The first plans for developing a Doomernik Dragon were laid in 1994. In 1996, the actual development of this unique Dragon class yacht began. After accurately measuring and documenting existing Dragons, slowly but surely the dream became reality. Nothing was spared to develop the most rigid, most beautiful and fastest Dragon in the world. In short, a new Doomernik Dragon is the culmination of a long-term development process. Every Doomernik Dragon 'sits' in the mould for 4,5 weeks! the process of laminating the super stiff hull takes time. layer by layer with slow curing vinylesther resin ensuring an exact shape without shrinkage. The inner mould encorporates the reinforcement of the keel, the bulkheads, watertight side compartments that are in fact long stringers to further stiffen the hull. This inner moulding is glued into the hull using positioning frames when the hull is still in the hullmould. this to ensure the hull shape after she is lifted out of the hull mould. A fantastic teak deck, incredible mahogany frames and a stylish mahogany cockpit. Or alternatively, a stiff fibreglass deck. All unique details, characterized by quality finishing. Piece for piece, these are the attributes of a Doomernik Dragon, unique among its peers, and offering incomparable quality. You can also have your Doomernik Dragon finished according to your exact requirements, wishes and dreams. The end result speaks for itself! From 2015 you have the choice for a low or high cockpit floor. Your Doomernik Dragon can be fitted out with our standard layout or to your exact specifications.
For over seventy years, the Dragon has been a symbol of performance, competitiveness, timeless elegance and unmistakable classical beauty. The tradition is reborn with Doomernik Dragon. Doomernik Dragons is responsible for a complete new design of a Dragon class yacht. Within the framework of the demands, standards and regulations imposed on the Dragon class, we have developed a Dragon that distinguishes itself in terms of quality, speed, compactness, safety and sailing comfort. The combination of advanced computer technology, top nautical architects and professional boat builders results in more than a perfect, innovative Dragon design.
Building a Doomernik Dragon is a unique story. Firsts of all the whole composite part is built 'in house'. It begins with the hull. Great attention is paid to the hull. To bring the laminate (from High Modulus of England) into the mould, only the best quality resins and gel coats are used. Patience is a virtue here, because a Doomernik Dragon stays in the mould longer than usual. Quality is the primary concern. Through a ‘keel in shoe’ system, the keel is placed in the hull. The result is a highly glossy ‘dry sailing’ bottom.
In 1999, Doomernik Dragons developed the ‘internal moulding’. This internal is glued into the hull while it is still in the mould. For this, the internal is screwed onto special fitting frames, which fit seamlessly on the ridge of hull mould. The end result is extremely accurate positioning of the internal and, thanks to the earlier completed gluing and laminating of the internal shell, a very rigid hull.
The interior of a Doomernik Dragon is instantly recognizable due to the sea of space, its futuristic ambiance and a flat floor. This also contributes to the longitudinal rigidity of the yacht. At the foot of the mast there is a special ducting in the floor to provide space for routing various ‘trim’ functions. Along the entire length of the yacht, cavities along the sides function as ‘stringer’ to stiffen the whole construction. The tube for the spinnaker shute is present along the total length of the foredeck. The tube is made from a thin-walled lightweight polyester tube. This prevents water entering the front compartment, and ensures the spinnaker always slides smoothly in the tube.
The recently developed polyester Doomernik Dragons deck is very ergonomic. The attractive teak frames are fully integrated into the tub walls while the layout is further optimized. The polyester deck is fabricated using a vacuum technique that makes it extremely stiff.
The layout of a Doomernik Dragon is based on many years of experience in maintenance and restoration of Dragons from a variety of different boat builders. For the layout, you can choose between a ‘Doomernik Barney post’ or a more traditional traveller beam. In the Doomernik Barney post, the helmsman can sit further forward to optimally centralize weight in the boat. Through this unique positioning and the form of the trim functions, the Barney post is ideally suited to ‘hiking’. In the standard setup, all-important trim functions can be operated by both the helmsman and the middleman. Of course, all set-ups are possible on request.
The interior of a Doomernik Dragon looks uncluttered and relaxing. This is in part due to the flat floor and also because much tackle is routed under the floor. The floor is simple to decorate with teak planks. The solid teak floor hatches are very user-friendly, while both electrical and manual pumps in the bilge make sure the boat stays dry.
Controls are fitted to the cabin top for trimming the genoa during hiking. During light weather, it’s also possible to operate them from the lee side. The rigging is from John Mast. The standard fixed jumpers can be replaced by adjustable jumpers. A kicker-pusher is mounted under the boom so that when releasing the mainsheet, the boom is pushed upwards. This has the big advantage that in light weather, the weight of the boom does not hang on the main sail.
So many possibilities, so many options. On request, the layout of a Doomernik Dragon can be executed entirely according to your personal wishes and taste.