Strider Sold: 10November2017

Sold to a young family sailing out of Victoria, British Columbia!

Strider was a fresh water boat on Lake Michigan until 2011.  Previous history is available here.

Attributed Dragonfly 1000 reviews are available here.

Recent photos are below the specification list (exterior, interior from fore to aft, cockpit).  More details are scattered throughout the blog labeled under:  Projects.


1995, Hull 17

Epoxy Barrier Coat
Pettit Trinidad 2013 and freshed 2015


Refrigerator 12V Isotherm CR49 (2011)
ARDIC - Diesel Forced Air Furnace
Wallas 85D 270 ceramic cook top – (2009)
Fresh and Salt Faucets in Galley
Fresh Water System upgraded to PEX
Water Tank (100 l) Access Installed
Leather Upgrade
Upgraded fabric
Bug screens for main cabin and v-berth hatches
ARDIC 4 gal Hot water heater
Raritan PHII lower body unit replaced OEM head lower unit
Interior Shower w/ curtain & sump pump (wet head)
Solar Vent in Head (2015)
Holding Tank (14.5 gal)
LED Lights Throughout including Navigation Lights

Transom Railing with Ladder
Shower on Transom w/salt-fresh Y valve
Custom Cockpit Enclosure (2012) - Full enclosure
New Lexan Windscreen
Custom Cockpit Teak Folding Table
Leather Bound Wheel

Fortress FX16 Anchor
Fitting with rollers
40ft 1/4 BBB Chain
200ft 1/2 Braided Nylon Road
8 pound Kellet


Shore power - 15 amp/110 volt
180Ah Calb LiFePO4 Batteries
300 Watts Aurinco Solar Panel
2x Genasun GV-10 MPPT Solar Controllers
Lightning Grounding strap
Multiple 12v Sockets
Multiple USB Sockets


Bowsprit/Stainless Steel and Teak
Screacher (Neil Pryde) w/Roller Furler
105 Genoa (Evstrom) w/Roller Furler
Roundtop Full Batten Main (Evstrom)

  • 2 46ST Winches
  • 4 28ST Winches
Fredricksen Blocks and Hardware, some replaced with Dyneema and low friction rings


  • ST60 Plus Wind Vane System (2008)
  • ST50 Plus Speed System
  • ST50 Depth System
  • ST50 Plus Multi-repeater
  • ST50 Plus GPS System
  • ST 4000w Autohelm
  • SmartController Wireless Autohelm Remote
Standard Horizon GX2200 with AIS Reciever/GPS/DSC/Hailer Horn Speaker
Sony Marine CDX-M30 CD
Upgraded ShowMeCables Ultra Flex LMR-400, Low Loss, Antenna Wire
Cabin Speakers
Cockpit Speakers

Spectra Ventura 150 Watermaker (6.3gph @ 9Amps)

Fuel Gauge
Water Gauge

  • Waterstays
  • Nets (OEM have been retained)
  • Running Backstays (OEM have been retained)
  • 2nd Reef  (OEM has been retained)
Volvo Marine Diesel MD2020:
  • 18hp 3-cylinder
  • Guessing about 1000hrs
  • Sips 1/3gph at 2100rpm making 5kts
  • About 1/2gph at 3000rpm making 6.5kts

13.2 gal Fuel Tank
Canvas Cover

Exterior Photos:

Extended, 25ft wide

Folded, 12.5ft wide

Custom Canvas

Removable T Top for Easy Entry

Removable T Top
Solar Layout, Original Netting (Retained)

Interior Photos, V-Berth:

Nearly Queen Size V-Berth

Lockers Open

V-Berth, Cushions Removed

V-Berth Stowage

V-Berth Stowage

V-Berth, Water Tank w/Access Port
V-Berth Stowage, Y Valve

V-Berth, from Saloon via Head

Interior Photos, Head:

Port Side, Stowage Shelf and Cabinet

New Stainless Sink, Toilet

Fold Down Seating above Toilet

Starboard Side Lockers

Aft Locker Shelves

Forward Locker Hanging

 Interior Photos, Saloon:

Starboard: Galley

Starboard: Galley

Starboard: Galley

Starboard: Leather Seating

Port: Leather Seating

A section of the table has been removed to allow for expanded refrigeration.  Removed piece has been retained.

Saloon Deck

View aft from head

Port Aft Electrical Panel, VHF and AM/FM/CD

Starboard Side Aft


 It was raining this day....


Port Forward


Starboard, Forward


Wheel, Binnacle

Port showing Watermaker Instruments

Port, Engine Instruments

Aft, Transom, remember, it was raining....

Raymarine Instruments over Companionway

Raymarine Instruments over Companionway


  1. Thank you for the wealth of information on sailing issues in general and on Dragonfly in particular!

    Could we pry into your privacy and ask why Strider was sold? The previous blogs did nothing but shine with owners joy.

    1. While I really enjoyed Strider, particularly being able to sail her while others were motoring and having all the exterior space, she was just a little too...snug(?) for comfort.
      I'm 6'2" and there was only 1 spot inside where I could stand comfortably: at the galley sink with my head out the companionway! Too many head bonks and moving hunched over.
      More importantly though was a health problem and we were not using her as we'd have liked. No sense in letting her rot on a dock!