Periodically someone finds a Dragon (or inherits one) and looks at options for restoring it or selling it to someone who is interested in a project boat. Some of these boats have an interesting racing history, some were family cruisers. The condition of the boat often depends on how it was stored, and how long ago it was last in the water. Wooden Dragons left outside and exposed to the elements can deteriorate quickly. And like all renovation projects, what you can't see adds risk to the project. Be prepared for it to take twice as long (and cost twice as much) as you think. But don't let that put you off! These restorations can be rewarding projects, if you have patience.
One of the first decisions you need to make is what's your final intent for the boat - do you want to race it, show it, or cruise it? Racing needs a stiff hull and modern rigging. Showing may require restoration to original build specs. And for cruising you want to make it sea-worthy and good to look at. Then you need to decide if you want to do most of the work yourself, or if you want to hire someone skilled in working on wooden boats to do the work for you. No matter what you do, get a copy of the Class Rules and Plans and study them carefully. To be a registered Dragon, you need to conform to the Class Rules. And, if you need help, contact
us. If we can't answer your question, we can find someone who can!
Two recent project boats that are available in the Pacific North West are Tjep, CAN32 a 1949 Abeking & Rasmussen from Germany, a former RVYC Dragon, and Marion, USA32, a 1952 Kolbjornsvik from Norway. Contact
us for more information on either of these Dragons.