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post #4485 of Old 08-30-2013
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Re: Interesting Sailboats - Dragonfly 32

Some more thoughts regarding trimarans and monohulls for cruising with performance. The Dragonfly, when taking off, does this without further notice, just increasing speed gradually. At the same time it burries the leeward ama. And a narrow, burried ama does not create a nice planing wake but a deep hole. Also the narrow main hull and transom hang rudder creates not the clean wake I am used to from my windsurfer, my Opium 39 or my sons 29er. Combined with the big area of boat and at least for me problems to find the growe, speed and feel pretty similar regardless of unsteady heading, takes some of the thrill away.

Beating in 10 knots of wind in flat water with Opium, and even with the new Oceanis 38 with heavy wheels and bad sails, gently heeling over is almost as rewarding.

Just to share my difficult evaluation of yesterdays wild session

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