Boat Review: Dragonfly 40

Published on January 31st, 2020

Paulo Pernão of Interesting Sailboats traveled to the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show in Germany and reports on the Dragonfly 40 trimaran.


Does it look as good as it does on paper? No, it looks better, absolutely awesome, what a beautiful boat! And the interior looks are even better than in previous models, with an impeccable finish and good taste on the design. Beauty outside and inside and performances to match. What is the catch?

Well, first of all the price, a well equipped boat ready to sail would cost as much as the all carbon Arcona 465, around 750 000 euros with European vat (about 20% less without taxes), then the lack of storage, that is even worse than what I had supposed from the drawings and finally the interior that is really small for a 40fter due not only to a narrow central beam but also due to the hull design that minimizes wet area.

Then, the interior that looks very nice at a first glance is not very practical: the aft cabin is a spacious one even if low (no meaning in talking about standing height – lol), the saloon is narrow and long but for seating on the starboard side comfortably, without the legs hanging, you have to deploy a kind of a step, the forward cabin is really small (the size of one in a 34ft boat) the head and the galley are nicely designed but very small having the galley only a two zone electric ceramic hob, no oven, a vertical refrigerator, a small sink and little storage space. Full report.

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