Dragonfly 800 Swing Wing | Dragonfly

Dragonfly 800 Swing Wing

A modern tour trimaran with emphasis on design and sailing qualities beyond all expectations. Safe, no heeling and trailable. Easy to sail both single-handed and by 2+2 persons.

This boat was built in both a Cruising and a Racing version. Quorning Boats introduced the new Swing Wing system in 1989 on the Dragonfly 800 This invention gave the Dragonfly greater versatility and thereby made it more attractive. Provided with the  this new Swing Wing system, the boat took up much less space when in port, and it was a lot easier to transport it on a trailer. From 1989 and well into the new millennium (2005), we have built 143 Dragonfly 800 Swing Wing.

Sailing in the 3rd Dimension
8.00 m
Beam folded
2.90 m
Max. crew
Max. speed
20 knots
"Sailing like this will never be dull - I surrender!"
Testpilot of the Danish boat magazine "Bådnyt"

Dragonfly 800 Swing Wing Videos

Design & Performance

The Dragonfly 800 Swing Wing offers a functional pantry with teak laminated corners.

The centerboard creates the base for salon table, which can be folded down to provide easy passage. The coach can easily be turned into bunks. The forward cabin offers accommodation for two.

All halyards are lines are led to cokcpit for safe and easy family sailing.

The difference between the Crusing and Racing version is in the rig and sails only.

Reviews, articles & awards

Dragonfly 800 - fast cruising on 3 hulls!

Multihulls World

Text and photos: Gilles Ruffet

Trailerbares Dreibein für Fahrten- und Regattasegeln

Skipper - November 1988

Text & photos: Holstermann

(Test in German)

Dette er cruising med turbo og femte gear

Bådnyt - November 1990

Text and photos: Knut Iversen and Henrik Hansen

(Test in Danish)


To inform and illustrate recommended service, maintenance, and refitting on an older Dragonfly, we have drawn this general information sheet. Rough elements, like strong winds and wave conditions, strong saltwater and UV do have some impact on the boat after a long sailing life.

We strongly recommend servicing and changing vital parts on your boat according to our recommendations. This information overrules any other former information you may have, as the following is based on updated knowledge.

Visual check of all cables is still required when changing the rigging. When trailering the boat, we strongly recommend focusing on side stay cables, as these easily bend when stepping the mast. Bended side stay cables near the terminal may cause the side stay cable to break.

On all Dragonflys, please regularly check the forestay cable in the top by the terminal. When furling, the spinnaker halyard may block the forestay, which can cause failure of the forestay.

On all Dragonflys, we recommend re-stitching (sewing) along the seems of the trampolines every 6-7 years (in climates with strong UV, every 5 years). Normally, our clients change their trampolines after 10-12 years use.

On Dragonflys built after 1989, the white 5 mm Teflon pad rings on the float deck need to be changed every 13-15 years – this is neither critical nor structural. For easy change of these pads/rings, you just bolt off the floats from the wings.

Over the years, Quorning Boats has used the riggings links, so-called Quick-Links, in the Dragonfly production. When replacing these, it is of utmost importance to purchase links of same high quality or similar products carrying same strength (working load). Many products look the same, but do not carry the same strength.

Original parts can be ordered at Quorning Boats at aftersales@dragonfly.dk

Common spare parts can be shipped within two weeks, whereas special parts and/or custom-made parts usually are served within 6-8 weeks.

For orders below EUR 100.- excl. VAT, we charge a handling fee of EUR 15.-

Parts ordered at Quorning Boats Denmark, will be produced in originally designed materials. Should you choose to order from other suppliers, please check that the same kind of materials are used – especially on the waterstays and other rigging parts, where stronger Dyeform cables are needed.

DRAGONFLY 800 FIX WING (not foldable – built 1987-1989)
DRAGONFLY 25/760 FIX WING (not foldable – built 1980-1986)

Waterstays – every 7 years, or by max 10,000 NM
Side stays – every 7 years, or by max 10,000 NM
Diamond spreader stays – every 15 years
Forestay with cable – every 10 years, or, by max 10,000 NM

If your forestay furling system does not include inside forestay, this needs to be visually checked every year. We strongly recommend changing this after 15 years.

Fix Wing Dragonflys with aluminum beams

We strongly recommend checking the quality of the aluminum beams every year, as these may get damaged/corroded by the attachment to the waterstays. Further, please check the beams, where they touch the main hull cabin/cockpit side, as there may be corrosion due to chafing. We recommend hiring a professional to check this (if you are not experienced yourself).


Specifications Dragonfly 800 Swing Wing Cruising Racing
Length, overall center hull, excl rudder 8.00 m 8.00 m 
Length, waterline center hull 7.60 m 7.60 m 
Length, folded 9.00 m 9.00 m 
Beam, max 6.00 m 6.00 m 
Beam, folded 2.90 m 2.90 m
Draft, incl centerboard 1.50 m 1.50 m
Draft, excl centerboard 0.40 m 0.40 m
Draft folded, excl centerboard 0.35 m 0.35 m
Weight of basic boat, incl sails, battery and outboard engine 1,100 kgs  1,100 kgs 
Payload, incl crew  600 kgs 600 kgs 
Max total weight, excl crew 1,320 kgs  1,320 kgs 
Water tank 35 l  35 l 
Fuel tank  15 l 15 l 
Holding tank (optional)  30 l 30 l 
Engine outboard (recommended) 8.0 hp/5.9 kw  8.0 hp/5.9 kw 
Max engine hp 10 hp/7.5 kw 10 hp/7.5 kw
Mast section in total, excl antennas 11.10 m 12.10 m
Mast height over water level 12.60 m 13.60 m
Mainsail 22.5 m2 25.8 m2
Standard genoa 13.5 m2 14.9 m2
Spinnaker, symmetric 50 m2 60 m2
Spinnaker, asymmetric 50 m2 60 m2
Bowsprit length 1.20 m 1.20 m
Trailer (Original Brenderup 1605 QB) 485 kgs 485 kgs
Total and max trailer weight 1,600 kgs 1,600 kgs

Designed by Børge Quorning


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