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|Dimensions. 29ft 2ins x 6ft 5ins beam x 4ft 5ins draught. Displacement 1700 kg.|
|Built. 1964 in Denmark by Borresson yard, the premier and largest builder of the class.|
|Construction. Carvel Mahogany on bent oak frames. All seams are close fitting and glued. All planks fastenings are plugged bronze screws. Bronze floor straps are also used.|
|Keel. Cast iron (2 ton).|
|Decks. Teak laid planks (yacht fashion) on marine plywood sub deck over pine beams. Teak laid on epoxy bed. Screwed and plugged.|
|Sails. All North Sails class regulation size. Mainsail plus two genoas (medium and lightweight). Medium and lightweight spinnakers. All in excellent condition.|
|Seagull 6 hp outboard on stainless steel transom bracket. Engine "as new" last of old style Seagull model.|
|Manual gusher bilge pump.|
|12V automatic bilge pumps|
|Seafarer depth sounder powered by 60 amp hour battery.|
Regulation but updated 2002. Comprises alloy mast and boom with stainless stays. Genoa is on roller reefing. Backstay and runners are on triple purchase blocks. Two standard class winches plus purchase blocks. All lines lead to cockpit.
Hull is varnished to high standard having been stripped near the end of 2001 and given a primer plus six coats of Colean flexi-varnish which both extremely durable and long-lasting. Red antifouling with white boot-top. Gold cavetta line. Decks are in perfect condition with teak carried onto coachroof. Inside hull is all white, stripped to bare and repainted end 2001. Folding crew seats and helmsman bench is varnished. Sole boards are slatted scrubbed teak panels.
Comprised of bare wood repaint and varnish in new Colean system. Underbody also stripped bare and re-primed with epoxy, including the keel, then primed and antifouled with hard racing Blakes. All running rigging renewed and rig upgraded. Outboard replaced.
Purpose built for boat in USSR circa 1998 to high specification. Hot dip galvanised. 4 wheeled and braked with lighting loom. Available by separate negotiation if required.
Originally registered in Sweden (denoted in the S of the keel timber carving number), she was used in Russia (St Petersburg) for many years before being imported to England. I purchased her with a view to racing her in the Solent fleet but this has now become impracticable.
Please note that her measurement certificate is lost and she will need re-measuring before she can race in an official Dragon series. This can be arranged through the RYA.
Chase is in show-room condition, being structurally sound and stiff, and cosmetically beautiful. Presently lying afloat in Poole ready for trial sail.
The Dragon is an active racing class throughout the world and they attend all major classic regattas, both in wood and GRP. "Chase" is classified as a classic Dragon due to her age and materials.
The Dragon, originally designed in 1924 was once an Olympic class and the famous "Bluebottle" was the Duke of Edinburgh's royal yacht between 1946 -1957. Being a one design they are all identical in design but the rigging can vary slightly within the rules.
She is marvelous yacht to sail and naturally relatively fast but the secret lies in her rig tuning (I am told!). A new wooden Dragon now costs up to £50,000 to order, GRP slightly less which is why they are considered to be a rich man's toy! There is an international website for the Dragon Associations with all the info you may need and a good quarterly magazine. Log onto the British Dragon website at www.britishdragons.org
Chase is for sale and realistically priced at £6,950 without trailer or £8,500 to include trailer. She can be viewed and demonstrated anytime here in Poole.
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