ALMOST 50 YEARS OF TRIMARANS
Quorning Boats was founded in 1967 by Børge Quorning with the aim to build safe high quality trimarans with high performance and to set new standards in sailing. Today, Quorning Boats is still located in the same place, where Børge and his brother Bent began it all in the late 1960's - in the little village of Skærbæk in Jutland, Denmark. Since then, the company has expanded its factory several times and bought adjacent buildings - adding storage space and production capacity. By the summer of 2014, Quorning Boats has built 1,031 boats over a period of 46 years, hereof 699 trimarans. Every boat in production is built on order, causing some wait for the new owner, but, in return he gets a boat built according to his needs.
1966 Børge Quorning returned to Denmark after having worked as a boat builder in Canada. He was fuelled by the ambition to build trimarans and make Europeans appreciate them. Together with his younger brother, Bent Quorning, he bought a piece of land in Skærbæk and set to work on building a yard in 1967.
1968 the first boat was built at the yard, the Trident 28'.
Between 1969 - 1973 various trimaran prototypes (16' - 24') were built.
1974 the first production trimaran was built at Quorning Boats. It was the Trident 27’, and it would come in various designs up until 1979 by which time the company had built 36 boats. Trident 27’ was the realisation of the vision that Børge had from the beginning, and so it is an important boat in the history of the company. It was the first major step towards the range of boats on offer today, and this boat would quickly earn Quorning Boats widespread respect.
1980 was the year when Dragonfly 25’ (MK I) was put into production. This is a very important landmark in the company’s history because it marks the beginning of Quorning Boats’ successful range of production trimarans under the now well-known name of Dragonfly. Between 1980 and 1986, the company built 50 Dragonfly 25’.
From 1987 to 1988 the yard produced 58 boats of the type Dragonfly 800 (MK II), and in 1989 six boats of the type Dragonfly 800 (MK III). These two versions of the Dragonfly 800 were not folding, and it suddenly became difficult to sell this type, as Quorning Boats introduced the new Swing Wing system in 1989. 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), the company built 143 Dragonfly 800 Swing Wing.
From 1991 to 1993, Quorning Boats produced 11 of the smaller open Dragonfly 600 Daysailor, not folding. It was primarily the brainchild of Børge, who always took a special liking to the smaller boats.
Dragonfly 1000 Swing Wing went into production in 1991, and when it went out of production again in 2002, the company had built 41 boats. It was awarded "Boat of the Year" in USA in 1994, and the jury praised the boat for its construction. Reviews underlined the high performance and comfortable interior of this boat.
Jens Quorning started his apprenticeship at Quorning Boats with his farther Børge back in 1978. This was a natural step, as Jens had spent most of his life with his father at the yard, since the yard was founded. Jens Quorning became financially involved in the company in 1991, and by 1995 he was the sole owner of the company.
In 1996 the new Dragonfly 920 Swing Wing, which was released in two different versions: Cruising and Racing. This boat was larger than the Dragonfly 800, and came with a carbon mast as standard. The Dragonfly 920 was made to fill the gap between Dragonfly 800 and Dragonfly 1000, and the goal was to combine the sailing qualities of the Dragonfly 800 with spaciousness and standing height.
The new millennium gave introduction to a rather special boat at Quorning Boats. The Dragonfly 1200 Swing Wing is the largest boat ever in production at the yard.18 Dragonfly 1200 were built between the years 2000 and 2007, each boat built to the special ideas and demands of the owner. It as an Ocean Cruiser and the flagship of the company. Quorning Boats received the "Danish Design Prize" for the Dragonfly 1200 in 2001.
In 2003 the company came up with the Extreme version of the Dragonfly 920 Swing Wing. As the boat went out of production in 2008, 165 boats had been built in the three versions: Cruising, Racing or Extreme.
In 2006 Quorning Boats finished the first of the Dragonfly 35 Swing Wing, an Offshore and Ocean Cruiser made in the Touring or Ultimate version. This particular boat represents a new method of boat building. The company left the old method involving marking gauges, drawing paper, parchment, markers, a calculator etc. Now the technological era of boat building began. Jens’ good friend and colleague, Naval Architect Steen Olsen, plays an important role from now on as regards designing new boats. Today objects are made using a 5-axis CNC milling cutter. The process requires a floppy disk with the design, a large block of polystyrene and the cutter itself. The first Dragonfly 35 was launched after 3 years' development.
Right before the financial crisis of 2008, Jens received a tip-off from an English customer working in finance. This made him choose to produce the Dragonfly 28 Swing Wing instead of larger boats, and in retrospect this boat got Quorning Boats through the crisis. Production began in 2009. It is by far the most complicated boat Quorning Boats has ever produced with regard to the technics of production. It was a challenge to make the boat fit the 2.55m trailer width maximum, but this feature of course added enormously to the overall attraction of the boat. It comes in a Touring and a Sport version. It was nominated for "European Yacht of The Year" in 2010.
The Dragonfly 32 was introduced in 2012. This boat is designed by Jens Quorning and Steen Olsen and is intended for cruising as well as fast racing, being the fastest trimaran currently on offer from Quorning Boats. The Dragonfly 32 fills in the gap between the Dragonfly 28 and the Dragonfly 35. The Dragonfly 32 appears in two versions: Touring and Supreme. The Dragonfly 32 was nominated "European Yacht of the Year 2013" and awarded "Performance Boat over 30 ft. 2013" by Yachts & Yachting. Further, the Dragonfly 32 was awarded by SAIL Magazine in the category "Best Multihull 31'-40'" in 2014.
The newest boat to enter production is the Dragonfly 25, which was introduced January 2015. The Dragonfly 25 is a trailer-sailer and available in two versions, a Touring version and the more powerful and dynamic Sport version. The Dragonfly 25 is awarded by SAIL Magazine as "Best Boat 2015" in the category "Small Cruiser". Further, the Dragonfly 25 won the "European Boat of the Year 2015" award in the multihull category. The Dragonfly 25 was up against larger cruising catamarans, and it was the only trimaran represented in the multihull category.