Some of you (like Mickey Lake) may already know I've "purchased" a classic Dragon called Looe that was rotting on it's mooring on the Pittwater in Sydney and hauled it 830km up to Northern New South Wales. I have a thread about its resto' on the Wooden Boat Forum:
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread. ... ry-of-Looe
But I think I'll come here for specialist advice beyond basic hull and deck construction issues.
Not having any other Dragons on the Tweed (I think a small fleet is taking shape in Brisbane and hour and a half's drive north) I'm more interested in the idea of having a vessel that will be able to be cruised on short coastal hops, but still be able to be stripped back for serious competition when we take her down to Sydney, or Melbourne. The hidden, and major, agenda is to ensure that I have as much positive buoyancy built into the boat as possible.
I understand that Anker originally drew an accommodation plan for the Dragon that was pretty basic, yet still had the fundamental characteristics of a cruising yacht.
Did I say I'd like to try and make my cockpit self draining?
Has anyone tried creating, or seen such a Dragon?