View Full Version : You want to see a really old Dragon?

02-06-2011, 02:06 PM
Go to www.draken.nl and take a look at that boat built in 1936. That is probably the oldest Dragon I have ever seen listed for sale. Our North American Dragons only go back to the Olympic years of the late 1940's. That's an old boat.

Looks like Ernst has some very fine boats in stock right now.

Mickey Lake

Peter Malcolm Jardine
02-06-2011, 02:21 PM
Nice Mickey... yes, some lovely boats.

02-07-2011, 03:38 PM
Would love to know if she has a curved transom. My boat ('Kestrel' GBR 207, 1948 Tucker Brown) has one, as I understand it they were outlawed in the 1947 rule change. Quite how my boat got measured with one a year later I don't know, but she has a certificate.

02-08-2011, 07:39 AM
Matt, it is very nice to meet you! Are you in Britain or just carrying a British sail number? Many of our older Dragons here in North America carry foreign sail numbers, and right now the Brits are making a push to find all of their old boats (just as we are in the US and Canada). Are you in touch with them?

Mickey Lake

02-08-2011, 02:43 PM
Hi Mickey,
Yes we are in Britain.
They should know about me, I've chased round the back of both the Aldebugh and Cowes Dragon fleets with her, including delivering her there and back between the two places on her own bottom. Seeing 13knots on the GPS whilst surfing around Beachy Head, with only the main up in a 60 year old Dragon was part of the experience!

Paul Pless
02-08-2011, 02:53 PM

02-08-2011, 11:26 PM
Geez, sorry, Mickey, for a minute there I thought you were talkin' about Joan Rivers!:D

02-09-2011, 08:15 AM
Thanks for posting the photo, Paul. You know that I can't do that.

Matt, is your deck layout similiar to that one?

Mickey Lake

02-09-2011, 04:58 PM

Modern Deck. There are carlings for a forehatch underneath and the coachroof on there now is blocked in from the original carlings at the front if you know what I mean. I do know of one pre-war dragon with a very similar deck layout to the one in the advert though.

As I understand it before the war they could only use european timber, therefore Maogany planking was a post war thing. My boat is Pitch pine, I suspect she was started just before the rule change, or the yard was slow to catch on!

02-10-2011, 09:13 AM
Your boat looks fantastic, Matt. Wish mine looked so good.

For my boat's 50th birthday in 2013 I am going to give her a new deck. She needs it.

Mickey Lake

Dan McCosh
02-10-2011, 09:24 AM
1936 is old?

02-10-2011, 01:17 PM
It is to Dragon sailors. The boat was designed in 1928 or 1929, so yeah, a 1936 model is pretty old.

Mickey Lake