Dragonfly 1200

Designed primarily as a centre-cockpit family cruiser and certainly less racy

than her smaller sisters, the 1200 adds luxury and comfort to the familiar

Dragonfly formula, with electric-powered winches, a windscreen on the

coachroof, an owner’s suite aft with its own heads compartment, standing

headroom in the saloon and a powerful inboard diesel engine. A large

knuckle on the hull, just above the waterline, creates extra interior volume

without dramatically increasing wetted surface area.

She is a powerful beast with impressive dimensions – the upwind sail area

is 94m2 and she boasts an awesome 8.6m (28ft) ‘wingspan’ with her floats

fully extended – but by all accounts she is surprisingly easy for a short-

handed crew to handle.

Hard on the wind in a Force 2 breeze, the YM test team logged 6 knots at

28° to the apparent wind direction. They found her a bit ponderous to tack,

but otherwise highly responsive on the helm, and managed to match the

true wind speed of 9 knots on a reach.

Under power, the standard 55hp Volvo engine drives her along at

10 knots but her turning circle is less suited to negotiating tight corners

than a monohull.

 

LOA 12m (39ft 4in) LOA folded 13.6m (44ft 7in) LWL 11.2m (36ft 8in) Beam (max) 8.6m (28ft

2in) Beam (folded) 4.25m (13ft 1in) Draught 2m (6ft 7in) plate down, 0.8m (2ft 7in) plate up

Displacement
5,500kg (12,125lb) Class association www.dragonfly-trimarans.org