What's hot for Summer 2014?
Over the winter we have been responding to requests from
sailors to produce a Dragon with no spinnaker chute. After
testing and refining the original ideas we have now achieved
this in a simple but effective way, and are very happy with
the solution now offered. The new boats can be seen at regattas.
the modern windward/leeward championship courses have simplified
the spinnaker hoisting/dropping
procedure from the old traditional triangle courses. With
a little practice the crew are finding the new hoisting and
dropping procedure quick and efficient. Definitely safer for
The spinnaker is now stowed on the port side under the cuddy
in a bag which opens and closes during the manoeuvres. Above
the bag there is a glass fibre fairing piece which helps the
spinnaker slide in and out of the bag.
the cuddy top you can see the addition of two fore and aft
slots. This is the control for the pole up and pole down.
This allows the pole position to be adjusted either by the
crew on the foredeck or from the cockpit.
By re routing some of the systems (e.g. pole up/down on cuddy,
no spinnaker hatch open etc.) we have totally removed the
under cuddy cleat beam which gives a completely different
look to the boats with no spinnaker chute.
We also have a new simple, light weight furling system, which
works with a single pull. Some teams are now half furling
the genoa in light wind tacking.
also have developed a new mast step option that is carefully
engineered to give a very accurate base for the mast and also
utilises the class rule allowing 10mm fore/aft movement.
We have not neglected the spinnaker chute boat and added
a new refinement of a bearing roller to assist getting the
spinnaker in and out of the chute. These can be retro fitted
to older boats too. (see
There are numerous other small changes and developments which
have taken place over the last few months. Tim would be pleased
to give you a guided tour of the new style boat if you see
him at regattas.
Otherwise we always welcome visitors at our workshop for
a guided tour. For further details and pictures please e-mail
We are now pleased to be able offer the option of new boats
with the traditional chute, or without the chute, as well
as with a traveller beam or Barney post arrangement.