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  1. #841
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    Hi Duncan. The unscratchable is going from the current owners house 100 metres to the marina hard-stand on Wednesday where it will be anti-fouled and launched with ceremony on the 28th (a long weekend here). Ive booked a berth until Easter so I can take her sailing whenever I get a chance.

    The excitement is off the scale. I flew there today to check out measurements for the engine bracket (spartan) and a flag pole socket (and stroke it). The other day I picked up my large fenders from my catamaran and added felt covers for them. I'll be back there Tuesday

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    Hell! I'd add red velvet covers to the fenders!

    I'm not jealous! Rooly and trooly!
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    Today: ran new fine tune runners on the glass boat, put a coat of varnish on the tiller for the glass boat, scrubbed the woodie from top to bottom and began de-rigging her for the trip to the shop. She will get her damaged stem (we hit something big a couple of years ago and have some damage at the waterline) repaired and the red top sides spray renewed. Hope to put the rig back in the glass boat next weekend.

    Also did some varnishing on my Fish class boat. A busy day.

    Oh yeah, I repaired the yacht club push mower and cut around the Dragon. And I got a new tiller extension for the glass boat.

    Mickey Lake
    'A disciple of the Norse god of aesthetically pleasing boats, Johan Anker'

  4. #844
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    Default Re: Time for a Dragon Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Gibbs View Post
    Did my 'insane' comment kill this thread? Phil? Is the unscratchable yacht nessled up at home yet? RSEG? Is the 'I've got to scratch this dragon totally before giving it an unscratchable coat of paint nessled up in you workshop yet?
    Yes, it is! In the good old days (when you had to adjust your tie before sailing) dragons were all white. (image courtesy of draakzeilen.nl showing one of her sister boats)
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  5. #845
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    We gave her a quick dunk today between trailer and cradle for antifouling to check waterline and leaks. On the 28th we do it for real
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  6. #846
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    Hey Mickey Lake,
    I'm off Island for a few days but when I get back I'm going to dig through my pictures and see if I can find some of Scarlett back in the early / mid 80's ...........what a great boat!!

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    We saw a bunch of Dragons when we were in Dournenez last summer. I thought some of you guys might want to see pics.



























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    Some will see this as sacrilege but where I sail has a strong tidal flow between the marina and the sea. At least, being removable, while sailing, nothing is visible. It's the Spartan bracket.

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    My wooden boat came with a bracket but I have never used a motor. I do carry two good paddles with me.

    Steven, Dournenez is a real Dragon hot spot this time of year when the Northern Europeans are frozen in. They have some major events there every winter.

    Mickey Lake
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    The Dournenez regatta held in May has attracted smaller numbers over the last couple of years. There were over 100 Dragons when I raced there about 14 years ago. It used to be an IDA Grade 1 event but has now lost that status.

    At this time of year most folk are heading to Portugal and Cascais.

    Tim

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    Didn't one sink at the Portugal event last year? IIRC I found a shot or two of it going down. Did they find it and raise it Tim?
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    I don't know what the rules say about it, but I have heard stories of them sailing on the Great Lakes in 40 knots. That is a little too rich for my blood. I really don't enjoy racing in anything above 20 knots. Odd, because when I was just starting out and it was someone else's boat I thought heavy weather was great fun.

    Mickey Lake
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    Racing starts at our club later this month. It'll soon be time to dust down all our kit and get the boats rigged and ready.

    An initiative we are exploring is for our national association to buy a loaner boat, which would spend a few weeks at our key fleets, allowing keen sailors the opportunity to come sailing with us and experience the Dragon. Hopefully a good few of those folk will become Dragon owners.

    So if you find yourselves in the UK this season, let me know!

    Tim

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    If your fleet can afford it that sounds like a great idea, Tim.

    Mickey Lake
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    I'm loving the Dragon. In fact been sailing so much I haven't had time to do the jobs I wanted to do like make a padded bag so the engine can be stored easily below while sailing. I need to clean it's bottom too. Half the time I sail it by myself hence the slides and auto helm. It's quite a tricky harbour to get out of with a 7 knot tide at times

    Sadly in 3 weeks it will be put back on it's trailer for winter :-(



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    Gorgeous!
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    Its loveliness increases; it will never
    Pass into nothingness; but still will keep" - John Keats

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    She is a beautiful boat.

    I have my woodie taken apart for her trip to the shop. I am doing some exterior varnishing and will paint the deck before I take her in to get the collision damage repaired (we hit something heavy in a race two years ago). Our first Dragon race of the year is the 22nd of April, in the glassfibre boat. Hopefully this year will not be as frustrating as last, with all of the breakdowns.

    Mickey Lake
    'A disciple of the Norse god of aesthetically pleasing boats, Johan Anker'

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