Originally Posted by Mike w
I think the DF 35' is a perfect size if there was a full double aft bunk. Would be cool if the traveler was on a Targa bar, if done right and the wheel
could be removed and the arm could swing out of the way to the side.
The TNT looks nice as well for the price
. The 1200 DF is $600,000 new not including extras and the extras a ridiculously expensive in some cases criminal. At least double to 4x the price
you could get anywhere else. Wonder what they are thinking. Still a very beautiful boat and I guess if you buy it as a long term keeper it would be worth the extra cost. Would be cool to live off of. What kind of daily averages are you seeing on the 1200? Wonder which is faster the DF 35' or the 1200?
The DF-35 does have a full double aft bunk, and it is definitely a faster boat than the DF-1200. The 1200 might have a higher top speed, but the 35 will be faster in light air and get into "the teens" much sooner than the 1200. In moderate 10-20 knot
winds a 35 will run away from a 1200.
What you lose in speed you more than make up in comfort, in the 1200. Not only is it more seaworthy
in bigger seas and stronger winds, but it is much more spacious and more richly finished. The 1200 interior
finish rivals the best "yachts" in the size range, and the craftsmanship is better than the 35 or any other of the newer DF models.
My boat has the base engine
which making 57 HP. We motor
at a cruising speed of 7.5-8 knots, and top speed under power is a hair under 9 knots. You can opt for larger engines (up to 150 HP) and motor
at 15 knots. Under sail it all depends on the winds, sea state and point of sail, but with apparent winds in the 15-25 knot
range we are very comfortable sailing in the 9-14 knot boat speed ranges while loaded for cruising (full tanks
, provisions, dinghy/outboard and tools/spares with family
of 4). I have taken the boat faster but I'm not into racing
or pushing it, and we slow the boat if sea state is rough. I know other people have taken the 1200 much faster.