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by Double Horizon
Sun 20 Sep 20, 12:38
Forum: DF1200 Hull
Topic: Centerboard downhaul line replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 14327

I just did this replacement again, and decided to use 10mm (3/8”) line. I tested it in the jam cleat and I think it will hold better in the cleat than the 8 mm line (specified in the manual) my boat came with.
by Double Horizon
Thu 20 Jun 19, 12:36
Forum: DF800 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Solar panels positions & power
Replies: 6
Views: 6519

How many amps does your refrigerator draw? Assume a 50% duty cycle (compressor on/off) x 24 hours. Then consider the rated power of the solar panels you need, and factor for the number of hours of peak sunlight per day, shade from rigging, clouds, and latitude. Most “danfoss” type small refrigerator...
by Double Horizon
Thu 30 May 19, 21:10
Forum: DF32 General Topics
Topic: DF 32 Supreme
Replies: 1
Views: 3463

Call Richard at Dragonfly USA. He can probably advise you.
by Double Horizon
Tue 28 May 19, 11:59
Forum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: DF 1200 compact aft compartment faucet
Replies: 0
Views: 5379

DF 1200 compact aft compartment faucet

Does anyone know where to buy a replacement for the faucet used in the 1200 aft sink?
by Double Horizon
Sat 04 May 19, 12:53
Forum: DF35 General Topics
Topic: Need PHRF handicap rating for Touring DF 35
Replies: 2
Views: 4559

I think you might find it is not rewarding to race in the same around the buoys event with monohulls. There is no way you will ever get a fair rating, and the vast difference in performance increases the risk of collision in tight places.
by Double Horizon
Sat 04 May 19, 12:49
Forum: DF35 Rig/Sails
Topic: Replacing the 2:1 halyard with 1:1
Replies: 1
Views: 4627

You nailed it - the mast compression would double, as would your halyard and sheave loading. You would also need to go up a size in your halyard line. These are critical components. You payed a lot of money for your boat and you should not cut corners on a proper halyard, imho.
by Double Horizon
Wed 06 Feb 19, 23:54
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Replacement pivot point in the join ama-aka DragonFly 1000
Replies: 12
Views: 7767

Ok, I understand that 2 things important: - Spinnaker halyard to the end of the aft cross beam on the side to be repaired - Boat must be UNFOLDED Both AMAs unfolded? Will do that way for sure, even I don't really understand why it's son important the unfolded condition. Thanks again. Before I expla...
by Double Horizon
Tue 05 Feb 19, 21:32
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Replacement pivot point in the join ama-aka DragonFly 1000
Replies: 12
Views: 7767

I just read your post again - NO NOT "stern deck cleat"

You MUST attach to the outer end of the cross beam while the boat is UNFOLDED. Don't even think about trying this unless the boat remains unfolded.
by Double Horizon
Tue 05 Feb 19, 21:23
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Replacement pivot point in the join ama-aka DragonFly 1000
Replies: 12
Views: 7767

(edited) NO NOT "stern deck cleat", you could keep the mast up by securing the spinnaker halyard to the end of the aft cross beam on the side to be repaired, in place of the backstay. I have replaced backstays that way, one at a time. The boat MUST remain unfolded during his operation. (Ma...
by Double Horizon
Tue 05 Feb 19, 3:36
Forum: General
Topic: Life Jacket
Replies: 2
Views: 3650

Glad you are safe! Good advice. On my boat I do not leave the cockpit without a lifejacket or inflatable belt pack, and that is the rule for my crew also. Many times (especially in nice weather) people do not follow this rule and I remind them, saying "you forgot something" and hold the li...
by Double Horizon
Tue 05 Feb 19, 3:28
Forum: HULL issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Replacement pivot point in the join ama-aka DragonFly 1000
Replies: 12
Views: 7767

You will need to grind the fiberglass from underneath until you get to the metal frame that the M20 bolt is welded to. Try not to go all the way through to the outside. This is a big dirty job. Best to dismount the ama and work while it is on its side, wearing protective suit and high quality filter...
by Double Horizon
Mon 02 Jul 18, 15:56
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19946

Re: Center hull connection

Sorry so slow Larry, been overwhelmed with a few things.... I ran the 1/4in dyneema, threaded through the net right up the OEM channel. Before running the combo up the channel, I placed a 1/2in outside diameter x 1in long with 1/4in interior diameter nylon spacer (home depot) at the forward edge, a...
by Double Horizon
Thu 22 Feb 18, 5:27
Forum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: leaded anchor rope
Replies: 1
Views: 4298

Re: leaded anchor rope

Dear All, is there anybody who can suggest the name of a reputable supplier of double braided leaded anchor rope for a DF 1200? Liros makes it, but the end is finished in a thimble that won't go through a windlass of the 1200. http://www.liros.com/en/products/productfinder/details/detail/liros-hand...
by Double Horizon
Wed 06 Dec 17, 20:14
Forum: General
Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Replies: 13
Views: 14576

EarthBM wrote: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 environmental impact statement and gets approval to dredge from local, state and federal officials?
by Double Horizon
Wed 06 Dec 17, 16:22
Forum: General
Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Replies: 13
Views: 14576

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 draw only a few inches of water.
by Double Horizon
Wed 06 Dec 17, 13:28
Forum: General
Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Replies: 13
Views: 14576

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.
by Double Horizon
Wed 06 Dec 17, 5:27
Forum: General
Topic: mooring place with low tide level
Replies: 13
Views: 14576

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 a dock that rests on a mud flat 2 hours out of every 6. The boat would face up a slight grade, gener...
by Double Horizon
Tue 14 Nov 17, 4:15
Forum: Motor/Equipment/Electrics issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Fridge startup issue
Replies: 3
Views: 5308

Hi Steve - would love to see a picture or two showing how you mounted that much solar on a DF 1000.
by Double Horizon
Mon 13 Nov 17, 3:40
Forum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Corsair 37 or Dragonfly 35: Which Is Better for Blue Water P
Replies: 1
Views: 5156

Hi Joe -
It's not clear to me what you're asking. Can you clarify any questions?
by Double Horizon
Thu 09 Nov 17, 21:38
Forum: DF920 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: How to connect SeaTalk
Replies: 4
Views: 5145

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 scraper blade, not metal). Once you have one display head removed, you will be able to reach inside a...
by Double Horizon
Tue 24 Oct 17, 15:06
Forum: General
Topic: DFs 920/1000 in Turkey
Replies: 1
Views: 3549

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, and are more forgiving of mistakes.
by Double Horizon
Mon 02 Oct 17, 3:55
Forum: DF32 General Topics
Topic: Satisfaction
Replies: 6
Views: 6570

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.
by Double Horizon
Fri 28 Apr 17, 4:51
Forum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Zinc Anode
Replies: 1
Views: 4328

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 not factory installed- it was added later. Richard S has my contact info. I only check in here once in a ...
by Double Horizon
Fri 13 Jan 17, 23:20
Forum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Anchoring
Replies: 9
Views: 8525

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 the mooring with 5/8" galvanized bow shackles. It also has floats. I use a multihull bridle plat...
by Double Horizon
Fri 13 Jan 17, 23:07
Forum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Anchoring
Replies: 9
Views: 8525

Thank you Larry. This is an awesome and very detailed explanation. F 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 use of spare time. After I learn something new and do a few splices I then focus on trying to make them lo...
by Double Horizon
Fri 13 Jan 17, 21:08
Forum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Anchoring
Replies: 9
Views: 8525

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 1/4" Dyneema single-braid. The loops at each end are made with a Brummel Lock Splice. I make the loops ...
by Double Horizon
Fri 13 Jan 17, 13:46
Forum: DF35 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Anchoring
Replies: 9
Views: 8525

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 is used to attach to the Dyneema loops. A Prussic knot does not slide under load, and it slides easil...
by Double Horizon
Tue 05 Apr 16, 0:59
Forum: DF28 General Topics
Topic: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
Replies: 10
Views: 11216

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 more experience and learn to handle larger boat. Your first venture into the Caribbean should not be...
by Double Horizon
Mon 04 Apr 16, 21:06
Forum: DF28 General Topics
Topic: DF28 and Caribbean Cruising
Replies: 10
Views: 11216

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 one season. There is too much time and effort involved in rigging and de-rigging. There are people who...
by Double Horizon
Thu 17 Mar 16, 15:51
Forum: DF800 Rig/Sails
Topic: New Sails for Dragonfly 800
Replies: 6
Views: 12243

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 they do not stretch at all. The sails are a good shape and I think UK is a good company. Despite what I...
by Double Horizon
Wed 24 Feb 16, 18:07
Forum: General
Topic: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
Replies: 6
Views: 7265

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 option is adequate money. You could ship it (I'm guessing around $10k). Or you could hire a delivery capta...
by Double Horizon
Tue 23 Feb 16, 20:21
Forum: General
Topic: California - Florida Dragonfly 35/1200 swap?
Replies: 6
Views: 7265

Interesting idea. I'm not interested but perhaps Richard S could put you directly in touch with the sellers?
by Double Horizon
Sat 30 Jan 16, 19:21
Forum: DF800 Hull
Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
Replies: 13
Views: 11115

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. Spent quite a time removing it. Yes but they are not all the same. In the US, Interlux Micron 66 will do what y...
by Double Horizon
Mon 04 Jan 16, 5:26
Forum: DF800 Hull
Topic: Hauling her out for bottom paint and resealing cabin
Replies: 13
Views: 11115

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 stays (where they connect to center hull) or along the centerline of center hull preferably within a foot...
by Double Horizon
Tue 24 Nov 15, 19:30
Forum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Whitlock Steering Pedestal support
Replies: 1
Views: 5208

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 apply because this diagram is shaft drive). https://www.dropbox.com/s/463hjg26d0q6cug/Whitlock%20cobra%20m...
by Double Horizon
Mon 23 Nov 15, 19:51
Forum: DF1200 Motor/Equipment/Electrics
Topic: Whitlock Steering Pedestal support
Replies: 1
Views: 5208

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. This is the link for maintenance instructions. ftp://ftp.jefa.com/steering/maintenance_guides/cable/Je...
by Double Horizon
Thu 15 Oct 15, 3:52
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19946

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) then back out, leaving the bitter ends exposed. I could then adjust the tension by tugging on the bitte...
by Double Horizon
Sat 03 Oct 15, 5:00
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19946

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 his. His dog will probably vouch for their comfort! Yes I had mine sewn with Tenara thread also, and rec...
by Double Horizon
Fri 02 Oct 15, 18:19
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19946

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?
by Double Horizon
Thu 01 Oct 15, 13:49
Forum: General
Topic: How to raise a capsized Dragonfly
Replies: 3
Views: 6233

I think you are right Stefan. I should have considered the rig.
by Double Horizon
Thu 01 Oct 15, 5:30
Forum: General
Topic: How to raise a capsized Dragonfly
Replies: 3
Views: 6233

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 the salvage operators. They do not put the owner's best interests ahead of their own. There is no sing...
by Double Horizon
Wed 30 Sep 15, 2:07
Forum: General
Topic: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
Replies: 9
Views: 10772

gminkovsky wrote: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 mechanism is not as strong as the 35 or 1200. The later designs are more rigid.
by Double Horizon
Sat 26 Sep 15, 14:17
Forum: DF1000 General Topics
Topic: Losing Weight
Replies: 20
Views: 19946

Re: Somebody's got to say it...

Steve B. wrote: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). :(
by Double Horizon
Thu 24 Sep 15, 3:14
Forum: General
Topic: Dragonfly 28 capsize ?
Replies: 9
Views: 10772

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 "ultimate" for us, ordinary sailors ? Be carefull J.Lo 30K and full sail is just pilot error. Ca...
by Double Horizon
Sat 29 Aug 15, 2:53
Forum: DF35 General Topics
Topic: Supports for dry winter storage DF35
Replies: 4
Views: 6161

Mika -
Where do we buy those rubber shapes? Do they absorb water?
by Double Horizon
Sat 08 Aug 15, 15:19
Forum: DF800 Hull
Topic: Is this old Dragonfly 800 Mk II in poor shape worth fixing?
Replies: 3
Views: 6177

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 a nice DF. J.Louis " STRESS FREE" DF 800 MK2 N° 88 I could not agree more! Not even the center...
by Double Horizon
Tue 04 Aug 15, 21:18
Forum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Breaking Battens on DF28
Replies: 7
Views: 8034

I agree
by Double Horizon
Tue 04 Aug 15, 5:20
Forum: Rig/Sail issues concerning all DFs
Topic: Breaking Battens on DF28
Replies: 7
Views: 8034

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 hard -- bad for sails, rigging, and boats. Dangerous for crew too, if you get hit with the boom or swept...
by Double Horizon
Sun 28 Jun 15, 18:15
Forum: DF920 Rig/Sails
Topic: Mastbase broken
Replies: 9
Views: 9509

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 sheave box. The only way this would happen (I think) is if the owner lowered the mast (tilting it forwa...
by Double Horizon
Mon 22 Jun 15, 12:18
Forum: DF920 General Topics
Topic: Curtains
Replies: 2
Views: 5730

The white curtain bar clips will release if you slide to one side. Only one side not the other.