Type: International Dragon Class (One-Design)
LOA: 8.90 m (29.2 ft)
LWL: 5.66 m (18.6 ft)
Beam: 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Draft: 1.20 m (3 ft 11 in)
Hull weight: 1,700 kg (3,700 lb)
Construction: Carvel – GRP – Cold molded Composite
Main & jib area: 27.7 m2 (298 sq ft)
Mainsail area: 16.0 m2 (172 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area: 11.7 m2 (126 sq ft)
Spinnaker area: 23.6 m2 (254 sq ft)
Crew: 2–4 – Maximum crew weight: 285 kg (628 lb)
RYA PN: 986
Year Designed: 1929
Designer: Johan Anker
A unique ‘day-sailor’ based on the hull of a competition Dragon, and the only Dragon builder in the Netherlands, fulfilling the dream of many touring yachts sailors.
From the basic model, the boat can be extended as desired with trim options like a spinnaker chute on the foredeck that even allows single-handed spinnakering!
The ‘barney post’, so specific to Doomernik Dragons, is a mainsheet island in the cockpit along which you can walk forwards on both sides, making the whole cockpit accessible to the helmsman. What’s more, there are all kinds of comfort-enhancing options like a cool box and even an electric motor. Doomernik also supplies all the necessary accessories, like sails, covers and trailers for a potential holiday.
Practical, comfortable and eye-catching. The basic characteristics of the competition Dragon combined with the specific demands of a touring boat make the ‘day-sailor’ from Doomernik Dragons an attainable boat for everyone.
This ‘day-sailor’ construction has the same hull as the competition model and the same wooden deck that gives the boat its vintage look. The layout has been simplified though, guaranteeing straightforward yachting pleasure, even single-handed.
5301 KR Zaltbommel
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Website: Doomernik Yachts
The Dragon class was initiated by the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, who gave Norwegian yacht designer Johan Anker a brief for a cheap cruising/racing boat with about 20 20 square metres (220 sq ft) of sail area. After the Second World War, the boat was considered slow, and genoa and spinnaker was introduced.
The Dragon’s long keel and elegant metre-boat lines remain unchanged, but today Dragons are constructed using the latest technology to make the boat durable and easy to maintain. GRP construction was introduced in 1973 and the rigging has been regularly updated.
The Dragon class is actively represented in over 26 countries on 5 continents. There were 1,444 boats registered in 2004 and the number of boats built has averaged 45 per year. There are many more which are used for day sailing. The World Championships are held in every odd year and the European Championships are held annually. The Gold Cup, which can only be held in certain specified European countries, is unique in that all six races count without discard. It is held annually and often attracts over 100 entries, usually starting in one fleet.
A strong Class Association manages the class rules carefully to ensure safety, high quality and uniformity. Spars and sails have a wide range of adjustment during racing, allowing a skillful crew to optimize the boat for any conditions. Crew weight limits, and restrictions on hiking out allow the Dragon to be raced successfully by a range of ages and both genders. It is possible to tow the Dragon behind many vehicles. It is often dry-sailed. It may be raced against boats of other classes, employing a Portsmouth Yardstick handicap of 986 or a D-PN of 89.5.
Since 2008 the Dragon is one of the Vintage Yachting Classes at the Vintage Yachting Games.