News Rules Modifications
The focus in the factory for the last few months has been
to make the design changes to satisfy the new rules introduced
by the IDA at the AGM last year in Oslo. These were largely
amendments to the existing rules asking the builders to make
necessary changes to increase the floatation and safety of
the Dragon after capsize or swamping.
safety side of these new rules introduce an increase in the
buoyancy to a minimum of 2500 litres (up from 1700 litres
in the old rules) and a capsize test to be carried out to
test the new design for all new boats measured after March
We had initially hoped to be allowed to introduce a bulkhead
arrangement at station 8 to achieve the additional buoyancy
required. However, the IDA technical committee would not sanction
the inclusion of this area. After much thought, design work
and discussion we have however achieved the required 2,500L
(even exceeding this by over 200 litres) We have moved the
aft bulkhead forward, raised our cockpit floor by 6cm, extended
this forward to the mast step and sealing it to create a water
tight double bottom.
lines run aft from the mast step in a channel making the front
area, aft of the mast step very clean. Drainage is focused
on water being channelled and restricted to a central sump,
where we have a new high capacity electric pump and the manual
pump. All tanks now drain into the sump area through one way
valves, and we have a "mini "bulkhead and wash board
at station 8.
Other changes in the new model include:
- A solid tube for the spinnaker shute in the forward tank.
- One way valves draining all buoyancy tanks .
- Anchor stowage in the cockpit under the main cockpit floorboards
- A new battery box with carrying handle