Years ago — it must have been 2007 or thereabouts — I was looking for an ultimate boatbuilding and racing challenge.
Here’s what I found:
(Photo courtesy Great White North, http://www.gwndragonboat.com. The Dragon Boat pictured is not necessarily wooden. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not.)
Here’s what I envisioned at that time:
Great White North then offered Dragon Boat kits in plywood (they still do — CN$7,000). I was thinking what a great boatbuilding project this would be: to get two of them, and open up the boatbuilding part to anyone who wanted to pitch in, a few days before the WoodenBoat Show. And then race them in the Mystic River. Although there were a few navigational issues.
After the show, I was imagining offering one finished boat to a group in Portland (ME) and another in Bangor (ME) and having races in Back Cove (Portland) and down the Penobscot River (Bangor).
(Rendering courtesy Great White North, http://www.gwndragonboat.com. This, too, is not a wooden one.)
A crew of 20 + coxswain (helmsperson ) + drummer per boat.
Well, moments into my revery lo’ those many years ago, the economy crashed. And so did this dream.
Talking with the nice people at Great White North this morning, I learned that they sell plans for plywood construction: CN$2,500. But you won’t find anything about the kit boats or plans on their website. Here again is the link:
For more information, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little gooooogling yielded two other kit suppliers. I have no idea if this information is still correct:
And so I am passing the mantle to you, gentle readers. Get your community involved and have some fun in the process. And please let me know your progress?
What do you think?