The top class of the Dragons. That's the way to emphasize the Grand Prix but there is more behind these words. Before we launched the development of the boat, we had to figure out, what kind of Dragon you require in the next century. A boat without compromis - fast, functionel and beautiful.It has taken 1½ year to develop the new Borresen Dragon Grand Prix and we have really been concentrating on developing this ultimative Dragon.
With more than 60 years of experience building Dragons, we have of course wide knowledge of the Dragon. With all our experience, cooperation with some of the best Dragon sailors and with utilization of the tolerances in the rules, we have made a brand new hull shape. This shape is made to improve the speed on those areas where it is difficult to get speed in the boat - in heavy seas and light winds. Tests have already proved that there is less water resistance to the new underwater shape compared to the Dragons built so far. At the same time the speed going downwind has improved appreciably.
Method of building
The hull is built cold moulded, veneers placed on a master plug, under vacuum pressure at high temperatures and glued together with Epoxy glue (specially developed for Borresen). This method of building gives you the stiffest hull possible within the international Dragon rules. At the same time we have been able to optimise the weight distribution in the boat. The hull is long boarded and faired for the highest finish possible and painted with a 2 component high gloss paint.
The deck is also made in wood with mahogany cabin top, covering board and cockpit coaming and with teak deck. This gives a very light, stiff and beautiful deck. Boats with wooden deck have always appeared to be fast because of a better stiffening compared to boats with fibreglass decks. The cockpit floor has been raised in two levels for better working positions. The cabin top has been designed in a new more aerodynamic shape.