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ABOUT

MULTIHULL SOLUTIONS

Multihull Solutions Ltd was established in 2005 by experienced multihull sailor Al Wood, after Dragonfly CEO Jens Quorning invited him to become the sole UK dealer for Dragonfly trimarans.

Prior to establishing Multihull Solutions, Al was already the proud owner of an original Dragonfly 25, following many years of racing and cruising multihulls over c.25,000nm offshore in UK waters, transAtlantic and the Mediterranean.

He is a qualified industrial designer with experience of multihull design including the innovative, wheel-chair accessible 36ft catamaran Spirit of Scott Bader. He also undertook design work for Dame Ellen MacArthur’s Offshore Challenges and the Volvo Ocean Race.

His first multihull was the legendary Hobie 16, and since then he’s sailed a huge variety of multihulls including many production and racing boats, plus the spectacular 100+ft maxi-catamarans at over 40 knots (and not forgetting the odd monohull!).

Racing results on a variety of catamarans and trimarans include:

  • 1998 RWYC 2-handed Round Britain & Ireland – 8th overall + Class V winner on Shockwave 34ft tri
  • 2000 Scottish Islands Peaks – race record on 40ft trimaran Mollymawk, held for 10 years
  • 2000 Bol d’Or on Lake Geneva – 10th out of 600 on 8m Firebird cat Orion, 1st production boat
  • 2000 RORC Round Britain & Ireland – line honours + multihull winner on 50ft catamaran
  • 2001 Bequia Easter Regatta – 1st multihull on Firebird cat Phoenix
  • 2001 Round the Island RaceShockwave 34ft tri elapsed 4hr 2mins, then the 4th fastest on record
  • 2001 RORC Cervantes Trophy – line honours in 34ft trimaran Shockwave
  • 2001 RORC Cowes-St Malo – Multihull class winner, Shockwave

+ multiple Round the Island races, including class wins + inaugural ‘Multihull, 2-handed’ winner in 2019 on Dragonfly 28

When the time came to own a multihull for both family cruising and club racing, Al’s experience of most major brands of multihull left only one boat in the running: a Dragonfly.

Today Multihull Solutions Ltd is one of the longest-serving Dragonfly dealers and Al sails a Dragonfly 28 with his family, based in the beautiful Chichester Harbour on the south coast.

“We are very pleased to have Al Wood on board the Dragonfly Team, after taking very good care of the UK market for Dragonfly Trimarans for 15 years.  Al is very professional and you are in very good hands before and not least also after you received your new or secondhand Dragonfly from Al”

Jens Quorning, CEO Quorning Boats ApS

TESTIMONIALS

Thank you very much for your help and advice with the new boat. I don’t think there are many people in the marina industry who put as much effort as you do into a delivery and hand-over, it is greatly appreciated.

A huge thank you for an amazing taster of Dragonfly sailing. Caroline equally impressed with her helm at 17 knots..!

It was very good to meet you and your excellent team. The commissioning by Al was exemplary, very precise and I could not have done the trip without the test sails and running through everything with him

I bought my first Dragonfly (of 3) in 2007.  The whole experience was a real pleasure, from visiting the yard in Denmark, specifying the build and then taking delivery and the continued expert support give by Al.  He has a deep knowledge of the Dragonfly range and has always delivered far more than expected and always willingly, professionally and with a smile.

Al has always been helpful and encouraging and delivers a wonderful service to his clients.  I can’t think of a better person to buy a boat from.

DRAGONFLY TRIMARANS

Dragonfly trimarans are designed and built in Denmark by Quorning Boats ApS, a second-generation, family-owned business and recognised World leaders in high performance trimarans. During their 50+ year history they have built over 1,000 boats and won many international awards and races.

All parts of a Dragonfly trimaran are designed and built in-house, and many other key suppliers are also local. The skilled workforce of around 35 people produce 35-40 trimarans per year. Dragonfly has also been the choice of champions, including Olympic sailing legend Paul Elvstrøm, who’s last boat for 10 years was a modified DF 800, and Elvstrøm Sails remain key partners to this day.

  • 1967

    Quorning Boats established

    Quorning brothers Borge (Jens’ father) and Bent establish Quorning Boats on its current site outside the fishing village of Skaerbaek, to build trimarans for the European market

  • 1968

    First trimaran launched

    Trident 28 launched, but it was a long path to establish trimarans so the yard also built leisure boats

  • 1972

    First ‘Dragonfly’, a 16ft plywood trimaran

    first trimaran called Dragonfly was a 16ft plywood + foam boat for the young Eric and Jens Quorning – no way they would start saying in Optimist. 2nd production hall built, still in use today for DF 25 + DF 32 production.

  • 1980

    1st production Dragonfly launched

    The first production trimaran branded Dragonfly was the 25, designed and built by Borge and Jens.

  • 1985

    Round Britain & Ireland race

    Jens’ brother Eric sailed a modified DF 25 in the 2-handed Round Britain & Ireland Race, winning overall on handicap, while Jens raced his own custom 35ft racing trimaran Quick Step III.

  • 1987

    Dragonfly 800 launched

    Dragonfly 800 launched, initially with similar alloy beams to DF 25, with 300+ built in total

  • 1988

    European Multihull Champions

    Jens won the European Micro-Multihull Championships with Henrik Bøje, and sets 645nm Round Denmark record with brother Eric, both on DF 800 MkII

  • 1989

    Swing Wing unveiled

    updated Dragonfly 800 MkIII was introduced with the now-familiar GRP moulded wings and the innovative Swing Wing system – probably the greatest step in the Dragonfly history, allowing the boats to fold quickly to reduce beam by 50% for the marina.

  • 1991

    Dragonfly 1000 launched

    Dragonfly 1000, their first offshore trimaran, was introduced which was a big step for the yard and 42 were built until 2002.

  • 1993

    European Multihull Champions

    Jens and Henrik Bøje won their 2nd European Micro-Multihull Championships, on DF 800 Mk3

  • 1995

    Jens Quorning takes over the helm

    Jens Quorning took full control of the business as his parents Børge and Bit retired, and two new productions halls were built to allow expansion

  • 1996

    Dragonfly 920 launched

    Dragonfly 920 was introduced and was one of the first production boats with a carbon mast as standard. By the time it was effectively replaced by Dragonfly 28 in 2009, 165 of these trailerable offshore cruisers were built.

  • 2000

    Dragonfly 1200 - The Danish Design Prize

    Dragonfly contribution to the new millennium is the Dragonfly 1200, a new ocean cruiser flagship for which Jens proudly received The Danish Design Prize from the His Royal Highness, Crown Prince of Denmark

  • 2003

    Dragonfly 920 Extreme - Award win

    Dragonfly 920 Extreme awarded ‘European Yacht of the Year’ for boats up to 30ft by the jury of top international yachting journalists

  • 2006

    Dragonfly 35 introduced

    Dragonfly 35 introduced. This spectacular performance trimmer was ahead of its time, and the first Dragonfly designed in 3D with computer-milled tooling. An incredible 17 boats were sold before the launch and almost 50 in total

  • 2007

    Dragonfly 35 - Award winning

    Dragonfly 35 won the prestigious title ‘European Yacht of the Year’ in the Multihull category, in recognition of its unique combination of performance and quality

  • 2009

    Dragonfly 28 - Sets the benchmark

    Dragonfly 28 replaces the DF 920, and was the first Dragonfly to fold ready to trailer with only the mast to lower. It remains the benchmark for trailerable trimarans and by 2020 well over 200 have been built in 3 versions

  • 2012

    Dragonfly 32 launched

    Dragonfly 32 launched as a smaller and more dynamic version of the Dragonfly 35, also benefitting for advances in design and technology. By summer 2020 almost 70 have been built

  • 2013

    Award winning

    Dragonfly 32 wins Yachts & Yachting Awards 2013 – Best Performance Boat over 30ft

  • 2015

    New Dragonfly 25

    New Dragonfly 25 launched as spiritual successor to the classic DF 800, with Touring and Sport versions. Awarded SAIL magazine’s Best Boats – small cruiser

  • 2016

    New Dragonfly 25 - European Yacht of the Year

    Dragonfly 25 wins European Yacht of the Year in the Multihull category, the third time a Dragonfly is awarded this prestigious title by the top yachting journalists. The spectacular new Dragonfly 28 Performance is introduced, with new wave-piercing floats and updated deck design

  • 2017

    Milestone

    50 Years of Dragonfly, 1967 – 2017

  • 2018

  • 2019

  • 2020

    New Dragonfly 40

    New Dragonfly 40 flagship premieres at Düsseldorf boat show

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