Quick Look: Dragonfly 1200

Best Cruising Multihull

October 17, 2001

The popularity of multihulls among sailors today is nothing short of revolutionary. Forty-two multihulls lined the boat-show docks in Annapolis last October, and the Multihull Demo Days took 1,500 people on test sails. Three catamarans and one tri constitute this year’s Cruising Multihull category: the Manta 42, the Fountaine Pajot Belize 43, the Catana 472, and the Dragonfly 1200. The prize goes to a Danish-built marvel of engineering: The Dragonfly 1200 trimaran. Folding amas for docking in traditional slips, cruising speeds of 15 knots under power, and Pullman-car elegance in the accomodations all tipped the scales in this boat’s favor.

As of 2016, the Dragonfly 1200 is still in production ny Dragonfly, with updated models available. Specs are for current models.

Dragonfly 1200 Specs

Length overall center hull 11.96 m
Length waterline center hull 11.20 m
Length folded 13.65 m
Beam max 8.60 m
Beam folded 4.30 m
Draft, incl centerboard 2.00 m
Draft, excl centerboard 0.75 m
Weight of standard boat, ready to sail 5,700 kgs
Max payload, incl crew 7,230 kgs
Water capacity 180 l
Fuel tank 165 l
Holding tank (optional) 80 l
Max engine hp 150 hp/110 kw
Mainsail 60 m2
Standard genoa 35 m2
Spinnaker, asymmetric 130 m2


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