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by Steve B.
Wed 26 Jul 23, 16:37
Forum: DF920 Hull
Topic: Can I change the centreplate control lines while afloat?
Replies: 2
Views: 1018

Re: Can I change the centreplate control lines while afloat?

I have replaced our DF 1000 lines while afloat as well.
by Steve B.
Sat 25 Feb 23, 18:34
Forum: General
Topic: Update to DF User Forum
Replies: 3
Views: 20154

Re: Update to DF User Forum

Bo,

Thanks! I'll bookmark my phone and tablet.

Steve
by Steve B.
Tue 16 Aug 22, 17:22
Forum: DF1200 Hull
Topic: replacing trampoline rigging?
Replies: 4
Views: 3204

I left a message on your phone.

Come on over.

Steve
by Steve B.
Wed 10 Aug 22, 21:41
Forum: DF1200 Hull
Topic: replacing trampoline rigging?
Replies: 4
Views: 3204

Re: replacing trampoline rigging?

does anyone have experience with replacing the wiring rigging for the tramps of a 1200 with dynema? i guess the other option is to see if dragonfly sells replacement trampolines and all the rigging that comes with it? i would like to replace with dynema if i could - just wondering what you all thou...
by Steve B.
Thu 17 Mar 22, 4:49
Forum: DF1000 Hull
Topic: Rudder downhaul
Replies: 4
Views: 2519

Pin in DF1000 rudder tube

The pin holds the upper end of a block and tackle. 5:1 as I remember. I have removed mine three times over the years. Once was for replacement of the ss line which attached to the rudder. It can be accessed by removing the downhaul line cover on the aft end of the cockpit. The pin can be removed fai...
by Steve B.
Thu 17 Mar 22, 4:46
Forum: DF1000 Hull
Topic: Rudder downhaul
Replies: 4
Views: 2519

Pin in DF1000 rudder tube

The pin holds the upper end of a block and tackle. 5:1 as I remember. I have removed mine three times over the years. Once was for replacement of the ss line which attached to the rudder. It can be accessed by removing the downhaul line cover on the aft end of the cockpit. The pin can be removed fai...
by Steve B.
Thu 17 Mar 22, 4:45
Forum: DF1000 Hull
Topic: Rudder downhaul
Replies: 4
Views: 2519

Pin in DF1000 rudder tube

The pin holds the upper end of a block and tackle. 5:1 as I remember. I have removed mine three times over the years. Once was for replacement of the ss line which attached to the rudder. It can be accessed by removing the downhaul line cover on the aft end of the cockpit. The pin can be removed fai...
by Steve B.
Mon 25 Jan 21, 18:03
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: CobberCoat experiences
Replies: 9
Views: 4802

Bottom Paint

A good friend keeps his Cal 34 at my dock along with my Dragonfly 1000. He doesn't sail much, and I don't sail anywhere near as much as I like. I live in the Pacific Northwest on a salt water canal which gets rain runoff. Fouling is considered light to moderate. Ten years ago, he hauled and painted ...
by Steve B.
Sun 24 Jan 21, 23:43
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: CobberCoat experiences
Replies: 9
Views: 4802

Bottom Paint

Pettit Trinidad SR with Irgarol isn't what it used to be.

Grr... :(
by Steve B.
Sun 14 Jun 20, 21:01
Forum: DF1000 Hull
Topic: Rain leak near mast
Replies: 18
Views: 17466

Re: Rain Leak Near Mast

Mike, It is interesting your leak was on the port side. I have seen another DF 1000 with the same leak on the starboard side. My boat has had several rain leaks, nearly all of them on the starboard side. Most of them were due to insufficient sealing compound being used during construction. The port ...
by Steve B.
Fri 12 Jun 20, 20:45
Forum: General
Topic: Has Anyone installed a Froli Sleep System?
Replies: 5
Views: 6845

Better Late than Never

We installed the Froli system.
After a few adjustments, we LOVE our berth!
No complaints at all. It is very adjustable, and it's better than the expensive Sleep Number bed in our house.
by Steve B.
Sat 28 Mar 20, 16:56
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Broken net rigging wire
Replies: 5
Views: 4151

Dyneema vs SS in Nets

6 mm in the new mats we have installed.
Previously, I purchased and used 6 mm for our old mats.
by Steve B.
Thu 26 Mar 20, 23:16
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Broken net rigging wire
Replies: 5
Views: 4151

Dyneema vs SS in Nets

I changed to Dyneema several years ago. Loved it.

Last year I replaced the original mats. New mats came with Dyneema.

Do it! It stretches out the air over a short time, so you will need to readjust them a bit, but the result is SO worth it !
by Steve B.
Thu 21 Nov 19, 20:10
Forum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs
Topic: What is this parts in the Boom?
Replies: 14
Views: 7905

Where are all the photos?

Not just the one on this thread either. I can't find any of the old ones.
Or is it just me also? :cry:
by Steve B.
Thu 21 Nov 19, 18:21
Forum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs
Topic: What is this parts in the Boom?
Replies: 14
Views: 7905

Outhaul

My DF1000 #15 has an outhaul crank on the starboard side of the boom about a meter forward of the aft end. It winds a stainless cable which goes aft through a block on the end fitting of the boom then forward across the top to a short piece of track with a car and an upward swiveling U bolt which is...
by Steve B.
Sat 26 Oct 19, 17:16
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Solar cells on amas
Replies: 5
Views: 4873

LifePo4 Charging

I have an external voltage regulator on the alternator which I keep set to 13.6. Most of my charging comes from solar which is regulated by the BlueSky 2512 iX MPPT controller. I have a 20 amp shore power charger which I have not used in years. I have a 200 aH lithium phosphate bank and no separate ...
by Steve B.
Wed 23 Oct 19, 0:37
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Solar cells on amas
Replies: 5
Views: 4873

Solar Cells on Amas

I have two different brands of panels, although they are all semi flexible 120 watts each. 3 on the arch (might add one more) and one on each ama. I have them all wired in parallel, no diodes and fed to a BlueSky 2512 iX MPPT controller, then to the 200 aH Lithium Phosphate battery bank. On a sunny ...
by Steve B.
Fri 18 Oct 19, 16:41
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Solar cells on amas
Replies: 5
Views: 4873

Solar Cells on Amas

I installed a couple of 100 watt panels on the amas about 8 years ago on our DF 1000. I also have three 120 watt flexible panels on an aft arch. I put the wiring in a small diameter pvc tube along the upper inside of each ama supported with zip ties and short ss screws. It's interesting having to wo...
by Steve B.
Fri 23 Aug 19, 17:35
Forum: DF800 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Solar panels positions & power
Replies: 6
Views: 6510

Refrigerator power

I have never heard of a small refrigerator taking only ten watts. Are you sure about that? I have a BD35 compressor (actually two) on my Dragonfly 1000. The fridge has a smart thermostat so it draws about 5 amps on high speed and progressively less on lower speeds. The second compressor is in a Dome...
by Steve B.
Sun 21 Apr 19, 21:06
Forum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Any views on Barton Boomstrut?
Replies: 2
Views: 3562

I installed a Boomkicker

Photo of my boat with a boomkicker installed.
http://www.boomkicker.com/images/Dragon33.jpg

Works great. I installed one in 2001.
I use the preventers on the end of the boom with the mainsheet as a vang.
The company was very helpful in getting everything just right.

http;//www.boomkicker.com
by Steve B.
Mon 11 Feb 19, 18:17
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Replacement pivot point in the join ama-aka DragonFly 1000
Replies: 12
Views: 7762

Ama / Aka Swivel Torque

I purchased my DF1000 (#15) used in 2000.
I adjusted the ama / aka nuts not with a torque setting, but to the point where there just started to be a very slight bind when folding, then I backed off just enough for the bind to disappear. No problems since.
by Steve B.
Thu 07 Feb 19, 0:56
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Replacement pivot point in the join ama-aka DragonFly 1000
Replies: 12
Views: 7762

Form Stability and Mast Support While Folded

I usually keep my boat at my dock unfolded, but I am currently waiting for a couple replacements for my new mats so it's folded. The weather turned very cold and nasty with snow and ice, so even if I wanted to, I am unable to unfold the boat until the weather improves. Recently, after all the above ...
by Steve B.
Mon 21 Jan 19, 20:48
Forum: General
Topic: replacement nets
Replies: 6
Views: 5947

Original Aft Net for DF 1000

I recently replaced my original nets and have one original new aft net which has always been stored indoors.
It's in perfect condition and has never been mounted.
If interested please email me.
jsbond@whidbey.com

Steve B.
by Steve B.
Fri 28 Dec 18, 18:18
Forum: DF800 Hull
Topic: Backstay tension
Replies: 3
Views: 3845

Choppy conditions

If I was looking at those conditions, I'd not be sailing.
by Steve B.
Sat 30 Dec 17, 18:42
Forum: DF35 Hull
Topic: Leaking Ama Top Hatches
Replies: 4
Views: 7091

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 pieces and were easily replaced. Now, the only water intrusion comes when we open the hatches and a bit of r...
by Steve B.
Sat 30 Dec 17, 3:23
Forum: DF35 Hull
Topic: Leaking Ama Top Hatches
Replies: 4
Views: 7091

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.
by Steve B.
Thu 07 Dec 17, 0:54
Forum: General
Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Replies: 13
Views: 14575

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 dredging the bottom to try to even out the flow velocity. I used to live on a slow, artificially dredged r...
by Steve B.
Tue 14 Nov 17, 5:20
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Fridge startup issue
Replies: 3
Views: 5298

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 under and is basically the height of the boom at anchor. It also serves as an aft mounting for our shade c...
by Steve B.
Sat 11 Nov 17, 17:51
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Fridge startup issue
Replies: 3
Views: 5298

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 or more or all of the above. I installed a 200 aH Lithium Phosphate battery bank several years ago. We als...
by Steve B.
Fri 10 Nov 17, 1:47
Forum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: How to connect SeaTalk
Replies: 4
Views: 5137

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. You can tee into a cable either with a Y connector or solder in a splice. It doesn't have to be in ser...
by Steve B.
Mon 04 Sep 17, 22:12
Forum: DF1000 Hull
Topic: Rain leak near mast
Replies: 18
Views: 17466

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 instrument panel onto the starboard end of the closed companionway hatch. It then sneaks under some fo...
by Steve B.
Mon 22 May 17, 20:34
Forum: DF1000 Hull
Topic: Rain leak near mast
Replies: 18
Views: 17466

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 know it showed up on the saloon's forward bulkhead aft top edge a bit to starboard of the door to the head. We h...
by Steve B.
Tue 07 Jun 16, 22:43
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: looking for photos redrill the hinge + install thicker pins
Replies: 1
Views: 4067

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.
by Steve B.
Sun 06 Mar 16, 5:10
Forum: DF1000 Hull
Topic: Who Owns This Boat?
Replies: 1
Views: 4882

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 and previous owners? I'm asking for a friend who has owned lots of boats, but never a multihull. Actually, n...
by Steve B.
Sat 03 Oct 15, 4:45
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19940

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 his.
His dog will probably vouch for their comfort!
by Steve B.
Thu 01 Oct 15, 23:19
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19940

You have the general picture !

I don't want to hijack the thread, but we had to push blubber from below.

Ewww... :oops:
by Steve B.
Thu 01 Oct 15, 19:39
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19940

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 accomodate her. Excuses abounded... She is a dear friend, but we were really glad to see her leave after a ...
by Steve B.
Sat 26 Sep 15, 0:59
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19940

Somebody's got to say it...

NO FAT CHICKS !
(unless they're really good crew)
by Steve B.
Sun 06 Sep 15, 17:06
Forum: DF800 Rig/Sails
Topic: Barton "Wincher"
Replies: 1
Views: 4251

From The Cruiser's Forum

No personal experience, but here's a thread from other sailors:


http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f11 ... 03396.html

Steve
by Steve B.
Sun 23 Aug 15, 21:49
Forum: DF35 General Topics
Topic: Supports for dry winter storage DF35
Replies: 4
Views: 6155

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 attached some short nap carpet with integral padding.
Works great.
by Steve B.
Fri 07 Aug 15, 16:19
Forum: DF800 Hull
Topic: Is this old Dragonfly 800 Mk II in poor shape worth fixing?
Replies: 3
Views: 6171

NOOOOoo !

It does have nice mooring cleats.
by Steve B.
Sun 14 Jun 15, 2:33
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Tramps - repair or replace?
Replies: 6
Views: 7944

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 ago, and it looks like I sewed it yesterday. If you repair the tramps, make SURE it's with Tenara thread....
by Steve B.
Mon 01 Jun 15, 3:10
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: ST40 wind instrument problems
Replies: 3
Views: 5184

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 trip I started to have a problem with the wind angle feeding the autopilot and to make a long story short...
by Steve B.
Wed 13 May 15, 16:17
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Swing out block in SW800 Corroded - Replacement?
Replies: 16
Views: 16414

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.
by Steve B.
Fri 08 May 15, 16:45
Forum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Press button switches for cabin lights.
Replies: 12
Views: 12958

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).
by Steve B.
Mon 27 Apr 15, 4:23
Forum: General
Topic: sunken DF california
Replies: 11
Views: 11131

Does anybody know "The Rest of the Story"?

Who owns the boat now, and where is it?
by Steve B.
Tue 24 Mar 15, 17:12
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: General US sources for replacing and repairing gear
Replies: 18
Views: 17828

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 cost double the estimate ! The next couple of times, I did it myself with UV sail thread. It's not a fun j...
by Steve B.
Fri 27 Feb 15, 19:29
Forum: DF920 General Topics
Topic: Lifting a 920
Replies: 11
Views: 10857

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 pull. (I hope that's a clear description). That makes it less likely to bend the eye to one side. I...
by Steve B.
Thu 09 Oct 14, 17:52
Forum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs
Topic: DF 1000 Outhaul repair
Replies: 0
Views: 5447

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 the crank end in even medium wind. The crank just goes through the boom with a cotter key and washer on...