DragonFlyer 3.2 by John Brooks

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Doug Lord, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    Just saw this in Professional BoatBuilder,April/May 2014, pages 18-25. It is very impressive to me-a bit of the old with a bit of the new. Here's Mr. Brooks site: http://www.brooksboatsdesigns.com/
    Hull Length-10.5'
    Beam-4.5'

    And a picture of the boat:
    And pdf of 59 and 70 sq.ft sail plans: (not including asy)
     

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  2. messabout
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    Cute little boat. Absurdly overrigged with an oddball, battened, Gunter and a wild foresail attached to a, retractable I presume, bowsprit. Seems to me that over rigging a tiny boat is hopelessly challenging the laws of physics.

    Oh well, some like chocolate, some like vanilla.
     
  3. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    DragonFlyer

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    You are kidding, right?
     
  4. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    Doug,Naah! It is not over rigged if it's an Aussie 10 or something of that sort. With the child in it, it is a bit much. The boat is only 126 inches long and the asy and a red object that might be a spinnaker, makes it not a "family" boat.

    It is cute and it might be great fun for a sailor who is not risk averse.
     
  5. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    DragonFlyer

    I guess I couldn't disagree more-at least when you consider the beam of the boat-almost as much as a Windmill- and a father sailing with his kid. The ability to teach a kid about an asy spin makes this boat just superb, in my opinon.
    Oh, and the "red object" is the jib-down while they fly the asy.
    Kids learning on this boat would have an advantage over those sailing just a main only dinghy like the 9' Dyer Dhow I learned on.
    I really like it.........
     
  6. messabout
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    Point taken Doug. I still think that a ten and a half footer is pretty small for a teaching vehicle. To each his own.
     

  7. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    DragonFlyer

    I just found this on the website:

    A) Flyer One rig:
    --1 main alone- 44sq.ft.
    --main + jib- 59 sq.ft.

    B) Flyer Two Rig(optional)
    --main alone -51sq.ft.
    --main + jibe- 70 sq.ft.

    asy spin optional with either rig: 35 sq.ft.
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    Hull weight=100lb
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    Note there is a detailed pdf available on the website: "DragonFlyer in photos" which is too big to upload here. Check it out.....
     
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