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FCPO
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Post by FCPO » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:36 pm

Have just obtained what I am told is an "original" or maybe as I have seen it referred to here a "classic" Dragon. I have tried to get a grip on what defines a "classic" but based on the information I have read here not sure there is a true definition. That said, have full intention of attempting to restore it to as close as original condition as possible and hopefully enjoying it for a few years. The "uppers" and the "ribs" are in perfect shape, but there is some rot in the 5 planks above the keel.

What I would like, if it is possible, is some guidence on how I can trace the history of this particular boat. I have no paperwork and can only go by what I have been told by the idividual I obtained it from. He inherited from his father and can only provide the infromation his dad passed to him.

Based on what he has told me, the "boat" was built in 51/52 as a training boat for the Canadian Dragon Sailing Team in either Quebec or Ontario. It is constructed entirely of wood, "plank on rib" construction, even the mast is wood. The only other information I have, is what is stenciled on the sail bags. All of them contain the marking "KC40"; (each bag is sequentually number), along with the name of the sailmaker " 1958- Ratsey&Lapthorne LTD - Sailmakers - Gosport England".

Can it be traced?

Does anyone have any specfic advise on restoring it? I have read "bits" about "stiffening" it. Is this advisable and where would one find some assistance to help, if it is? Is there some place where you can get direction on how to rig it?

Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

FCPO
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Mickey Lake
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Hey FCPO, if you will......

Post by Mickey Lake » Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:07 pm

pm me I can give you Pete Jeffrey's e-mail address and Pete can help you with what records they have. I can also put you in touch with some folks who are already doing what you want to do, and give you the names of some builders.

Mickey Lake USA149
A disciple of the Norse God of aesthetically pleasing boats, Johan Anker.

trw999
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Post by trw999 » Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:45 am

These articles may help:

http://www.blythco.clara.net/yachts/article.htm

http://www.britishdragons.org/classicsdonstreet.htm

Ratsey's still make fine sails in Cowes:

http://www.ratsey.com/ratseysails/

Good luck with your restoration!

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Post by FCPO » Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:31 pm

Mickey/trw99

Thank you for the quick response's and the info. Will probably have more specific questions as this project unfolds.

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