About DF 35 -- I took it from Puget Sound
to So Cal
a couple years ago. While it was a "coastal" passage
(+/-200nm), it felt pretty "offshore" in 20' swell at the entrance to San Juan
De Fuca (ebb tide + what should've been a 6-10' offshore swell) and during an accidental gybe in ~30kt off Cape Mendocino. Three middle-aged+ dudes who didn't even know each other that well spent 5 consecutive nights on board non-stop and it was fine, I'd do it again. So yeah, I think it's suitable for offshore (I want much more open trampoline mesh for winds >50kt though). Don't plan on using the forward berth when under way, too much movement. I will take it down to Polynesia one day (rounding Cape Horn after is under skeptical consideration). I single
hand it all the time, but wouldn't feel comfortable sleeping under sail with autopilot
(Google the story of ATN's Etienne Giroire).
About DF weight -- yes, it packs (literally) a ton of appliances
(water heater, heater, inboard, water
, holding tank
, two kayaks in amas, etc etc). It also feels to me seriously overbuilt as far as fiberglass
structure. Frankly I prefer it this way for cruising.
Yes, the cockpit
can be enclosed fully. There is a slot in the "roof" to hook up the main sheet for close haul. For off-wind you unhook the mainsheet and use the two preventer sheets
running from the aft cross-beam (you can see them in SFT's pic above). Trimaran
width allows for much better angles/lower loads on both standing and running rigging
. These preventers also replace the function of the traveller for AWA >60.
I've never trailered DF 35, and don't expect to ever. But the one currently for sale
in SF Bay
was trailered from the Great Lakes
, so it obviously is an option. Feels like a major effort to me though, too much for regular seasonal migration.
Don't think the Farrier/Corsair folding system is suitable for keeping the boat in a single
slip, even with bottom paint
on ama-sides. Unless you somehow use two halyards to secure the mast
to the opposite sides of the dock
I've been on DF 1000 once. Think it would be ok to take offshore with two people, but I'd send a pm to Senormechanico for a much more qualified opinion.