000 Outhaul repair
My DF 1000 outhaul crank needs new bushings, or so I suspect.

It used to be adjustable in all but high winds without a problem, but now the aft crank retainer hole doesn't line up enough to insert ...
  Topic: Has Anyone installed a Froli Sleep System?
Steve B.

Replies: 2
Views: 2401

PostForum: General   Posted: Sun 07 Sep 14, 17:16   Subject: Froli Sleep System and Memory Foam
After a lot of research, we have decided to install a Froli system along with a 3" 4lb density memory foam topper with our hypervent on the bottom of the foam, but above the Froli.
This was reco ...
  Topic: DF 1000 RAIN LEAK FINALLY FIXED !!
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 2333

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sun 08 Jun 14, 4:12   Subject: An Update
It hasn't rained since I repaired the leak(s), but I removed and serviced the winches on either side of the companionway.

Both were insufficiently bedded, and after a week of hot sunny days it was ...
  Topic: DF 1000 RAIN LEAK FINALLY FIXED !!
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 2333

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Tue 03 Jun 14, 21:22   Subject: Tunnel leak
The turning block at the mast was insufficiently bedded.
The lower mounting screws sit in a puddle.
The nuts on the back side weren't accessable and were turning with the screw. Argh.
I ended up ...
  Topic: DF 1000 RAIN LEAK FINALLY FIXED !!
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 2333

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sun 01 Jun 14, 23:53   Subject: DF 1000 RAIN LEAK FINALLY FIXED !!
I've owned this boat since 2000, and have had a rain leak which showed up on the aft top middle edge on the starboard side of the saloon bulkhead.
It started to discolor the wood and I was concerned ...
  Topic: Has Anyone installed a Froli Sleep System?
Steve B.

Replies: 2
Views: 2401

PostForum: General   Posted: Sat 10 May 14, 17:04   Subject: Has Anyone installed a Froli Sleep System?
In the interest of a good night's sleep and trying to save weight, I'm considering installing the Froli Sleep System on my DF 1000.
We currently have the original foam (pretty well gone due to age) w ...
  Topic: Removing stripes?
Steve B.

Replies: 9
Views: 3167

PostForum: General   Posted: Tue 22 Apr 14, 16:36   Subject: Removing stripes?
Either a hair dryer or a heat gun should do the trick.
I would start with a hair dryer.
We removed some of the striping on our hull with a hair dryer, but a heat gun would definitely be too much for ...
  Topic: Rudder Downhaul
Steve B.

Replies: 3
Views: 3009

PostForum: DF1200 Rig/Sails   Posted: Mon 14 Apr 14, 16:10   Subject: Rudder Downhaul
Our cable is original from 1995 and still in good shape, but the shackle which connects it to the rudder fitting failed just after leaving the dock !
I'm sure glad it didn't fail as we were crossing ...
  Topic: Mastbase broken
Steve B.

Replies: 9
Views: 3774

PostForum: DF920 Rig/Sails   Posted: Thu 13 Mar 14, 17:00   Subject: Mastbase broken
Take it to a good welder, and tell them it's on a boat and in salt water.
They should be able to make it as good as new.
  Topic: Plans for shipyard trailer
Steve B.

Replies: 16
Views: 4818

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Wed 12 Mar 14, 20:06   Subject: Plans for shipyard trailer
Same place aft. Under the waterstay chainplate and slightly aft.
That's where the bulkhead is located.
  Topic: Plans for shipyard trailer
Steve B.

Replies: 16
Views: 4818

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Wed 12 Mar 14, 17:30   Subject: Boat support locations
I have the original cradle for my DF1000.
The four pads support the main hull immediately beneath the water stay chainplates at the hull flare (forward and aft main internal bulkheads).

There are ...
  Topic: I found my next boat!
Steve B.

Replies: 2
Views: 2387

PostForum: General   Posted: Sat 15 Feb 14, 17:44   Subject: You Beat Me To It !
I was just going to post the same link.

I wonder what Quorning Dragonfly thinks of this... Rolling Eyes
  Topic: Water Tank Access
Steve B.

Replies: 4
Views: 3093

PostForum: DF1000 General Topics   Posted: Tue 14 Jan 14, 18:02   Subject: Hot Water Tank Outlet Hose Softening
Larry,

I have.

Several years ago, we had to motor about ten miles in windless conditions.
As we were nearly out of water, I fired up the Spectra watermaker.

When we got to our new anchorage, ...
  Topic: change the forestay and roller reefing ballbearings
Steve B.

Replies: 7
Views: 4318

PostForum: DF800 Rig/Sails   Posted: Mon 11 Nov 13, 0:13   Subject: JP Please post photos of the lower drum
I have DF 1000 #15 and have redone the upper bearings, but not the furling drum.
I'd really appreciate photos of your furler drum rebuild.
Thanks in advance,

Steve
  Topic: Sizing gear for Trimarans...
Steve B.

Replies: 14
Views: 4035

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sat 21 Sep 13, 15:43   Subject: Sizing gear for Trimarans...
Nobody has mentioned the angle at which a dragonfly cap shroud takes the loads vs. a monohull's upper shrouds.

A mono has to support a similar sized mast over a narrow main hull's beam where a Drag ...
  Topic: Sizing gear for Trimarans...
Steve B.

Replies: 14
Views: 4035

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sat 14 Sep 13, 15:52   Subject: Sizing gear for Trimarans...
I've had both, a heavy displacement full keel mono (Lord Nelson 35) and a Dragonfly 1000.

We sailed from Washington State to Mexico, cruised there for a few years.
We've owned the Dragonfly since ...
  Topic: Sizing gear for Trimarans...
Steve B.

Replies: 14
Views: 4035

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sat 14 Sep 13, 4:30   Subject: Speed and Loads
I doubt the loads are higher.
Boat weighs less and has less wetted surface, thus faster.
Wink
  Topic: Main halyard broke!
Steve B.

Replies: 26
Views: 10095

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Mon 09 Sep 13, 4:08   Subject: Bight/loop idea
Get cranked up on the 2:1.
Tie off at masthead with a temporary extra piece of line.
Ease halyard, chop, shorten and retie.
Retension halyard, untie your temporary extra line, descend.
  Topic: Motor battery problem
Steve B.

Replies: 1
Views: 2386

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Fri 23 Aug 13, 19:43   Subject: How long is "a while"?
I looked up the specs on the ACR.
It says it disconnects at ten seconds @ 12.3 V. or thirty seconds @ 12.75 V.

I suspect a high resistance connection from the start battery.
Check the negative le ...
  Topic: Lifting a 920
Steve B.

Replies: 11
Views: 5688

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Thu 15 Aug 13, 16:39   Subject: Lifting a 920
That's a good idea, but the factory lifting harness puts side loads on the eyes, just in a different direction.
  Topic: Lifting a 920
Steve B.

Replies: 11
Views: 5688

PostForum: DF920 General Topics   Posted: Wed 14 Aug 13, 23:28   Subject: Lifting a 920
If you're using a travelift, have them disconnect the straps and shackle directly to the lifting eyes.
The lift can adjust the distance between the forward and aft lifting points.
That's how I've ha ...
  Topic: Gennaker sheet
Steve B.

Replies: 3
Views: 2469

PostForum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Sun 04 Aug 13, 0:01   Subject: Gennaker sheet inside or outside?
I have tried it both ways, and prefer inside.
If done outside and your timing isn't perfect, the sheet can go under the boat.
Inside with bad timing, you can get caught on a dock cleat, or get an ho ...
  Topic: Series vs. Parralel for Solar Panels
Steve B.

Replies: 10
Views: 3918

PostForum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs   Posted: Wed 31 Jul 13, 19:48   Subject: Wire thru aka/ama interface
I installed a HAM radio using the same wiring scheme between aka and ama for the coax and auto tuner.
I mounted the tuner in the port aft compartment.
It would not have been possible for anyone larg ...
  Topic: Broken deck cleat
Steve B.

Replies: 9
Views: 3992

PostForum: DF1000 Hull   Posted: Mon 17 Jun 13, 17:11   Subject: NOOOOoooooo !!!!
I'm amazed you haven't been dismasted.

The stays should go to the amas, splitting into a "Y" at an oval threaded fitting about four feet above the ama decks.
The forward part of the &quo ...
  Topic: sunken DF california
Steve B.

Replies: 11
Views: 5597

PostForum: General   Posted: Sun 02 Jun 13, 23:30   Subject: That sunken DF in California has a new problem
While perusing the Raymarine forum, I ran across a picture of a folded DF1000 in between two Bayliner power boats.
The title of the pic is "Trimaran Mast fell over on my boat after high winds&qu ...
  Topic: Broken deck cleat
Steve B.

Replies: 9
Views: 3992

PostForum: DF1000 Hull   Posted: Fri 31 May 13, 18:58   Subject: Backstay??
I don't understand what you are doing.
I have a DF1000 (#15) and there's no backstay.

Steve
 
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